I am not overly literary but I like books. I like to read them, but I also like the books themselves. Pages, covers, stacks on shelves, it is a Chipp Kidd sort of graphic designer bibliophile appreciation.
I like the ideas contained in books, so I do really read them, but I also stare at them. I stare at them a lot, especially if they have pictures. I got a first generation Kindle back when those things were new and downloaded about two tons of books by dead people. I’m still working my way through Bancroft’s History of the United States. I used to amuse myself on long flights thinking about how I had just brought all 10 volumes on board without going over my luggage weight limit. But this amusement aside, I still wish I had all 10 of those volumes on my shelf so I could stare at them.
So in the spirit of the holiday, here is a list of books I do not have, but would love to stare at:
Try for the Gold by Mark Ryan
The Ivy League by Daniel Cappello
Rowing Blazers by Jack Carlson and F.E. Castleberry
The Blanket: an Illustrated History of the Hudson Bay Point Blanket by Harold Tichenor
As to books I have, and have read, I suggest you pick up Religion of a Different Color by W. Paul Reeve.