"People who love reading often share a common trait: we want to have a copy of the books we read on our shelves, certainly the best ones anyway. It's like a trophy, you pull it out at some point after you read it, months or years later, and think about the story and maybe read it again if you can't remember all the finer details..."I like the way Andy refers to the books as being a trophy - the use of that particular word really struck a chord with me. To some extent this is how I regard some of my books, as 'trophies' of my reading achievements - mementoes of some great reading experiences. I often find myself - I'd love to know how many of you guys also do this - standing in front of my book shelves, just flicking through my books randomly; picking up whichever title catches my eye, and just reading random segments. I don't even know why, but for some reason I can just stand there doing that for ages at a time. Sometimes I think about the story that the paragraph might be from, while other times I'll think more about the prose itself - the style, the technique of the writer.
Why do I - we? - do this? Not sure, but personally I imagine it's a physical symptom of my love for books and the written word.
Another habit that I've got - another symptom, if you will - is that I love to hold books, to touch them. I love the feel of the embossed title on the front cover, the texture of the paper, even the smell of the paper. I'll stand there, almost in a semi-trance, running my hands over the book. And yeah, I do this in bookshops - normally without even realising it. People must think I'm nuts, and to a small extent I do as well. But there's just something so...enticing about the feel and scent of a book.
I guess this is why I really have a problem with e-readers. Sure, I can understand that they have their uses, but for me you just can't replace a physical book. Staring at words on a screen just doesn't do it for me; I have to have the book in my hands, be able to feel the pages between my fingers - hell, even the rustle of the pages is something I'd really miss if I was reading from an e-reader (hence why to date, I've refused all offers of PDF review copies).
I just love books - the actual, physical book.
So...what do you all think? Am I just a bit weird, or do you also have familiar symptoms of 'book love'? Do you also like to stand there, happily thumbing through whatever book catches your attention from your bookshelf? Do you love the feel of the book in your hands?
Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences - and I hope I'm not alone!