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Friday, November 4, 2005

Chapter Fifty-Five, in which recent Acquisitions are listed

Your Bibliothecary loves books, and especially books about books. Reading about every facet of a book, from its creation to its construction, from its history to its future, serves to increase our appreciation of books themselves, as objects, as communication tools, and as entertainment. Today, in the great tradition of riffing off another's blog (as well as a healthy dose of oneupsmanship), we are pleased to present our most recent book acquisitions. Eventually some will be discussed, some will be given away, and some will be sold (if you name the right price), so stay tuned.

Here, then, without further ado:

Fowler's Modern English Usage
Nancy Pearl--Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
Jack Matthews--Booking in the Heartland
Vicente Blasco Ibanez--A Novelist's Tour of the World
Mortimer J. Adler--How to Read a Book: The Art of Getting a Liberal Education
Bonnie Friedman--Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life
Gail Sher--One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers
M.H. Abrams--A Glossary of Literary Terms
Judy Reeves--A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life
Julia Cameron--The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

So we will begin this week's book giveaway by asking a question, and the avid reader who can answer correctly will win one of the books listed above, but which one will be a surprise.

Who is the following quote attributed to?
I have sometimes dreamt ... that when the Day of Judgment dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards--their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble--the Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain envy when He sees us coming with our books under our arms, "Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading."

Tiebreaker goes to the one who can also name the books in which that quote can be found. Post your answers as a comment and bon chance.


  1. Oh, oh, oh! I kno, I know! But I will not answer since I won the last book which arrived in my mailbox today with a lovely inscription. Thank you! :)

  2. Stefanie, after posting this, I realised you would probably know the answer. Very kind of you to allow others a chance.

  3. Well, I haven't a clue, but it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you!

  4. Hi!
    I believe that quote can be found in Virginia Wolff's The Second Common Reader.
    Am I right?

  5. Trav, I think you are correct. Send us your address and your choice of the listed books. And thanks for playing!

  6. Fantastic!
    I figured you all started doing these games to get us lurkers to start chiming in.
    We've been reading and following along, just have never spoken up.
    But who can resist trivia?

    Thanks again and I'll email you my address pronto!