I just finished listening to
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader Kindle Edition
| If you are a bibliophile, this book should grace your shelves. I read the hardbound copy a while back and picked up the audio version recently. Some perks of the audio version include the pronunciation of some very lengthy words as well as some foreign languages rather than the butchering I gave them in my own reading. I enjoyed both versions but have to say as a true book lover, you need this on your shelf, your stack, your bedside table.
Some of my favorite pieces are about the marrying of libraries and when Fadiman receives 19 pounds of used books for her birthday. Fadiman’s constant reference to her preference for used books steered me to the used book store, where I picked up the following:
Napa Wine by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Alchemy of Books by Lawrence Clark Powell signed
Gender, Art and Death by Janet Todd
Walking a Literary Labyrinth by Nancy M. Malone
Avid Reader by Robert Gottlieb
Angels & Aliens by Mary Morris
The Temple of Dawn by Yukio Mishima
Provenance by Laney Salisbury
A Sport and A Pastime by James Salter
Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken
I can’t wait to start reading my haul. Do you prefer new books or used ones? I prefer used ones.