Coping with One’s Pile of Unread Books

Every booklover’s nightmare: finding ourselves finishing a book with no clue about what we’re going to read next!

Or is this the booklover’s worst predicament: finding one’s to-be-read pile has grown to overwhelming proportions?

Read one reader’s (and book-related Tweeter’s) account of how her unread pile of books gradually grew from less than half a dozen to…approximately 350 items.

Found via BookRiot’s Facebook page



Independent U.S. Bookstores You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Pennsylvania bookstore

Avid booklovers eventually hear about a lot of bookstores they’d love to visit on their travels, and certain famous stores tend to turn up in most lists of independently-owned U.S. bookstores.

Imagine our surprise, then, at this list – a single indy from each state – none of which I’d heard about or read about before. Thank you, Emma Cubelis, who compiled this idiosyncratic list for BookBub.

Found via BookBub’s Facebook page

A Glimpse into What (Europeans) Were Reading 500 Years Ago

Spanish book catalog

Who knew that the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus amassed one of the largest libraries in Europe – and hired people to read and summarize each of them, and published those summaries in a foot-high catalog, which would disappear for 500 years and be recently rediscovered in a collection of books focusing on books written in Icelandic?

Read the fascinating story published by The Guardian.

Found via The Guardian’s Facebook page

Building Little Free Libraries: The Book


The Empress of Dirt recently joined the chorus of fans for building in your yard one of those “Little Free Libraries” that are so popular among home-owning booklovers.

Take a look at these photos of Little Free Libraries you might consider adding to your own yard. If you want to see more examples, there are dozens more on Pinterest.

Instructions for building a Little Free Library are also available at the LFL website.

If you are one of the 75,000 people in the world who’s already built a LFL, feel free to email us a photo of it and we’ll post it for the enjoyment/enlightenment of other would-be bookloving carpenters.

Found via the Empress of Dirt’s Facebook page

On Getting Rid of (Certain) Books


“It is not merely absurd to keep rubbish merely because it is printed: it is positively a public duty to destroy it. Destruction not merely makes more room for new books and saves one’s heirs the trouble of sorting out the rubbish or storing it: it may also prevent posterity from making a fool of itself. …But it is not always easy to destroy books….”

Indeed: it is not always easy.

To fortify your resolve, read this digitized essay written at the beginning of the 1900s by Sir John Collings Squire, literary editor of The New Statesman and The London Mercury (and included in Selected Modern English Essays (Oxford University Press, 1927).

Found via booklover Patrick Kurp’s most excellent blog Anecdotal Evidence

Glimpses of the Personal Libraries of Several U.S. Book People


Would you find it difficult to describe what’s in your personal library, and how (or if?) you’ve organized it?

The National Review recently asked some of its contributors to do just that, and here’s what six male writers and one female writer had to say.

Cited by Patrick Kurp at his blog Anecdotal Evidence