In my fervid hunt for a blog topic this morning, I stumbled upon this wonderful video, which was shot at Type Books in Canada by Sean Ohlenkamp (a marketing director who must be a passionate book lover). It made me happy.
Ever since I can remember, my need to be surrounded by books has amounted to something like a personality disorder. When I hear people say they can’t buy any more books because they don’t have room for them or, worse, that too many books somehow clash with their décor, I get a bit twitchy. For me, books bring a room to life; in fact, all the lives contained in books fill a room as surely as a gaggle of guests at a cocktail party.
So, despite the fact that my e-reader has hundreds of titles in it, I can’t imagine how bereft I’d be if there weren’t thousands of lively physical editions in my house and office, making general nuisances of themselves, lining the walls, peeking around corners, leaning precariously on stools, and threatening to jump out from tables and shelves in their eagerness to be read.
Do you anthropomorphize your book collection or is it just me? And do books have a life force too? I think they do.