Browsing the Stacks: A Photo Appreciation of Libraries

Alan Taylor of The Atlantic has posted a photo appreciation of libraries.  They are both beautiful and breathtaking.  I would just love to escape my life and spend a day in one of those awe-inspiring spaces.  Enjoy!

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Garden & Gun’s Southern Literary Costumes

With Halloween less than a week a way, it’s time to make-up you mind what to wear and put that costume together!  Garden & Gun has some great ideas on literary costumes if you are so inclined (and what booklover isn’t so inclined!).  Costumes range from Flannery O’Connor to Edgar Allan Poe (my personal favorite).  So check it out!

Spring Cleaning

When trees start to bud and that first sunny, warm day shows up, we start to think about clearing clutter (although I am by no means referring to books as clutter) and organizing our space.  We finally have some get up and go.   In an effort to get my books organized this spring I came across some interesting articles to help.

First, book shelves.  Southern Living has an article showing nineteen different bookshelves — from those organized by color, a fireplace turned into book storage, and a tree truck shelf.  Ideas abound!

Bookends are another important tool for organizing those books this spring and the New York Times has you covered.  While the bookends featured in the article are pricey, there are suggestions for lesser priced and even free bookends.

The Organized Home  (the newest Website from the editors of Remodelista and Gardenista) has an article on the seven best canvas bins for books and more for those inclined to the modern farmhouse look so popular right now.  Also on The Organized Home website are DIY bookshelves, unexpected places to store books, and modular bookshelves.

This should be enough to get you started on organizing those books as part of your spring cleaning ritual, but I do have to ask, why spend time organizing your books when you can read?

The 50 most anticipated books of 2018

David Canfield has compiled a list of the 50 most anticipated books of 2018 at the entertainment Website ew.com.  You can check out the list here.  I like Canfield’s list, he has a good mixture of women’s fiction, dystopian distress, memoirs, thrillers, etc.  You can find something to add to your usual reading fare and something to expand your imagination.  Go read!

Reading During the Holidays

booktree If you are like me, the thing you are looking forward tomost during the upcoming holidays is some time to sneak away from the festivities and read a good book. To that end Southern Living posted a list of twenty-eight new books to read during the holidays.  You can find the list here.  One title that particularly stands out to me is John Banville’s novel Mrs. Osmond, winner of The Man Booker Prize.  Christmas gift, anyone?

Life with 12,000 books

The Guardian published an interview with novelist Hanya Yanagihara last week.  She speaks to life in her one-bedroom apartment in New York City and on life with 12,000 books.  The interview is short and as much fun for an aficionado of interior design as a booklover.  Hanya Yanagihara is the author of “People in the Trees.”