First of all, how do you define a book addict and a book lover? Which one are you? What are the differences between the two?
I had to really stop and think about this one, and even now, I’m not really sure I have it figured out, so I’d love to hear your opinions on this topic! I’d say a book lover is someone who enjoys reading and also has a good appreciation for books. Book addict sounds more like a negative connotation, so perhaps someone who is obsessed with reading, or buying books but not necessarily reading them.
I consider myself a book lover because while I do love books and spend a lot of time reading, it’s still a healthy relationship as I do have other things I enjoy doing in my free time like watching movies, listening to music etc.
Do you think that being a book addict is harmful for a person? Are there merits to being a book addict vs a book lover?
It could be harmful if they’re reading or buying books just for the sake of it, or maybe reading so much that they begin to neglect other things in life. A book addiction might not be as bad as some other addictions, but I don’t see any merits to it as anything taken to an extreme is never a good thing. That said, I’ve never really come across anyone who has such an unhealthy relationship with books to the extent that they are literally unable to put down a book or would be completely lost without one. Being a book lover on the other hand, is wonderful. There’s are so many amazing books out there, so many worlds and stories to discover, and there is something that every type of reader can appreciate.
What do you think makes a reader a book addict or a book lover? Share your thoughts in the comments below!