Apparently, today, March 20, is officially Bibliomania Day! (See Kim's post at Chapter Chit Chat). This is a day when everyone who suffers from book addiction can celebrate their vice! Since I've been tagged and brought in for questioning, here are my true confessions:
Are there any books you would like to beg, borrow, or steal?
I would love to have a first edition, first printing of a Nancy Drew mystery. Did you know that when the books were first published, the books contained 25 chapters? They went through a revision in 1959 where they were edited to 20 chapters. If you ever come across a Nancy Drew Vol. 1-35 that contains 25 chapters, hold onto it!
Are you addicted to trips to Borders or the public library?
I do love visiting bookstores (Barnes and Noble, Borders), mostly with my kids, and I try to make a library run at least once every few weeks. I adore the solitude of the library, and I've made the best book finds just strolling up and down the aisles with nothing particular in mind. There's also a used paperback shop near my home that I snoop around in often.
Do you have a way to remember what books you have read?
I started a LibraryThing membership in May of last year as a way to start organizing books I've read and want to read in the future. There's no way I can remember everything I've read in my life, but I have tried to think of as many important ones as possible. After starting LibraryThing, I discovered book blogs...can you imagine? Just a few months ago, I didn't know what a book blog was!
When did your love of books begin?
I guess my love of reading began like most book lovers...snuggled next to my mom as she read fairy tales to me. I have a very strong memory of listening to her reading from a children's treasury of stories and poems. I loved the poem, "The Swing," and my favorite story was "The Elves and the Shoemaker."
My favorite childhood books were Charlotte's Web, The Secret Garden, Little Women, The Princess and the Goblin, and of course, Nancy Drew.
Here is one of the earlier photos of me "reading" my brother's comic book at around 2 1/2 yrs. old!
(Why are chunky thighs cute on a baby and not when you're grown?!)
What is a favorite book? Author?
I love all the Diana Gabaldon books in the Outlander series. If I ever go to a desert island, these would be my books of choice.
Do you still have in your possession a book borrowed, but not returned to its rightful owner?
I don't think so, because I make it a point not to borrow other's books; I also don't lend out my books. Once long ago, I loaned my beloved paperback copy of Forever Amber to a friend, and she....misplaced it. :( Never again.
What's the most in library fines you have owed?
Zero -- I'm great about returning library books on time......videos at Blockbuster, however, are a completely different story!
Do you loan books out to others? How do you keep track of them?
Thanks, Kim -- hope I've answered your questions adequately. Happy bibliomania day to everyone!