Beggars’ Velvet

Remodelista has a fascinating post today about a company named Beggars’ Velvet.  For booklovers the term beggars’ velvet is interesting in and of itself and is defined as “the downy particles that accumulate under furniture from the negligence of housemaids. Otherwise called slut’s wool.”

Remodelista‘s post is entitled Beggars’ Velvet: Everyday Household Objects for the Literati and includes four objects that any booklover would covet!  Check it out.

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10 Books to Read Before Watching The Young Pope

Television really seems to be having a golden age right now.  A few years ago, I had completely given up on television, but with the many great dramas out there now it seems I spend quite a few hours each week watching the tube!

One show I have really enjoyed is The Young Pope.  Jude Law is pleasing on the eyes and the cinematography is worth it all by itself.  The music is pretty good as well.  Paste Magazine posted a list of ten books to read before (or after) you watch The Young Pope.  It really is a great list – every one of the books made it onto my personal “To-read” list.  Now if I can just quit watching television long enough to read them.

Enjoy!

Compulsive Book Buying

On Goodreads, my “To-read” list has 1,237 books.  I already own a few of these books (but nowhere near the entire list!) and in my remaining years, I can never hope to read all of the books on the list.  Yet since January, five new books have made their way into my home.  Why?  Because if there is one thing I cannot resist, it is a book I want to read.

Lorraine Berry wrote an interesting essay on the history of compulsive book buying which posted to The Guardian in January.  Read the entire essay. It is wonderfully written, but when you reach the end make sure you savor the last sentence.  Berry’s essay only fuels a bibliomaniac’s excitement and interest in acquiring more books and that ending justifies your compulsion.

Amazon’s Best Picks for Books this February

Business Insider published an article this morning on Amazon’s best book picks for the month of February.  Some of the books that had already made it to my “To-read” list were also on Amazon’s list — Paul Auster’s novel  4 3 2 1 and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  I’ve never read a book by either author, but both have been on my radar for some time.  If you are a Book of the Month Club member, you may want to chose Pachinko, an epic novel that follows several generations of a Korean family.