Saturday, November 14, 2015
Problems of a Lifelong Book Nerd
I love books. No, I really love books. I love having them around me. I love old books as much as I love new books. I love review copies. I love reading about books that won't be published for months to come. I love searching for bargains in used book bookstores or even at Barnes & Noble. I especially love first editions, and I love offbeat editions of books I already own. I freely admit that when it comes to books, I've got a problem.
The real problem, however, as most book lovers will immediately understand, is not my love of the printed book. Instead, it's the problem of finding the space to house all the books I already own and the time to actually read some of them. I'm not about to offer any solutions to those problems here because I have never come even close to solving either of them. I've resigned myself to the fact that I will never have enough of either...because no real book lover ever does. It's a given.
So why did I stop by Barnes & Noble today for god's sake? The reason will be obvious to my fellow book nerds: I was passing right in front of the store on my way home from a visit to my father's apartment (where I had already acquired a new book because someone there had given it to him so that he could pass it on to me). Come one, confess...you would have stopped at B&N, too...right?
And now I am the proud owner of three other books I never knew existed before my unplanned stop at the bookstore this morning. For now they are going to sit on the floor, right next to my desk, until I can find a better spot for them. I already know that I'm unlikely to read any of them in the next few weeks because I'm already rather frantically trying to finish several very long library books before they have to go back to the library in just a few days. I know that I could just return them late and pay the nominal fine involved, but I have a personal rule that I never purposely return a book late that another patron has placed on hold. I hate that when people do it to me when I'm next in line, and I refuse to do it to others. (I do admit that I'm tempted this time because of how long I waited for some of these books to become available to me. After all, it's not my fault that they all arrived at the same time.)
Problems of book lovers...aren't they great?