Life with 12,000 books

The Guardian published an interview with novelist Hanya Yanagihara last week.  She speaks to life in her one-bedroom apartment in New York City and on life with 12,000 books.  The interview is short and as much fun for an aficionado of interior design as a booklover.  Hanya Yanagihara is the author of “People in the Trees.”

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Compulsive Book Buying

On Goodreads, my “To-read” list has 1,237 books.  I already own a few of these books (but nowhere near the entire list!) and in my remaining years, I can never hope to read all of the books on the list.  Yet since January, five new books have made their way into my home.  Why?  Because if there is one thing I cannot resist, it is a book I want to read.

Lorraine Berry wrote an interesting essay on the history of compulsive book buying which posted to The Guardian in January.  Read the entire essay. It is wonderfully written, but when you reach the end make sure you savor the last sentence.  Berry’s essay only fuels a bibliomaniac’s excitement and interest in acquiring more books and that ending justifies your compulsion.

The Guardian: The 10 best quotes in a crisis

The Guardian featured an article on their Website for those times when “it won’t be okay, that the world as you know it has ended and you are doomed. It feels like the end.”  My personal favorite quote from the article is from Coraline, a book I haven’t read, but certainly intend to.  Check it out here!

Man Booker Prize 2013

Most booklovers have already taken a look at the newly announced long list for the prestigious award.  In case you haven’t, The Guardian has posted a great gallery of the nominees.

I have only read one of the books nominated at this point in time, and that is Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw.  I plan to post a review shortly, and suffice to say I will give it five hearts!  I am pushing this book for high school English teachers – it would make a great choice for the classroom!