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Date Posted: 5/1/2009 11:15 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/1/2009 11:18 PM ET
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The entire PBS experience.  I love PBS.  I spend hours each day here.  I follow the little truck.  I follow books I've mailed out to see how far they've traveled since I mailed them.   I read and write reviews.  I read the forums.  I check my WL to see if I've moved any today!  Amazing that I have any time to read books.

Ruth

Date Posted: 5/1/2009 11:22 PM ET
Member Since: 1/5/2008
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SWAPS!  i love the games forum, and have a serious addiction.

Date Posted: 5/1/2009 11:48 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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The swaps and the forums.   Can't really say why but I've loved the forums from the beginning.  Oh yes, and the books!  LOL

Date Posted: 5/1/2009 11:50 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2009
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Everything!  Must check everytime I am near a computer to see if I am missing anything. lol

DH thought we were gonna end up with less books in the house, not more!!  lol

Date Posted: 5/1/2009 11:58 PM ET
Member Since: 2/17/2009
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I'm addicted to the forums.  I have to make myself stop so I have time to read.

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 12:04 AM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2009
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I have four big addictions:  (1) writing writing writing --- letters to other swappers, for the most part; I strike up a short correspondence w/ about 1 out of 3 of the folks I have a transaction with, coming or going; some of those bloom into long correspondences, which turn into all these people in my mailbox I haven't written a while, whom I really love being in touch with, so I could spend all day just writing to them all; and then there's the forums, which can be a big time sink if I take on a project like the thread I initiated a few days ago in Club Members' Thoughts; plus writing reviews, which I love to do; I complain to my husband about all the writing I do at this website, but really IT'S A BLAST; (2) wandering all over my house grabbing (mostly) brand-new books, then plugging their ISBNs into the site, to see if any of them are wishlisted; in any one sweep, at least one of them will be--that is so much fun; so I fight that addiction: I don't let myself do it anymore until I'm really in need of a pick-me-up; (3)searching and more searching, for books I'd like to have for myself, usually by "shopping" in Amazon, then pasting the ISBN over here, then back to Amazon, and so on. Another really fun activity--like window-shopping, except sometimes you hit paydirt and actually get to acquire what you see in the window! (4) I adore wrapping book packages, and spend hours & hours at it: I have slowly accumulated a store of different ways of decorating packages, from silly or cutesy to artsy or crafty, and everything else I can think of; plus organizing all my materials, and thinking about future decorating projects; I'm cogitating, ever so slowly, about joining a mail art group, so I can further explore this delightfully ephemeral medium. In the meantime, the lovely brown textured "Caremail" super-"green" envelopes I use are an inviting canvas for my ventures. The fun I am having with the art/craft process involved in wrapping books--that, of all that I'm doing here--is definitely the most unexpected!

We're using the word "addiction" casually, of course. I read that for the clinical definition of "addiction" to be met, it's not enough, merely to have an addictive activity. It has to be one that's causing you physical, psychological, social &/or occupational impairment. That's where people are when they join 12-step programs. Are any of us at that point? Sometimes I do wonder about myself! =laugh=

--Fiona



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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 12:16 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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My DH would say I should be ready for the 12-step program.  I have piles of books all over the place.  And the problem is that I have a bookshelf, but no place to put it up.  I'm really looking for a bookshelf that I can keep near my chair where I read.  There's really no room for one there though!

Ruth

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 1:57 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I love being able to read and post about books late at night.  Library is closed and their website is off.  Amazon and such suck up money and have untrustworthy reviews.  (When a writer can edit out the bad reviews?  Yuck.)  I can find books and other book addicts even in the wee hours.  Thank you.

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 8:46 AM ET
Member Since: 4/13/2008
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Everything about PBS is great.  Checking my wish-list (although it does get kinda depressing with the dates listed now), reading the forums. I love finding obscure books that are wish-listed to send people. Meeting and talking with new people. I know when my life slows down some and I have more time, that I will spend more time on PBS. The games look like alot of fun.

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 10:45 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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My big addiction is getting and sending books! I don't play the games and almost never do searches here--most of my "shopping" is done via my wishlist these days. Although I check a few forums nearly daily (this one and a couple of genre forums) I'm not rabid about them and could give that part up if I had to--and sometimes my forum participation is greatly curtailed by work and other stuff going on.

But I love watching my autorequested wishlist books come available and then getting them in the mail. I also love sending books to others, particularly books I've read myself and liked, hoping those folks will get as much enjoyment out of them as I did.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 11:27 AM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2007
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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 11:35 AM ET
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Actually I don't feel like I've got an addiction. PBS is just another way to get books. That's all.

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 12:07 PM ET
Member Since: 1/28/2007
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I like getting good books for DW.  It keeps her happy and making ppl happy has many benefits.

It's also nice to post in a forum without flame wars between alpha males.  Everyone is so nice here.

Dan (for Marilyn)