Category Archives: Book Beauty

Books and Memory

Traveling home to visit family over the holidays this year, two different people commented on the book I carried with me, Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene. Both mentioned that the title “was an older one,” a fact I … Continue reading

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Building the Dream Home Library

For the first time in my life, I have been given the opportunity to transform a room into a personal library. Instead of bookcases here, there and everywhere (arguably, not a bad thing), my many books will share a single … Continue reading

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Non-Books on our Bookshelves

With the rise of the e-book we have come up against the idea that, some horrible day in the future, bookshelves will become either obsolete or purely decorative, filled with items other than books. But, to be honest, my bookshelves … Continue reading

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Making Paper Book Covers

On a recent trip to Tokyo I was well impressed by the number of people reading physical books (as opposed to e-books) on the train. As it turns out, many young people in Japan still prefer the “real thing” when it … Continue reading

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Underlined Passages — Favourite Words from my Bookcase

I write in my books. It’s a habit I picked up as an undergraduate studying English Literature. After four years of marking meaningful passages to refer back to, I found I just couldn’t stop. In fact, I didn’t want to. … Continue reading

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Forgetting What We Read

In a recent post for The New Yorker, Ian Crouch discusses an issue that has plagued me of late, The Curse of Reading and Forgetting, a curse which has been brought to my attention multiple times in the past few months. … Continue reading

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Four Unusual Bookshops Around the Globe

Whenever I travel I make a point of stopping into at least one local independent bookshop. I’ve been lucky enough to explore many beautiful bookish spaces this way, but haven’t yet encountered any as unusual as the four below. Castle … Continue reading

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The Future of Books (as Told by the Sci-Fi I Watched as a Kid)

Interested in science fiction and fantasy from a young age, by the mid-90′s one of my favourite programs was Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. There were many bizarre futuristic aspects of the universe depicted in this program that I accepted … Continue reading

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Readers, Painted and Drawn by Famous Artists

Over the centuries, many famous artists have depicted the act of reading in their work.  Here are a few favourites: Rembrandt Degas Hopper Renoir Van Gogh Vermeer

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Three Ways of Looking at Book Covers and Their Design

Book covers are a marketing tool.  They are meant to help convince us that of all the books available, this one is right for us.  But is that all they are?  What of the many cover designs that have become … Continue reading

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