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Festivus Scale of Strength: Weighty Books

  24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Festivus, Task 2: The Scale of Strength: Pick 3 of your weightiest tomes and place them on a scale.  Tell us the total weight. I used Shakespeare’s Complete Works, my copy of the illustrated guide to Houses of the National Trust, and Eye to Eye, a collection of […]

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The Millions: 28 Books You Should Read If You Want To

Source: 28 Books You Should Read If You Want To – The Millions   Image via Abee5/Flickr By Janet Potter Earlier this month Amazon released a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. It joins Esquire’s 80 Books Every Man Should Read, The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read, Huffington Post’s more manageable […]

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My Lost pre-U.S.-Sojourn Library

24 Festive Tasks: Door 7 – International Day for Tolerance: Task 3 The French expression for tolerance towards others is “laisser faire, laisser aller” (roughly: “let them do as they want, let it go”).  Have you ever “let go” a book (e.g., given it away or decided not to yield to the temptation to buy […]

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Books Shipped Long Distance

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 4: The historic (3d century AD) St. Lucia was Italian; yet, like those of many other saints (including, e.g., St. Andrew and St. Nicholas), the most important celebrations of her holiday don’t occur in her place of origin but somewhere else in the world. List […]

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My Book Shelving System

24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 – Guy Fawkes Night, Task 4: How do you order the books on your shelves?   Umm.  It’s … complicated.  Or at least, multi-layered. 1st sorting layer: Genre / Topic Classics and LitFic Mysteries and Suspense (everything from Golden Age and classic noir to contemporary, including spy fiction, except for […]

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My 2018 Book Harvest

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – Thanksgiving, Task 4: Show us your 2018 book “harvest” – the books you newly acquired this year, regardless whether bought, received as gift or in whichever other way.   Well, we know that 2018 was the year I almost broke my shelving system … … or would have, if […]

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11 Public Libraries Invaluable to World History | Oldest

Source: 11 Public Libraries Invaluable to World History | Oldest   11 Public Libraries Invaluable to World History Libraries around the world have long been revered as temples of human knowledge. They’ve been a part of monasteries, royal palaces, museums, universities and even hospitals. Some boast an incredibly romantic past while others, like the Library […]

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Birthday Gifts

BD gifts: My mom gave me a ticket for Bonn Opera’s production of Händel’s Xerxes — a simply riveting, tongue in cheek production setting the story in a dictatorial fairy tale puppet theatre (yes, there is such a thing) — and my BFF raided my Ammy wishlist … as well as adding a few things […]

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This happened today.

// TA decides to pack light because, after all, she’s only leaving for a 2-day business trip.  Then agonizes a half hour over which one of several 100 books on physical TBR to take on the trip. // // Leaving home, finds book in mailbox that was delivered yesterday but which for reasons unknown she […]

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New York Times Book Your Calendar

Reblogged from: Yodamom Finds her Force   Keep up with the latest and greatest in books. The New York Times Book Review has curated a calendar of must-know literary events in 2018, including new books, festivals, film adaptations, and more. Add the calendar on Google or iOS https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/books/books-calendar.html?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_content=nyt-books Source: www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/books/books-calendar.html?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_content=nyt-books   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1626141/new-york-times-book-your-calendar

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Love the smell of old books? Kristen Twardowski can tell you why.

Reblogged from: Audio Book Junkie Take a look at “Subliminally Stoking A Hunger : The Scent Of A Boook” from Kristen Twardowski on WordPress if you want to know the chemistry behind the smell of books and why it reminds you of good things. Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1469387/love-the-smell-of-old-books-kristen-twardowski-can-tell-you-why

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Bibliophile Easter Eggs 2015

… courtesy, mostly, of an extended visit to the new Foyles flagship store in Charing Cross Road, plus Easter gifts, plus assorted other places: Everyman Library Classics – London Stories Simon Callow – Charles Dickens Paula Byrne – The Real Jane Austen Bill Bryson – The Mother Tongue Mikhail Bulgakov – A Country Doctor’s Notebook […]

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