To me there's nothing like a book (and I'm referring to the physical variety here. I abhor ebooks!) I love feeling their heft in my hands, smelling the paper and ink, turning the pages. I'm one of those rare readers who actually reads author dedications, introductions, acknowledgments and postscripts. I even read the colophon (publisher's description of the font) if there is one.
A book is an inexpensive form of entertainment that educates me, captivates my attention, and makes my imagination soar. As a former librarian, I am interested in all facets of books, including their publishing, authorship, sales, and readership. I have reviewed books on the Internet and for authors. I have facilitated several book discussion groups and am a member of many myself. I hope some day to write books myself.
My book collection is presently around 4000 volumes, although I've never actually counted them. There are books everywhere in my house, and I'm running out of places to keep them. Don't get me wrong - I'm not a hoarder. I regularly donate books to the library or give them away to others who would enjoy them. But if I truly enjoyed a book, I will keep it in my collection, even if I never have time to reread it. Every time I see that book on a shelf, it reminds me of how much and why I enjoyed it, which is almost as good as actually rereading it.
I hope you enjoy my ramblings as much as I enjoy writing them.