I decided to be brave and record my review of Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book. I did it for the Keepin’ It Real Book Club, one of my favourite book blogs to read and one of the only ones I really participate in. They’re currently doing a month-long show of book video reviews for Keep Toronto Reading. My book twin Jen Knoch has written up a flattering introduction to my vid, too. She has kindly ignored my unshoweredness and the funny disembodied hand on my neck (it’s my own, thank goodness). I was leaning my arm across the back of my couch. But anyway. All self-consciousness aside, okay.
People of the Book is one of my favourite novels, and it’s stuck with me for a very long time. It even inspired me to look up book repair courses. I haven’t signed up for them, but anyway. It’s still an interest.
There’s more I could have said, more I could have said much better. I highly recommend this book. It stuck me on such an emotional level that I find it difficult to articulate why I liked it so much. Mainly, my appreciation as a bibliophile for books deepened, and my feelings towards the books on my own shelves also grew, though I didn’t know that was possible. I already think of my books as little souls, but now I see them as characters in my life with their own histories. Who touched my books before I did. What hands did they pass down through, from making to my purchase, especially the second-hand ones. Think about it.
Without further ado, here is the video. I’ll make better ones as I go on, I promise. It will be useful here and for Biblio, when the time comes, which it will.