Teaching English 1001 for LSU-Alexandria requires that I read many of the essays in our text. Of course, I have to read the essays assigned for the course, but I do occasionally read other essays simply because I need to absorb written words.
Have you figured me out yet? I'm a carnal book lover but only when I'm reading one of my own personal books and only when the book is a text book (or my personal Bible) and I need to be able to see my notes and the text together. It's so helpful to me to have the note RIGHT THERE, where the literary device is. I love big white space--all that room to take notes is wonderful.
I've said many times that I'm a wolf reader, meaning that I wolf down words, all words, as though my appetite can't be satisfied. Gobbling them up as though someone else will eat the words before I do. Others may be able to relish books, tasting every word, reading slowly and methodically, but I could never do that. If I have an hour or a day or even two or three days to read, I want to read as much and as many books as I can wolf down. After all, there is always another book waiting, another by a favorite author, another part of the series, another author yet undiscovered. How anyone can read as though time will never end, I can not fathom.
I suspect that heaven carries every manner of books, that we'll be able to read as part of our adoration of God, but I also suspect that Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Wharton, Eliot, and the rest are also still writing. Thus, while I can read for eternity, how can I ever read it all?
In the end I've discovered that I'm a carnal book lover with a wolfish appetite! How would you describe your bookish self?