Ancient and Beautiful Libraries

Tech Insider shared an article today with photographs of the inside of ten of the world’s most beautiful old libraries.  The majority of the libraries were in England and France making it somewhat easier to visit them all.  Take a look at the libraries here.

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Are you running out of space for your books?

Julia Seales, of Bustle, has written a great article on 10 Things That Happen When You Run Out of Space to Put All Your Books.  Read all the way to the end!  Her final paragraph is my favorite.  You can read it here.

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Source: Musing

A few years ago I wrote about Beauregard, the library cat at the H. B. Stamps Public Library in Hawkins County, Tennessee.  Well, it seems that Parnassus Books of Nashville, Tennessee has done H. B. Stamps Public Library one better.  Parnassus Books has a shop sheep!

Last summer I had the pleasure of visiting Parnassus Books and found the staff to be helpful and kind.  The book selection was wonderful and I really liked the way book picks were displayed at the front.  Parnassus also has an amazing First Editions Club, if you are interested.

To see more pictures of Buttercup, the shop sheep at Parnassus Books, check out Musing, their literary blog.

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Dogs and Books

Followers of this blog know that I love animals!  In fact, one of my Pinterest boards is made-up of cats and books.  Now the Chronicle Books Blog has posted 12 Dogs Mesmerized by the Magic of Reading.  Make sure to check it out!

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Reasons To Be Proud of Being a Book Hoarder

Claire Fallon of The Huffington Post has come up with 16 reasons to be proud of being a book hoarder. As you can probably guess, I prefer the term “Book Lover,” but hoarder probably applies just as well. My favorite is “Your home will always be filled with the perfume of old books.” Check out the rest of the list here.

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Spring Break Spots for Booklovers

row-of-homesIf you’re currently in the process of planning a trip for spring, then you should definitely check out Bustle‘s list of “10 of the Best Spring Break Vacation Spots for Book Nerds.”  Some of the top spots include New York, London, Edinburgh, and Key West.

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Book Review: City of Blades

City of BladesThe Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The best book I read in 2014 was Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs.  I wasn’t in the habit of reading fantasy, but had heard an interesting review of the book on NPR and thought that I would check it out.  The book was outstanding — a definite five hearts!

When City of Blades came out early this year, I couldn’t wait to read it as well.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Bennett has included all of the characters which I grew to love in  City of Stairs.  This is important.  Bennett’s characters are well-developed and he imbues them with qualities that endear them to the reader.  Very often, you just can’t identify with the characters making the story difficult to read.  Not so with General Mulaghesh, Sigrud, etc.

The story begins with a messenger coming to see the novel’s protagonist General Turyin Mulaghesh, in a bid to bring her out of retirement and get her aid in solving the disappearance of a Saypuri operative.  She accepts the mission. During her search General Mulaghesh, rumored war criminal and hero of the Battle of Bulikov, uncovers evidence of the divine in Voortyashtan, only this divinity is the goddess of war and death.

This second installment in Bennett’s Divine Cities series is as good as the first novel City of Stairs.  At this point, I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to Justin Cronin’s third installment in The Passage Trilogy or Robert Jackson Bennett’s third installment in The Divine Cities series.  What a wonderful dilemma for a reader to have!

Disclaimer:  I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Book Details:  Published by Broadway Books (January 26, 2016), 498 Pages, ISBN:  978-0553419719.

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