The height of pleasure: a bookgasm

February 23, 2014


Isn’t a book group actually a party? That’s what I think, anyway.  The truth is I’d much rather read a book than attend a party. By a long shot. And I’ve always been that way, ever since I learned to read.


Purrrr…. it‘s a scene that requires a cat, I think. Or a calm dog. And time, sweet time.  It IS the height of luxury.

IMG_3007Need I say more? Bookgasm. Almost as good as the real thing. Maybe better, if the books’ real good. As is the new book by Jeff Brown, called Love it Forward, which came out last month.


Reading is escapist. in best possible way. I love to step into another world and live there for the length of a great book. And books that make me think about something in a new way?  I devour them like mind candy.


We may pick up the same physical object, but reading a book is an individual experience. We bring to reading all of our life experience, our hopes, our dreams, our fantasies.


My mother used to call and call me–for dinner, to do the dishes, whatever, but my nose was almost always in a book and I just didn’t hear her.


I’ve been in more than one house in which there are NO BOOKS AT ALL. None. Some people believe books are clutter. Those folks can’t be serious readers.  But now, with E-readers, clutter is really not a good excuse for not reading.  I use my Kindle a lot, but I prefer to hold a real, hard copy book in my hand.


 That’s such a good question. The best thing about being grown up? I can.


 Even as a little girl, there were times when I was so sad that a book had ended. If the author really engaged me, I wanted it to go on forever and ever.

And then, of course:


So what’s your favorite quote about books? One or two of your favorite books?

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36 comments on “The height of pleasure: a bookgasm
  1. Love the term bookgasm. Like you I am a lifelong, avid reader.

  2. Emalee says:

    “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”

  3. Laura Kennedy says:

    Currently reading Lonesome Dove, Tigers in Red Weather, the Rules of Civility, and Dreaming in Chinese. Which one I’m reading depends on where I happen to be when I have a moment to read. (Civility is my “purse book.”) Have a yummy-looking stack waiting also, which makes me feel wealthy!

  4. Oh, I love this post! So nice to find such an obsessed fellow book lover, I’ve always been the same and your comment about reading vs going to a party is SO me, nice to know there are others out there who prefer reading to parties.

    My favorite book quote: “A room without books is like a body without a soul. ”
    G.K. Chesterton

  5. Oh, forgot to leave my favorites: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and my all time favorite – Pride & Prejudice.

  6. This reminds me of a post I wrote on Bubblews about bad writing. Have you ever read a badly written story just to see if it might get better? I have and it didn’t!

    One of my favorite quotes is by Steven King. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”

    • admin says:

      I give up when that happens. Just give up. It happend recently with a book someone wanted me to review. It was…awful. I couldn’t even get past 3 pages.

    For some reason the link didn’t post with my last comment! Hope this one works!

  8. When I was young I wanted to find a job where I could read books all day when I grew up. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.

  9. Thanks for sharing these fantastic quotes Carol. I love them all!

  10. Thanks, Carol. I just shared your comments and quotations on the Fuze Publishing Facebook page. We exist because of readers like you (and myself, for that matter).

  11. Doreen McGettigan says:

    When I’m writing I miss reading so much.
    When I was a kid if I ran out of books to read I
    would rewrite the endings to the ones I had.
    My book club is my favorite party place!
    I love all your quotes and have a box full of my
    favorites at home. Looking forward to getting home to

  12. Jean Parks says:

    I read quite a bit though I no longer collect actual books. I have a Paperwhite & set aside time each evening before bed that is strictly devoted to reading. The Paperwhite is perfect, I don’t get distracted by facebook or my email, I can read in bed and not wake up my husband. Nothing beats a good read!

  13. Kathy says:

    I absolutely love the quote by Anthony Trollope! I usually do have a dog at my feet on the couch. I like have a electronic reading device but like the feel of holding a book. I have had people say “I don’t like to read it is boring.” For me a book says so much and allows me to visualize their writing. Currently I am reading Goldfinch -long book but it is very good

  14. I could live off of books. And probably have. Curling up anywhere with a fantastic read makes my life complete. 🙂 Love these graphics and quotes!

  15. Wow, wow, wow, Carol! I just LOVE this collection of quotes you assembled for us…I swear I kept saying to myself, “ooh, that’s my favorite…” “ooh, That’s my favorite…” BUT, sense you asked for but one… I think this one edged out the others is George RR Martin’s, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.

    I could feel the bookgasm coming on!

  16. Dave says:

    I need more lives and if a reader gets 1000 then I definitely need to start reading more!

  17. Reading so many quotes on books , I felt I was reading a book.

    No two people interpret the book/story in the same way.

  18. Diane says:

    Bookgasm works for me. Again. And again. And . . . you get the picture! 🙂

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