Advice for Choosing Books as Gifts

December 14, 2015


Your heeding these caveats might result in a happier recipient of your generous impulse to buy a book to someone on your holiday shopping list.

Found at Book Riot via a Facebook posting by The Goodwill Librarian

Gift Suggestions for Booklovers

December 13, 2015


If you’re stumped on what to give the booklover(s) in your life this holiday season, The Reading Room has rounded up another list of suggestions .


Rich and Famous Authors’ Houses

December 13, 2015

Danielle Steele's house
For a lucky few , the term “starving artist” does not apply. Unfortunately for readers, for most of the owners of these homes, the term “artist” also does not apply. Still, somebody has to live in these swanky places. Might as well be writers!

For photos of houses owned by (mostly dead) writers whose works will probably outlive the modern-day publicity machine, visit the blog Writers’ Houses.

From The Reading Room

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

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.


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