1. doubledaybooks:

Bookmarks made from old book spines.


    Bookmarks made from old book spines.

    (via bookporn)

  2. littledallilasbookshelf:

Passage Verdeau, Paris


    Passage Verdeau, Paris

    (via wordpainting)

  3. (Source: vanderlustt, via apunkvenus)

  4. "What makes people despair is that they try to find a universal meaning to the whole of life, and then end up by saying it is absurd, illogical, empty of meaning. There is not one big, cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. To seek a total unity is wrong. To give as much meaning to one’s life as possible seems right to me."
    Anais Nin (via softwhisper)
  5. (Source: semilost, via bookporn)

  6. (Source: darkhaired, via womenreading)

  7. tobeshelved:

    Not a big drinker? That’s okay. You’ll still love this heartwarming ad from Bell’s UK about the power of literacy. And family. And… just watch it.

  8. book-pause:

Eliot’s Books (Toronto, Canada) Gustavo Thomas


    Eliot’s Books (Toronto, Canada)
    Gustavo Thomas

    (via booklover)

  9. by erikkwakkel:

    Heavenly library

    Today I visited the medieval library at Merton College, Oxford as a guest of the Fellow Librarian. It is the UK’s oldest library that was designed to be used by scholars, and it has been functioning as such since its construction in the 1370s. You enter the library at the ground level through a massive door. Going up the stairs you reach the upper floor, where the books are stored. It is sensational to walk among the rows of book cases in the half-lit room. Their shelves are filled with hundreds of early-modern books (many still fitted in their original bindings), which are patiently waiting until someone will touch them again. Heavy benches hoovering over wooden floors are a reminder that this room was once filled with scholars leaning over their books, trying to catch the last light of the day. In the middle of the library a heavy 13th-century book chest is found, next to a small collection of shiny 14th-century astrolabes. What a heavenly place.

    Pics (my own): library, book cases, consultation bench, book chest (13th century), stained-glass window (medieval), and entrance. More information about the library on Merton College’s website (here) and also here; more on Merton College, which dates from the 13th-century, here.

    (via bookporn)

  10. cottonletterpress:

Ampersand. #letterpress


    Ampersand. #letterpress

    (via malapropsbookstore)


Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. (Harper Lee)

I nearly always write, just as I nearly always breathe.
(John Steinbeck)

When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.
(Anaïs Nin)

With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw its fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy.
(Haruki Murakami)

I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling.
(Carlos Ruiz Zafón)

He loved a book because it was a book; he loved its odor, its form, its title. What he loved in a manuscript was its old illegible date, the bizarre and strange Gothic characters, the heavy gilding which loaded its drawings. It was its pages covered with dust — dust of which he breathed the sweet and tender perfume with delight.
(Gustave Flaubert)

I whispered the thrilling words to myself, then lifted the book to my nose and breathed the ink from its pages. The scent of possibilities.
(Kate Morton)

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