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"So Many Books, So Little Time"


Article by Mary Ellin Arch

Photography by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

I love books.

My library card sees way more action than my Visa card. A bookstore pulls me in like a magnet attracts iron.

My Want to Read shelf on Goodreads holds 140 titles. Somehow, I got on a Simon & Schuster email list, which started offering me free book selections in an app called Glose. Now I have seven more books in my to-read pile. Not to mention the actual stacks of books in several rooms of my house.

It’s not unusual for me to be working through two or three books at any given time. This comes quite naturally considering I’m in a book club, a reading partnership with a friend, and a recurring Bible study (always a book with those) – plus there’s that seemingly unending list of classics I’d like to read or re-read.

Oh, and the re-reading – that’s a thing for me, too. If a book qualifies as one of my all-time faves, it’s automatically earmarked for re-reading at some point. Especially if I initially read it in book form and then experience the audiobook version, or vice versa.

You get the picture. I’m a bookaholic – which, if you’re going to be any kind of addict, is the right one to be, in my opinion.

So, in this space I’m going to be writing about reading. Book reviews. Book clubs. Authors. And related stuff like journalism (I worked for years as a news reporter and editor), language and grammar (on this topic I’m something of a purist, maybe even a geek), and communication in general.

Readers and book lovers, welcome!

*The quote in the headline is attributed to Frank Zappa by Goodreads.