Stolen or not, however, his satisfaction was always fleeting: the more books a collector gets, the more he wants. In this respect, Gilkey is like any other collector. As collectors have often remarked, collecting is like a hunger, and having one more book doesn’t quench the longing for another.

(pg. 102, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett)

I just started this book last night so haven’t had much time to get into it yet. Collecting sounds like an addiction, though, doesn’t it?

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Play along. The rules are easy and I only cheated a little. Grab your current read, open to a random page, and give us two teaser sentences. Remember, no spoilers.

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I borrowed my copy from the library and the above is my honest opinion.


  1. Here is my teaser from Nature’s Secret Messages: Hidden in Plain Sight by Elaine Wilkes (Page 3):

    “We lie in the lap of immense intelligence.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Stop. Look. Listen. My kindergarten teacher taught me that. I remember carefully lining up the tips of my patent-leather shoes exactly at the edge of the curb and stopping–then carefully looking to my right and left, quiet and aware, listening for any clues. Feeling that it was safe to proceed, I’d grasp my classmate’s hand, jump off the curb, and happily venture into unknown territories on the other side of the street.

    Now I barely glance from side to side as I hurry on my way.

    What happened? Where did that wide-open feeling of awareness go? In the rush of adulthood, it seems to vanish, but what would happen if we simply stopped, looked and listened…even as busy adults?

    As a learning addict, I’ve hunted for insights through countless books, seminars, experts, masters and more. Eventually, I realized that my kindergarten teacher had it right from the beginning, long before I started my quest. Who knew that she was so profound?

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