AUGUST 12, 2013 UPDATE: I have just returned from a lovely vacation in the Boston, MA, area with three more books. I really couldn't help myself. I mean, I was at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (setting of Little Women), Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous House of the Seven Gables, and Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond. What's a Bibliophile to do????? I will write more about my literary travel adventures soon, after my reassimilation back into work life.
It's official. I'm a book addict. There must be a better word for that, something stronger than "bibliophile." Bibliophilia, maybe? Let's see. ((riffles through dictionary)). Nope. No such word according to Merriam-Webster, but I'm sure I saw it somewhere. Oh, well. Wait, here's one. "Bibliomania." It means "an extreme preoccupation with collecting books." Yes, that's it!
My on-deck circle, to borrow a phrase from baseball, now fills almost an entire bookshelf. Funny, the only time I was a real baseball fan was at age ten, when I would hurry home from school to watch the Cubs. If I ran, I could make it in time for the National Anthem on days when the games started at three o'clock.
My husband joked that I would need at least two weeks of vacation to read all of these, the delight of which I did ponder for a bit, but then I realized I am very much looking forward to visiting the Boston area with my family. I guess I'll have to take on the challenge of making it through the pile one by one throughout the year while writing the third and fourth Bibliophiles novels AND stop buying any new books until I finish these.
I think I can do it.
Hey, have you heard about Neil Gaiman's latest? It's getting great reviews. Or how about Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box? Cool premise, right?