I may not have always been a reader, but I love books. I’m a bit of a book snob. I love libraries for research and note-taking, but for pleasure-reading, I’m selfish. I need my own book.
I’m needy when it comes to books. I want my own margins, my own headers and footers, my own lines to underline and draw boxes around. I love the idea if borrowing a book in a library, especially if it’s an old book with a worn-in binding, and yellowed pages. With that said, I’m hesitant to even borrow books from friends, because impulsively, I’ll write in them.
Ironically, some of my favorite books are literary-themed. I’ve listed three here, (though trust me there are many others): Michael Chabon’s Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Travelers Wife , and Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love. They all either have characters who are librarians or writers, or take place in some kind of literary landscape. If you haven’t read these books, you should. They are filled with urgency, desire and a love for the written word, but do not ask me for my own copies, because some are signed and I assure you my pages are filled with my markings.