I recently wandered around a used bookstore and found the fun “books about books” section. I would just like to say that I always think these sections are so lovely. They usually consist of a lot of literary criticisms, which are a thing of their own, but also lots of books simply admiring reading as a concept. Like I said—lovely.
Anyway, I found one called “Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader” by Anne Fadiman. It was a tiny little thing, consisting of essays about reading-related experiences. One essay was about a married couple combining bookshelves, one about the relationship between reading and food, and another about marking up books.
I highly recommend it to anyone who reads a lot and loves language. I read it in just a day, and immensely enjoyed myself!