Are you a Bibliomaniac?
I know I spend way too much time on the net reading news stories, interest pieces and of course blogs, but probably half that time is in the comments sections. I love to check out what everyone else is thinking about a subject. There are a lot of nasty people out there...lol, but there are also many well thought-out opinions. That's how I stumbled across the charming video posted below which delves into the obsession of book collecting in Paris; I was reading an article in the National Post entitled 'Confessions of a Book Hoarder' and someone had posted a link to it in the comments section. One thing I came away with was the realization that no matter how popular online readers become, the book in it's purest form is alive and well.
"Haven't you ever bought a book that you want to read, but you haven't?" really resonated with me and I expect everyone who reads. When I returned from Ontario two weeks ago, I had four new books to add to the pile of eleven (my personal best) I'd scoured up on a fall trip. Add that to the ones I continually pick up throughout the year and my bedside table is in danger of collapsing! The fact that ninety-nine percent of these are from second-hand shops changes nothing. Still, I am a very small-fry in the scheme of things as evidenced by the video and the A&E series Hoarders, which I tune into once in a while. I will admit to a morbid fascination with the lives of people in the throes of obsession, but I can only watch so long before I have to change the channel - a new soundtrack would help, the current one is soul-sucking!
I'm curious to hear how many books you currently have waiting in the wings, and do you keep them once they are read?