1. michaelmoonsbookshop:

old books..
  2. starry-eyed-wolfchild:

    The Old Butcher’s Bookshop, Paris

    (Source: messynessychic.com, via wordpainting)

  3. speciesbarocus:

    Vita Sackville-West's Private room in the Tower at Sissinghurst Castle. Kent National Trust.

    > Above by Richard Walker (2013).

    > Below by timechaser (2012).

    (via booklover)

  4. via atlasobscura:

    Book Towns: Where Reading is the Reason to Live

    Some small towns in the rural reaches that lost their former industries have reimagined themselves as "book towns." By filling empty storefronts with used and antiquarian bookshops, and hosting literary festivals, the goal is to attract new visitors in the form of bibliophiles. 

    The book towns are officially united through the International Organisation of Book Towns. The movement started in 1961 with Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye in Wales, and now includes towns across Europe and in Malaysia, Korea, and Australia. However, the drive for a sustainable tourism development program in these rural areas has hit some hurdles in recent years with the consolidation of the used book trade online and rise of the e-book. As Adrian Turpin, director of the literary festival in Wigtown, Scotland’s book town, told the BBC in 2012:

    "There was a time when second-hand book sellers in book towns were first of all selling books and secondly selling the experience of browsing. Now it is almost the other way around."

    Despite these recent changes in the literary landscape, the book towns thrive on.

    For five of our favorites, keep reading on Atlas Obscura… 

    (via bookporn)

  5. bluepueblo:

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris
photo via peggy


    Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris

    photo via peggy

    (via aquieterstorm)

  6. ebookfriendly:

This Louis XIV etagere serves as a bookshelf carousel / via Linda in Va. http://ebks.to/1q7fBxB


    This Louis XIV etagere serves as a bookshelf carousel / via Linda in Va. http://ebks.to/1q7fBxB

    (via booklover)

  7. slightlyignorant:

I’d read in this nook.


    I’d read in this nook.

    (Source: lonny.com, via wordpainting)

  8. (Source: wasbella102, via aquieterstorm)


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)

This is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience. So start breathing.
(Azar Nafisi)

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