On Leaving Books Behind

October 21, 2015


Antioch College president Mark Roosevelt muses on the psychological and logistical difficulties of purging his large personal library as he de-camps for a new academic post, moving from Ohio to New Mexico.

Fellow bibliophiles who have coped with moving their own, more modestly-sized, home libraries merely from one side of their town to another will certainly recognize the poignance of Roosevelt’s predicament.

Contributed by Atlanta-based bibliophile Katharine Suttell

Bookish Quotation du Jour

September 27, 2015

Germaine Greer Quotation

Posted to Facebook by Michael Wilson, via World Literature Today

Ten Visit-Worthy U.S. Bookstores

September 21, 2015


The article featuring these ten stores calls them “beautiful,” but that’s certainly debatable. Not debatable is the fact that these unusual-in-on-way-or-another bookstores are worth a visit if you happen to be in the area where they’re located. Some of these are The Usual Suspects, but a few of them are new to me.

Found via a Facebook post by The Goodwill Librarian via TheCultureTrip.com

Do-It-Yourself Book Clock

September 16, 2015

Book Clock Project

Illustrated instructions for creating this bookish clock are posted at the For Book Addicts blog.

You’d need a fairly big wall to display this at home, but the idea also seems rather perfect for installing in a branch library.

And it seems like the idea would work just fine if, instead of mounting actual books on the wall, you used just the book jackets.

Bookish Quote du Jour

September 16, 2015

From Thomas Wolfe’s novel Look Homeward, Angel:

Bookish Quote 76

Posted at For Reading Addicts;
found via Atlanta-based retired librarian Tom Budlong’s posting to Facebook

Featured Bibliosite: The Yellow Library

September 15, 2015

IMG_4503 Yellow Library Reading Area-new

It was over five years ago that I first stumbled onto a fellow booklover’s step-by-step account of how she and her husband (who live in the Philippines) turned an empty room in their abode into an attractive and inviting home library.

At the time, I left a comment on Wanda’s blog, promising to post a link at The Atlanta Booklover’s Blog to her charming and excellently documented saga.

Reader, I forgot to do that!

This morning, I serendipitously re-stumbled upon Wanda’s blogpost and I am hereby belatedly (to put it mildly!) making good on my original resolve to showcase Wanda’s do-it-yourself home library creation project.

Five years later, Wanda is still blogging about her bookloving activities. She regularly posts photos and reviews of various bookish products – nifty bookmarks, reading-themed jewelry, etc.- as well as (among other things) reviews of the books she’s finished reading.

Thanks again, Wanda, for your excellent blogpost about how one booklover created a bright, comfy reading spot  – and Long Live The Yellow Library!

Newest “Bibliofestoonery” Website

September 10, 2015

British Library book ornament example

The British Library has created a searchable blog that displays randomly-selected examples of a million (!) nifty illustrations and ornaments from the Library’s vast and venerable book collection.

We’ve posted a permanent link to “The Mechanical Curator” on the Atlanta Booklover’s Blog’s “Bibliofestoonery” page so you can find it quickly later on.

You’re welcome.

Found via an email from the Atlanta Friends of the Alphabet’s Carol Gray; she found it at the calligraphy blog Painted Speech


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