Books are ideas. Books are adventures. Books are ways to escape tedium. Books are ways to be entertained, educated, instructed, satisfied, teased, and tantalized. Books are powerful things, so powerful that they scare some people. Think of how many times one group has wanted to keep a particular book off a library shelf, or hidden behind a bookstore counter. Books are powerful things, and I love them. I’ve always been surrounded by books. Shelves full of books. Piles of books. Books I’ve read. Book I want to read. Books I want to have read (there is a distinction).