One of my favourite book reviewers, Nick Hornby, wrote, “There comes a point in life, it seems to me, where you have to decide whether you’re a Person of Letters or merely someone who loves books, and I’m beginning to see that the book lovers have more fun. Persons of Letters have to read things like Candide or they’re a few letters short of the whole alphabet; book lovers, meanwhile, can read whatever they fancy.” 
I am a book lover. I am also a person of a fair few letters, including an M.Phil. in Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. I taught Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto part-time on and off for five years. They do not comprise the whole alphabet, but my letters are effectively gathering dust these days while my three sons are still playing with their alphabet blocks.
There is a link to LibraryThing where you can see my library of books about books. My zeal for collecting books about books rather outweighs the time in which I have to read them, so this project is also a way to structure my reading and, it is to be hoped, slow down my spending.
 Yes, it’s a footnote in a blog. What can I say? Old habits die hard. Nick Hornby, Housekeeping vs. The Dirt (San Francisco: Believer Books, 2006) 88.