On the Books
On the fourth day of My Twelve Days of Challenges, I’m chatting about the most bookish challenge of my reading year: The Bibliophilic Challenge.
Yup, I’m a Litlover. But you know that already, don’t you? Still, this kind required six books on books be read.
Here’s my list:
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Lewis Buzbee
Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co., Jeremy Mercer
An Alphabetical Life: Living it up in the World of Books, Wendy Werris
The Library at Night, Alberto Manguel
Library: An Unquiet History, Matthew Battles
A Pound of Paper, Confessions of a Book Addict, John Baxter
Most of these were shelf-sitters, so it was actually a two-fold pleasure to complete this challenge.
How challenging was it? On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging to complete? About a 4.
I’d expected more of a connection with the bookish writers of these books. But, in most cases, I found that the book’s emphasis made it hard to connect. I need to face the fact that not every book about books will be Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris. I need to move on. (Or, else, re-read!) And this denial, on my part, made this challenging more challenging than it needed to be!
My favourite of the bunch? Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night. Hands down.
What was your favourite book about books this year?