I am a book addict its official. Books in my bag, books in my shelf, books in my (car) I’m saying that carefully because it’s still a dream car. A car that I have read of in books, wait, I’m talking about books right? Focus!
Like everyone who draws inspiration from good books, I love good titles. The problem is I am a painfully slow reader. So borrowing your copy does not work for me. I have to acquire my own. You know the type of love relationship that girls have with shoes, or bags? The love that makes you an impulse buyer, well, I have a confession, I buy books on impulse. My shelf is full and my wallet sometimes gets dented but I don’t mind it. Wait, is that denial? I heard that addicts have denial symptoms in a phase of their addiction.
I’ve end up with a pile of books which I have read the first few chapters. Sometimes I read multiple books at the same time. These are from a wide variety of genres: motivational, fiction, African fiction, poetry books, biographies, to children’s fiction- you know, those interesting ones that makes you want to write for children.
This is just one of those bad habits that one acquires along the way of life. So I came to a conclusion that I am a book addict. Do I need help? Well, that depends on the angle from where you are looking at my ‘problem’.
Are there support groups for my kind? I heard that people get help from book clubs. This is the reason why I am on a hunt for book clubs in Nairobi. So far I have managed to locate a few support groups for book addicts. Oh! Book clubs is the politically correct term.
- Nairobi 1st Thurs book club which meets on the first Thursday of the month. The description on Goodreads was: a group of avid Nairobi readers meets to discuss their latest read. Every second book will be about something in Africa.
- Book club Meetups in Nairobi is a website that has several groups of book lovers. I am still making my pick.
- Daystar University book club is open to the Daystar University fraternity and the friends of Daystar.
- Story Moja has a book club for professionals who have a passion for reading. While they put a book in each hand, they help their book lovers generate thought provoking discussions.
Now I just have to take the next step and go to the support groups personally. I guess the first day at the group; I would have to introduce myself. “Hello everyone, my name is Juliet, and I am a book addict”. Or maybe not! Anyone been to a book club out there?