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Get Your Tissues Ready: It’s Time for Book Porn!
October 13, 2015, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Books, Literature, Reading | Tags: , , , , ,

You’re obsessed with books? You don’t even know what obsession means.

Of course, maybe you do. How could I know? You could have some awful stalker-like tendencies and be obsessed with the blonde who lives in 4-A.*

My obsession is a little…safer. Because I’m obsessed with some emmereffing books.

It Started When I Was a Child…

This may seem impossible, but I was a really, really shy kid. Like many shy kids, I escaped from the anxiety-inducing real world into those found within books.

While my classmates didn’t notice me (or so I thought), my teachers sure as hell did, as is evident by this sweet postcard given to me by my eighth-grade English teacher:

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Ms. Vacca, wherever you are, I rocked Honors English, I’m still writing, and I wonder if you’re clairvoyant because I now have a peacock tattoo….

My Books Are Taking Over My House

I began hoarding books early in my life. Not sure exactly when it happened, but while still prepubescent, I realized that I loved how books smelled, how the paper felt in my hands, and the mysteries and adventures contained within. So I read. A lot. And fell in love with so many books that my little heart couldn’t bear to donate them or give them away.

And that quality has followed me into adulthood.

Exhibit A: My Office/Library

My pride and glory.

My pride and glory.

But it doesn’t stop there. Because my desk has shelves…thus, my desk houses books.

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Yes, Grumpy Cat is judging you.

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An editor's tools should always be close at hand.

An editor’s tools should always be close at hand.

Exhibit B: Other Rooms in the House

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BookPorndenThe above pair of bookends was given to me by awesome people. My love of books and my adoration of all things horror, combined: Perfect.

So. You can see why I’m convinced that books will eventually take over my house. They will break free of their shelves and start piling on the floors, in drawers, under beds.

I’m okay with that.

Book Sales

If I hear of a book sale, you can bet your tushie I’ll do my damnedest to be there and get my fill.

This past weekend, I enjoyed one such book sale and found what may soon become my new favorite book.

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I want to read it, but I’m afraid to…what if it’s not as amazing as the cover leads me to believe?

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Well, if William Safire says it’s awesome…

The Husband Got Me a Present

BookPorngrammarofgodI’m kind of excited. (Remember? I asked for this book last time.)

And I got another surprise–this sweet little inscription in my copy of my very talented buddy’s newest book, which was accompanied by a sweet-as-hell letter.

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Dave, you da bomb.

Do you have an addiction to books? Yes? GOOD.

*If you are obsessed with the blonde in 4-A, my advice is to not be a creepazoid and spy on her. Instead, make small talk. Let me know how it goes.

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…I have no more tissues!

Did you read all of the books you own? I suggest reading Wholeness and the Implicate order by David Bohm — it would make a great addition to your library (assuming you don’t already own the book).

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Comment by FlyTrapMan

No, I have not read all my books. I have a bad habit of going apeshit any time I’m at a book sale (as mentioned) or a bookstore. And no…that one’s not in my library. TIME TO ADD SOMETHING TO MY AMAZON CART!!!

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Comment by Katrina

The book is non-fiction and very complicated — I had to re-read the first chapter about eight times — so don’t expect Harry Potter! Haha

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Comment by FlyTrapMan

Dammit. I don’t like challenge. Kidding, of course. I’ll definitely check it out!

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Comment by Katrina

Yes, indeed! I have shelves of books all around me. They are my nest. They watch over and look after me. They chronicle my journey.

Oh, and, yeah, you da bomb, Katrina!
Dave

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Comment by David Seaburn

“Book nest.” Best phrase ever.

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Comment by Katrina

Your book collection is incredible but knowing what a grammar genius you are, I’m not surprised! I also love all your cool bookends, stuffed animals, and other fun accouterments.

That postcard from your teacher is amazing and neat that you kept it. Teachers know everything, so that peacock sticker is not a coincidence 😀

Hey, I want that Transitive Vampire book! Gotta let us know if it’s worth checking out — even if it sucked, I’d buy it just for the cover.

Happy Belated Birthday! xo

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Comment by Poet Rummager

Thank you, thank you, thank you! And yes, I’ll definitely let you know about the vampire grammar book. I’m stoked.

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Comment by Katrina

I have kept in touch with one of my high school teachers long after graduation. The great lady who taught me AP English in 1962/1963 has long since retired, but she overcame technophobia enough to use e-mail and look at a few of my blog posts, as recently as this month. Hers was one of a handful of courses (in high school and beyond) with a lasting influence on me, much like Ms Vacca’s influence on U.

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Comment by Mellow Curmudgeon

That’s awesome. I actually tracked down Ms. Vacca after I posted this and shot her an email. She’s still teaching English and dealing with dumbass eighth-graders. 🙂 It was great to reconnect with her.

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