I just came across this awesome article : 11 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries. How inspiring! It combines my two passions – travel and reading.
I tried to visit the famous Biblioteca Vasconcelos when I was in Mexico City back in December, but due to Mexico’s devout Catholic presence most public buildings are closed between Christmas and New Years. Oh well, guess I will just have to plan another trip! How amazing would it be to travel the world in search of the best libraries and bookstores?
Check out the pics below (and you can read the full story on POPSUGAR) – have you been lucky enough to visit any of these awe-inspiring places?
Stockholm Public Library, Sweden
Boston Public Library, MA
Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City
New York Public Library
The Library of Parliament, Canada
Admont Abbey Library, Austria
(Ok there’s no way this one WASN’T the inspiration for Beauty and the Beast, amirite?)
San Diego Central Library, CA
Adelaide City Library, Australia
The Leeds Library, England
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, CT
“Sometimes, just when we need them, life wraps metaphors up in little bows for us. When you think all is lost, the things you need the most return unexpectedly.”
– Susannah Cahalan
I read Brain on Fire after being urged by a friend and found it riveting from beginning to end. This young woman’s brave story is equal parts terrifying and inspiring. Have you read it? Full review to come!
“I looked at the painting one last time, but by studying it so hard I felt something slip away. It was like looking at a star in the night sky – if I looked at one directly I could barely see it, but if I looked from the corner of my eye it became much brighter.”
I’m on a family getaway near Bend, Oregon at the moment and despite coming fully prepared with my chosen reads, I couldn’t resist a perusal through the rental house’s well-stocked bookshelves.
I plucked out Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and haven’t been able to put it down! The quote above is a great example of its beautiful prose. Hopefully I make it all the way through, else management may find themselves short a book :-).
TIME Magazine said it and I’m inclinded to agree: “It’s turning into a big year for readers.” Their edit staff just released their picks for the best books that have been released in 2015 thus far. I’ve shared them here – have any of these made it into YOUR favorites or TBR list yet?
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
I Take You by Eliza Kennedy
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
The Story of Alice by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
The Brothers by Masha Gessen
The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits
How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt
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Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants. He then allows himself to be “saved” by fellow patrons who, feeling responsible for Victor’s life, go on to send checks to support him. When he’s not pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual addiction recovery workshops for action, visits his addled mom, and spends his days working at a colonial theme park.
I scored Choke for a great deal in my favorite LA bookstore. This was my introduction to Chuck Palahniuk’s work, though I’ve definitely heard of him before – like any other member of my generation, I’ve seen the Fight Club movie approximately one billion times. While I know it’s not kablamo to judge an author’s work by a film adaptation; I perceived a lot of thematic similarities between that film and this book. Anarchism, sex, apathy/disgust for commercialism and society, and an anithero protagonist who, underneath everything, just wants to be loved…you feel me. Continue reading
Just bought a great new bookshelf and made a little weekend project out of organizing it. Here’s a section in progress – recognize any of your favorite titles?
And real talk to my book blogging homies – guys, how do you organize your shelves? Is it by color, author, genre, series…? This rainbow theme make me SO HAPPY but I had to split some of the series up, which gives me anxiety…what if they miss each other??
Hope you’re all having an awesome week xx
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For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones … about a love that transcends the boundaries of time … and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his….
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart … in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising … and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.
Well, I did it. I really did it – I made it through Dragonfly in Amber. I don’t know why this book was such a challenge to finish (the “break” I took to binge-read The Selection Series might have had something to do with it) but all in all, it was really good.
In true binge-reading fashion, I ordered The One overnight upon finishing The Elite and finished it in two days. And in true …me (?) fashion, I feel the same way about it that I did about the previous two books in The Selection series (reviews here and here). It was not, by any means, the most groundbreaking literature I’ll ever read, but was definitely entertaining, even addictively so.
I’m having a tough time recapping the plot of The Elite in my own words…I feel like the second book in a series always contains lots of plot progression and deepening intrigue that’s a bit challenging to pin down. Like, a lot HAPPENS, but even more gets saved for the author’s show-stopping third or fourth (or seventh, in JK Rowling’s case) (or neverth, or in George RR Martin’s case) finale. So for the sake of efficiency, here’s the summary from Goodreads: