Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Do You Have A Passion For Books?

I came across a book published in 1999, Passion for Books:  A Book Lover’s Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books  edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan.  It has essays, lists, interesting stories from scores of successful writers, including Anna Quindlen, Leo Rosten, Ray Bradbury, and Philip Roth on a variety of topics relating to why we love books.

It made me realize there are so many ways to think about books and all that they represent.  For instance, here are 22 topics below, of which about 15 are featured in the book.  You can envision any number of stories, stats, and histories relating to each one, including:

·         Book auctions.
·         Used bookstore discoveries.
·         Building one’s personal library.
·         The ritual of shelf-surfing for books.
·         How to launch a book publishing company.
·         Opening or buying a bookstore.
·         Loarning or borrowing a book.
·         Recommended reading lists from major authorities.
·         Becoming a book collector.
·         The burden of staring at an unread book.
·         The pleasure of gifting a book to someone.
·         Discovering a book that changes your life.
·         Learning to read and teaching others.
·         Starting or joining a book club.
·         The rare book.
·         Death of a book store, publisher or author.
·         Visiting the public library.
·         Caring properly for books.
·         The bookworm’s paradise.
·         The bibliophile in each of us.
·         Books about books.

The book contained some interesting lists, including:

  • The Lifetime Reading Plan by John S. Major – includes 133 titles
  • Top 10 Best-Selling Books Rejected by 20 or More Publishers
  • 10 Books That Shaped the American Character by Jonathan Yardley
  • Top 10 Non-Fiction Books That Help Us Understand the World by Anna Quindlen
  • Top 100 English Language Novels of 20th Century by the Editors of the Modern Library
  • A Bibliography of Scores of Books About Books

Which story would you share about books?  What list would you come up with?

Sometimes it’s more fun to talk about books than to read them.  Well, okay, maybe not, but we all enjoy saying which books we love and highlighting the books that impacted us.  If you have bibliophile tendencies, seek out Passion for Books.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby 

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