"I love bookshelves, and stacks of books, spines, typography, and the feel of pages between my fingertips. I love bookmarks, and old bindings, and stars in margins next to beautiful passages. I love exuberant underlinings that recall to me a swoon of language-love from a long-ago reading, something I hoped to remember. I love book plates, and inscriptions in gifts from loved ones, I love author signatures, and I love books sitting around reminding me of them, being present in my life, being. I love books. Not just for what they contain. I love them as objects too, as ever-present reminders of what they contain, and because they are beautiful. They are one of my favorite things in life, really at the tiptop of the list, easily my favorite inanimate things in existence, and … I am just not cottoning on to this idea of making them … not exist anymore. Making them cease to take up space in the world, in my life? No, please do not take away the physical reality of my books."
Laini Taylor (via littledallilasbookshelf)
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"The Baudelaires all have different tastes, as it should be. Violet, with her talent for invention, enjoys the work of Jules Verne and Rube Goldberg. Klaus, perhaps the most serious reader of the siblings, prefers works by Ellen Raskin and Vladimir Nabokov. And Sunny, with her enormous teeth and growing interest in cookery, will probably enjoy the works of Bram Stoker and M.F.K. Fisher, as she grows older."
Lemony Snicket on what Violet, Klaus, and Sunny’s favorite books are (via filthiestlaugh)
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1 month ago | 317 notes
"What we read and why we do so defines us in a profound way. You are what you read, I suppose. Browsing through someone’s library is like peeking into their DNA."
Guillermo del Toro, Introduction to The Best American Nonrequired Reading (via ofthewebandtherock)
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Burning of “The Sun Also Rises”
by S. Otto Nicli | Tumblr
"The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding—which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together—blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work.
"When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author…"
—Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril
What would it be like
to live in a library
of melted books.
With sentences streaming over the floor
and all the punctuation
settled to the bottom as a residue.
It would be confusing."
Anne Carson (via larmoyante)
A great adventure.
(Source: larmoyante, via riversonng)
2 months ago | 1569 notes
"I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else."
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (via ablogwithaview)
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2 months ago | 20634 notes
Sections in the bookstore
- Books You Haven’t Read"
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (via 35-characters-not-enough)
- Books You Needn’t Read
- Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
- Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
- Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
- Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
- Books Too Expensive Now and You’ll Wait ‘Til They’re Remaindered
- Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
- Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
- Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too
- Books You’ve Been Planning to Read for Ages
- Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success
- Books Dealing with Something You’re Working on at the Moment
- Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case
- Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
- Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
- Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
- Books Read Long Ago Which It’s Now Time to Re-read
- Books You’ve Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It’s Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them
2 months ago | 955 notes
"Buying books is immensely comforting. Maybe I won’t read them immediately, but they make me feel so much better whenever I’m sad and blue. Just their presence, it’s like having more to look forward to."
Unknown (via voyagur)
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2 months ago | 44454 notes
"But I read and read anyways, sometimes so fast that even I was surprised, and sometimes very slowly, as if each sentence or word were something good for my whole body, not just my brain."
Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (p. 256)
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3 months ago | 2853 notes
"If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads."
Sherman Alexie (via afternoon-tea-and-books)
3 months ago | 2880 notes
"The girl looked around the bookshop and took a deep breath. “That smell, I just love it, don’t you?"
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (via courageous)
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4 months ago | 5232 notes
"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us."
Franz Kafka (via thegirlandherbooks)
4 months ago | 2019 notes
"When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."
Jorge Luis Borges (via bookstorecouture)
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5 months ago | 12558 notes