Exactly one year ago, I started The Word Explorer to share my love of etymology with other people. I believe that words are beautiful and if you understand where they come from, it adds to their beauty.

Two goals that I wanted to reach by my first anniversary were to have 1000 views and 25 followers. I am happy to say that I have surpassed both goals thanks to all of you. I want to extend a special thank you to all of my followers for supporting me. I hope you all stay with me for another exciting year of word exploration!

bibliophile (bi-blē-ə-ˌfī-əl)

Books are my great love!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is all about love, so I have decided to write about one of my great loves – books. I am a bibliophile.

A bibliophile is a  lover of books. Bibliophile contains the Greek roots bibli- meaning book andphil meaning love of. The root phil- can occur at the beginning of words such as philanthropy or at the end of words like bibliophile.

I enjoy reading many different genres of books but my favorite books are those in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I have read these books countless times and I am captivated by the author’s use of Latin throughout the series. As a student of Latin, I find that the books are much more interesting because of the clever utilization of Latin.  I also love that the author makes many references to Greek mythology! During the next few weeks I would like to explore the Latin that occurs in the Harry Potter series as well as references to Greek mythology.  If you have never read Harry Potter, I strongly recommend reading these amazing books! If you are a Harry Potter fan, I hope you enjoy my series of posts on this topic.