Most Psychologists agree that one may obsess over something for many different reasons but most likely are looking for 1 of 2 things: clarity, or reassurance. When applying this to bookworms one would most likely assume that the reader is seeking reassurance on a subject in their own life. This tactic however can become thorny in the extremes, i.e if a reader is reading a novel on the subject of war, one would assume the reader is looking for battle tactics; when a reader is most likely looking for inspiration from someone going through a difficult time.
Writing most likely originated in bronze age Mesopotamia, however this was mostly as a means of communication or a record of history. Literary writing didn’t begin to show up until the iron age with texts such as the Hebrew bible and early literature from Greece. The rest is simply history, it’s safe to assume that as long as there has been books someone is obsessing over it!
So why would someone obsess over a book? Well I think it’s safe to say that it changes with genre, when we asked Ms. Olson the librarian at our school the same question she quoted George R. R. Martin “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.” She said she believes this is very true. Ms. Knight said this; “When someone reads they receive a personal connection with the characters,” she talked about her book hangovers that when she finishes a series she actually feels like something has gone from her life.
The best thing about being obsessed with books is that it’s probably not going to destroy your life, so if you’re already reading, great keep going; if your not, get started!