A Sampling of Italy’s Gorgeous Libraries

June 19, 2017

Laurentian Library

A recent article in the New York Times describes its writer’s visits to several famous (pre-modern) libraries in Venice, Rome, and Florence. Booklovers traveling to those cities in Italy might will find the links at the end of the article helpful in planning their own pilgrimages to these beautiful spaces.

Contributed by booklover Peg Kirkpatrick


Bookish Graphic du Jour

June 19, 2017

A Day Without Reading... graphic

Found at Bookstr’s Facebook page

The Shock of Recognition…???

June 18, 2017

Stacks of books on table

Angela Liao explains what the Japanese term tsundoku means – and how to pronounce it.

She then offers several methods of dealing with it.

Several of these suggested “remedies” sound promising. Or you can skip them all and enjoy the solace offered by Liao’s final paragraph:

However, if the mere presence of the beautiful stacks can bring you joy and lift up your mood, then you have nothing to worry about. As British fiction writer Jeanette Winterson said, “Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it.”

Found at Bookstr

More Gorgeous Bookstores to Visit!

June 1, 2017

If you didn’t catch this slideshow last December, here’s your chance to catch it now: photos of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, published by Architectural Digest at its website.

Photos of some of these bookstores have been featured in previous surveys, but many of them are new to me. It is slightly disturbing that almost all of these places, especially the gigantic ones, are located outside the U.S. – we need stores like this too!

Found at Bookaholics’ Facebook page

More Gorgeous Libraries to Visit!

May 31, 2017

gorgeous libraries via BookishBuzz

Photos of several libraries I don’t remember being included in previous roundups of gorgeous libraries located in Europe – along with photos of gorgeous libraries that are almost always featured in such surveys.

Found via BookishBuzz’s Facebook page

Bookish Throwpillows

May 19, 2017


Becky Stone, at Book Riot, blogs about her search for the perfect book-themed throw pillow for her reading nook.

Found via Buck Off Magazine’s Facebook page

So Many Books, So Little Time

March 22, 2017

Books and hourglass

If you haven’t already realized that during your lifetime you will manage to read only an infinitesimal portion of the books available to read, you might – if you want to get really depressed – take a look at these calculations 0ver at Literary Hub.

Found via Literary Hub’s Facebook page