It says even more if there are no bookcases to scope out.
And it's sort of stating the bleeding obvious about what makes me tick to reveal that the cafe in the spectacular British Library (pictured here) is one of my favourite places to have a cuppa and a play with words on my computer. Towering walls of leather-bound books.
Me dwarfed by the world in words.
The only down-side is that they're behind glass.
I'm an unashamed book-sniffer.
And I'm tipping a few of you are guilty of the same.
But anyway, for the past few months, a row of gorgeous pen and ink illustrations has been hanging, relatively unheralded, along one back wall on the second floor of the library. I'm not sure how many people visit them every day, but in my immaterial opinion, not enough, so I thought I'd bring a couple to you.
Commissioned to celebrate what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday are ten new visions of some of his most famous characters.
Here are three that took me back to many nights of reading aloud at bedtime:
I was even inspired to finally watch the latest movie of The BFG, which I'd been ignoring for two reasons:
(1) critics gave it a total shit-canning, (2) I so adore Tim Minchin's Matilda that I doubted another recent re-imagining of Dahl could scratch up.
But I enjoyed it. I really did.
Granted, much of it would most certainly have given my daughter nightmares back in the day, but the final scene had us guffawing.
A wind-driven comic scene to rival Blazing Saddles.
It was the wizzpopping corgis that did me in.
Remember how amazed you were when you first heard that 99% of phone numbers mentioned by American screen characters begin with 555? Well, prepare to be equally amazed.
If it's your turn to suggest the Friday-night drinking game but you're not in the mood, or you're having one of those non-alcohol nights that doctors recommend, suggest playing 'Spot the bookcase' in American-made TV shows and movies.
Unless the room is an office, or the lead character is a professor-cum-educated- type like Frasier, a sober Friday night is a safe bet.
I wanted to finish with my favourite quote about books and reading, but I couldn't settle for just one, so you're getting two: