Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"She is too fond of books...

... and it has turned her brain." This quote from Louisa May Alcott probably goes a long way towards explaining why I am the way I am. I can't remember a time when I didn't love books and all things related to books - bookmarks, book journals, book lists, quotes about books - and the love of reading has definitely shaped my life. You would think working in a library would dull that constant need for new books, but I still check out several library books each week, support the economy (and Borders and Barnes and Noble) by buying books, and also visit the Friends on-going book sale shelves on the first floor of the library on a regular basis. This week I'll be literally buried in all things books as the Friends of the Library prepare for their Spring Book Sale this weekend. Set-up, cashiering, and clean-up for the sale are on my schedule this weekend and I'm looking forward to picking over all the great used books that come in for the sale. If you've never been to one of these book sales you've been missing a real treat. The sale brings back memories of all the books I read as a kid - Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, Beverly Cleary's many series for children - Beezus and Ramona, Henry and Ribsy, and Ellen Tebbits - plus amazing first edition finds, along with recent bestsellers and old favorites. Check it out!

A few more of my favorite quotes about books:

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx

"I would be content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think that decorating consistes mostly of building enough bookshelves." Anna Quindlen

"Classic - a book people praise and don't read." Mark Twain

"My book club can beat up your book club. " (from a t-shirt)

Linda K.


Anonymous said...

Great quotes, Linda!

Here's an amusing one from High Fidelity author Nick Hornby:

"Books are, let's face it, better than everything else. If we played cultural Fantasy Boxing League, and made books go 15 rounds in the ring against the best that any other art form had to offer, then books would win pretty much every time. Go on, try it. The Magic Flute v. Middlemarch? Middlemarch in six. The Last Supper v. Crime and Punishment? Fyodor on point. And every now and again you'd get a shock, because that happens in sport, so Back to the Future III might land a lucky punch on Rabbit, Run; but I'm still backing literature 29 times out of 30.C"

Anonymous said...

I think of it as "book gluttony" - age and common sense has led me to temper so many of my other binge-worthy vices, but I still feel like I'm getting away with something over-the-top I walk out with a big 'ole bag of books and magazines!

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