Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction

Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction

by Tom Raabe


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555910808
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/1991
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

Tom Raabe, a dedicated biblioholic, has taught Yankee sports to Australian high schoolers and worked for newpapers in Portland, Maine, and San Diego. In his book-free days, he was still able to travel and visited Indonesia, Singapore, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and Europe. For the last few years he has worked as a freelance editor and writer in Denver.

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Biblioholism: The Literary Addiction 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
trav on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This book is ok. Lots of illustrations that many of us here on LT could relate to and tries to be clever, in regards to book collectors. But it's nothing stellar.Certainly one you want to add if you collect "books on books".But I didn't find any merit beyond that.It either needed to be more funny or more scholarly, as it missed both these marks with me.
herschelian on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I suspect that many other users of are fellow Biblioholics. This book is not brilliantly written but it touches a nerve with me, I could tick all the boxes that describe the symptoms of this ailment! I too suffer from this habitual longing to purchase, read, store, admire and consume books in excess.
KathyWoodall on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Most bibliophiles, like myself, can relate to pretty much everything written in this book. How many times have each one of us walked into a bookstore to either buy one specific book or maybe just to kill a few minutes of time and come out of the store 2 hours or more later?In the first chater "Cibfessuibs if a Biblioholic" had me laughing out loud!. The author describes how he finally realized he had a problem when he found several volume sets (hardback) of Charles Dickens in his apartment.I really enjoyed reading this humorous look at my "addiction". I can't say it will change my book buying ways but it was kinda nice to know there are others out there that are just as bad if not worse then me.
Ann_Louise on LibraryThing 21 days ago
A funny book that does strike close to home. From the many reasons(excuses) to buy - "But honey, I don't have this version - it was a bargain book - they're almost paying me to buy it " to how many different ways books can be stacked/shelved to make room for more books .
Rubbah on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Scarily accurate depiction of book addiction.
elliepotten on LibraryThing 21 days ago
A thoroughly enjoyable book that I would wholeheartedly recommend to each and every LT-er. It could have been written for us - or by us, for that matter!In short, this is a comprehensive guide to biblioholism and all the various quirky traits and habits that go along with it. It is evident that Raabe is 'one of us' and he drives right to the heart of our affliction with great humour and insight. Do you find yourself spending money on books that would otherwise have been spent on food? Getting rid of your possessions to fit in more books? Do you set yourself a book budget, or are you of the belief that if it's under £5 it's a bargain anyway? Do you have to sneak books in past your other half? What would your fantasy bookshop be like? Do you read in restaurants, in bed, on the train? Do you lend your books or guard them protectively? On top of discussions of all these topics and more, Raabe includes an amusing alternative history of the book, a look at book narcissism (don't pretend you haven't succumbed on occasion) and a section on the extremes of bookish behaviour - eating books, stealing them, destroying them.With a wealth of interesting and amusing examples of biblioholic behaviour, some sweet illustrations and a strong bibliography (like we needed to add any more to our TBR mountains!), this comes very highly recommended and is a firm keeper for me.What wild desires, what restless torments seizeThe hapless man, who feels the book-disease.
TheoSmit on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Hilarious and painfully true.