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The Library at Night
The Library at Night | Alberto Manguel
In the tradition of A History of Reading, this book is an account of Manguels astonishment at the variety, beauty and persistence of our efforts to shape the world and our lives, most notably through something almost as old as reading itself: libraries. The Library at Night begins with the design and construction of Alberto Manguels own library at his house in western France a process that raises puzzling questions about his past and his reading habits, as well as broader ones about the nature of categories, catalogues, architecture and identity. Thematically organized and beautifully illustrated, this book considers libraries as treasure troves and architectural spaces; it looks on them as autobiographies of their owners and as statements of national identity. It examines small personal libraries and libraries that started as philanthropic ventures, and analyzes the unending promise and defects of virtual ones. It compares different methods of categorization (and what they imply) and libraries that have built up by chance as opposed to by conscious direction. In part this is because this is about the library at night, not during the day: this book takes in what happens after the lights go out, when the world is sleeping, when books become the rightful owners of the library and the reader is the interloper. Then all daytime order is upended: one book calls to another across the shelves, and new alliances are created across time and space. And so, as well as the best design for a reading room and the makeup of Robinson Crusoes library, this book dwells on more "nocturnal" subjects: fictional libraries like those carried by Count Dracula and Frankensteins monster; shadow libraries of lost and censored books; imaginary libraries of books not yet written. The Library at Night is a fascinating voyage through the mind of one our most beloved men of letters. It is an invitation into his memory and vast knowledge of books and civilizations, and throughout though mostly implicitly it is also a passionate defence of literacy, of the unique pleasures of reading, of the importance of the book. As much as anything else, The Library at Night reminds us of what a library stands for: the possibility of illumination, of a better path for our society and for us as individuals. That hope too, at the close, is replaced by something that fits this personal and eclectic book even better: something more fragile, and evanescent than illumination, though just as important.
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jveezer
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A booknerd‘s Friday night. Dusting a section of the library and listening to tunes. When you get to the end, you start again. 📖❤️🤓 As Robert Johnson sings, “I believe I‘ll dust my books...”, er, or something like that.

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Simona
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Essays about the power of the books/libraries from the author‘s intimate point of view, from his personal library to the broader aspect and meaning of the libraries through the history. Interesting topic, very informative, but some parts are too dry ...

#Booked2019 #NightOrientedTitle @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

#Nonfiction2019 #SomethingWithPictures @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

4thhouseontheleft Aww, that‘s too bad it wasn‘t a solid 👍. 5mo
Cinfhen You always find such interesting books 😍 5mo
Simona @Cinfhen Interesting and boring ... hmmm 🤔 5mo
Simona @4thhouseontheleft But thanks to him - his book was my inspiration for clean up my shelves 😁 5mo
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Simona
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Inspired by the tagged book I decided to bring some order on my chaotic shelves ... I‘m half a way through my books and I already regretting my decision ...🤯

Abailliekaras Ha ha I can relate! 😬 6mo
batsy I feel your pain! But you can do it! 😅💪🏽 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm The result will be satisfying..keep calm and carry on! 😅👏 6mo
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sprainedbrain Always such a huge task! Good luck. 💜 6mo
Leftcoastzen I need to do some of this myself.Wish I had the enthusiasm and energy I had for such projects that I had years ago. 6mo
Crazeedi Oh my...I don't know if I'd have the courage! Good for you 6mo
Simona @Abailliekaras @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @sprainedbrain @Leftcoastzen @Crazeedi I‘m almost finished with the sorting ... but this was mistake. I was way more pleased with the chaos on my shelves 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
Crazeedi @Simona Yes that is true 6mo
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bbackes
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Day off

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tournevis
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1️⃣ Physically, none. My uni library is useless to me except for its digital content. And very sadly, my local library's hours are really bad for me.
2️⃣ None at the moment, but I download digital academic articles every second day.
3️⃣ In my life? Every format at least once.
4️⃣ No, see №2.
5️⃣ None at the moment. Will likely make a bunch or interlibrary loan request this summer, however.
6️⃣ None, see №5.

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kelly.ember
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“The various qualities of my readings seem to permeate my every muscle, so that, when I finally decide to turn off the library light, I carry into my sleep the voices and the movements of the book I‘ve just closed.”

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyNov18 Day 30: Because new #Title(s) tantalize like no other.

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyNov18 Day 18: As a child, I didn‘t consider becoming a #Librarian ever. Now, it is all I think about. :)

Texreader ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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📚

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bbackes
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Today I went to an exhibition with @alessandrafn . And I have no words to explain how incredible "The Library at Night" is, based on Alberto Manguel's book. It has a replica of the author's own library and an unbelievable virtual reality session! I hope you also have the opportunity to experience it!
#library

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vivastory
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Congratulations on 1,001 followers @BarbaraBB It's definitely well deserved! Alberto Manguel very well might be my favorite literary critic. No other living writer has more thoroughly explored the meaning of, & the ethics of, "the art of reading." All three volumes, while different, have been constant companions for years. I really can't say enough great things about them.
#spotlightgiveaway

Palimpsest I love Alberto Manguel‘s books. Out of these three you‘ve highlighted I‘ve not read Imaginary Places. I recently read his Packing my Library book and loved it like everything else I‘ve read of his. Wonderful to see someone else who likes his works. 😊 13mo
vivastory @Palimpsest Imaginary Places is so much fun to randomly dip into! He writes so thoughtfully & elegantly about literature & reading, I always get new insights when I reread him. I still need to read Packing My Library. I think I'm going to order it now 😄 13mo
Kammbia1 I will have to check out Imaginary Places. (edited) 13mo
vivastory @Kammbia1 I hope you love it! 13mo
BarbaraBB Sounds incredible. Why have I never heard of him?! 13mo
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lycomayflower
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A fun staircase inside the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton, PA

#riotgrams
#librarylove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this!!! 1y
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Booksnchill
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My newly painted and reorganized library created on my upstairs landing- still have items to add but cozy and I have added a sonos speaker for music as well.

Tamra Lovely! 1y
LeslieO Heaven! 1y
AllTheWords Perfect! :) 1y
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Booksnchill @Tamra @LeslieO @AllTheWords Thanks- loving it so far and it had been essentially unused space so bonus! 1y
DivineDiana Great job! 👏🏻 1y
Avanders Oooh wonderful! 👏🏽👏🏽 1y
Avanders Now I want tea..... 🤷🏽‍♀️😁 1y
Booksnchill @Avanders I am unboxing a wedgewood set I bought in London some years ago- I will find a space for it! 1y
Avanders Sounds perfect! ❣️ 1y
C.Perone You did a beautiful job! 1y
Redwritinghood Looks great! 1y
britt_brooke Looks so cozy! 1y
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Thndrstd
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Palimpsest
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1. At least once a week
2. Trinity College Library or Bodleian
3. Currently none. I‘m trying to read books on my shelves.
4. Sadly, I don‘t think I had one as a kid. 🤔 I have one from high school. I think my mom just put my books on her card.

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tournevis
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1️⃣ Have not in many many months, and since I'm still on medical leave, haven't been to my uni library in months either.
2️⃣ I'd like to see Beinecke again. British Lib too.
3️⃣ None.
4️⃣ I was 6 and I was pissed because I'd wanted one since I was four!
#trivialthursday @GarthRanzz

GarthRanzz LOL to number four! 1y
tournevis @GarthRanzz My local library refused to emit a card to a child not in school! The nerve! 1y
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TheBookKeeper
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"Ultimately, the number of books always exeeds the space they are granted."
Alberto Manguel The Library at Night
#albertomanguel #thelibraryatnight

A fabulous book!

RaimeyGallant Haha. :) 1y
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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #library Part memoir, part history, part musings, this non-fiction was a joy to read. I may not have agreed with the author about everything but he made a good case for his views.

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Such an interesting & true concept!

UrsulaMonarch @Kendra.Diane your "book hangover " concept made me think of this quote! ? 2y
Kendra.Diane @Lkelly totally!! Love this!! 2y
UrsulaMonarch @Kendra.Diane 😊🤓📚 2y
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UrsulaMonarch
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Such interesting topics but, perhaps ironically, I found that it was too broad-ranging for me and lacked curation!

tournevis I really liked it. 2y
UrsulaMonarch @tournevis yeah I'm glad a lot of people did! I wanted to like it more - I liked a few parts a lot but found I wasn't overly interested in many other portions. Still glad I tried it! 2y
tournevis @Lkelly It's certainly not a book for everybody. He likes what he likes and not everyone likes those. 2y
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So beautiful. How many books have you dreamed up and then let dissipate on the breeze?

UrsulaMonarch This has never even occurred to me... I'm reading this right now too and it has so many interesting ideas! Thanks for posting! 2y
8leagueboot @Lkelly as a lifelong Library hobbit, forever holed up in the stacks, it is just warming my heart. 2y
UrsulaMonarch @8leagueboot 💚📚💚😊 2y
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8leagueboot
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This might be the most beautiful table of contents that I've ever seen. So far, the essays are stunning, as well!

ApoptyGina69 I just read this last month and loved it! 2y
8leagueboot @ApoptyGina69 it's really beautiful. I am eager to read his other work! 2y
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jveezer
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Why do I love sitting amongst my books so much?

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ApoptyGina69
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Many of us have read this, but I wanted to add my admiration and accolades, and to share this passage from the conclusion which I plan to print and hang up

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Eugeniavb
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My 5 author picks for my #5fordinner
Julio Cortázar
Alberto Manguel
Winston Churchill
Stephen King
Virginia Woolf

Let me know yours!

Alfoster I'm thinking Stephen King is going to a lot of dinner parties based on everyone's choices! People, let him write! He doesn't have time for all of us!😂😂😂😂😂 2y
vivastory Manguel would be a great choice! I have Junot Diaz as my dinner guest whose love for literature is infectious, but Manguel would easily serve the same function 2y
Eugeniavb He's the living intellectual I would love to meet. Out of everyone! Love him with a passion @vivastory 2y
vivastory The Library at Night & Dictionary of Imaginary Places are indispensable 2y
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UrsulaMonarch
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Partial #libraryhaul . Not even sure where to start!! #SFPL

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vivastory
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Manguel writes elegantly and memorably on a broad range of library topics. Starting with the construction of his personal library in the Loire valley, he considers the myriad facets and histories of libraries both personal and public. Published in 2006, his opinions on digital books evolved to being more inclusive from earlier books like "A Reader on Reading." An indispensable book about books, one that will reward rereading.

RealBooks4ever Ok, just replaced A Reader On Reading with this book on my TBR list! 2y
vivastory @RealBooks4ever It's a better book. One of Manguel's greatest. 2y
Moray_Reads This has been on my tbr for so long! 2y
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vivastory @Moray_Reads You would love it 2y
ApoptyGina69 Just starting this today. Already bowled over. On third page, I went to get a fresh notebook for quotes and references. 2y
vivastory @ApoptyGina69 it really is special. I will definitely be rereading it in the future 2y
8leagueboot I just finished the first essay and I'm in love. 2y
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Joyfulmimi Love that ! 2y
readordierachel What a great sentiment. I've gotta remember that. 2y
Suet624 That's helpful. 2y
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vivastory
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saresmoore Yes. 2y
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vivastory
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ValerieAndBooks I like the architect analogy! This looks like something I would have stacked by now, but I guess not. Are you liking it so far? 2y
vivastory @ValerieAndBooks I love it. I highly recommend. 2y
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vivastory
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Friday morning situation

Simona I like your situation❣️ 2y
sprainedbrain Omg. I don't know what that is, but I think I want it. 😍 2y
vivastory @sprainedbrain It's a cherry cheesecake donut from Hy-Vee bakery. It's even more delicious than it looks. 2y
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sprainedbrain @vivastory I clearly need to go to Hy-Vee more often. 2y
vivastory @sprainedbrain It's funny because I'd only recently noticed the gourmet donuts & I've been going there for years. I think it's a recent addition to the bakery. I think Hy-Vee has an amazing bakery. I also love their cupcakes. 2y
sprainedbrain @vivastory I agree on the bakery... I order a lot of cakes from there, too, but clearly I have missed this gourmet donut stuff. So thanks for the public service! 😂 2y
LeahBergen Oooo! 2y
readordierachel That looks amazing! 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen @ReadOrDieRachel Even more delicious than it looks! 2y
ApoptyGina69 I just started this book yesterday, but I have 3 other non-fictions going, so I hit pause for a couple weeks. It's part of my #LitsyAtoZ though, so it'll be read by New Year's! 2y
vivastory @ApoptyGina69 It's great so far. I think it's a good one to dip into. 2y
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vivastory
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Several of these classification systems are appealing. Especially date of purchase & reading priorities.

RealBooks4ever When I had a previous apartment I shelved by purchase date, which worked well with using my database. After several moves that shelving method is shot. I can't find anything! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
LeahBergen I (sort of) shelve by genre, country and literary period (but all of my classic lit and pretty bindings are in a separate room). 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Texreader Unique approach-purchase date- but wow what a good idea! 2y
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vivastory @RealBooks4ever @Texreader It'd be a challenge for me to attempt this as many of my books I only have a vague idea of when I bought them 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen I used a similar system for all of my poetry books. Have you logged your books into a database? 2y
LeahBergen @vivastory No, I haven't. The thought of it is intimidating. 😆 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen I logged all of my books into library thing about nine years ago, but didn't keep up with it & I don't even remember my account info. My initial cataloging took nearly two weeks. 2y
LeahBergen Gah!! And I imagine you've bought a few more books in the last 9 years? 😏 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen Maybe a couple...😂 2y
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vivastory
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The final word on price stickers.

Librariana Wish they'd had Goo Gone! Having been a library technician, it was my trusted friend when getting rid of sticky messes 😊 2y
batsy Gummy hell indeed 2y
cathysaid 😂😂 2y
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aeeklund PREACH. 2y
Texreader Truth!!! 2y
Lcsmcat Amen! 2y
Leniverse On the back? These days those nefarious stickers tend to be on the front! 😠😫 But I'm pretty good at removing them without damage to the book. Only sometimes the stickiness remains. 😣 2y
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vivastory
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"All that remains of an Athenian library: an inscription stating that opening times are 'from the first to the sixth hour' and that 'it is forbidden to take works out of the library.'"

JazzFeathers 😍😍😍 2y
Moray_Reads Amazing ❤ 2y
batsy I love that. Are you enjoying the book? 2y
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vivastory @batsy Yes, very much! Manguel is one of my favorite literary critics. Have you read him? 2y
batsy @vivastory No, I haven't! I've heard only good things about his books and hope to get to one of it soon. 2y
vivastory @batsy I really liked (despite occasionally being a bit dry) 2y
batsy @vivastory Thank you, both sound fantastic! 2y
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LeslieO
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I got my days mixed up so here's #library. #sizzlinsummerbooks

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intervital
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#currentlyreading It's a lush, bright world and while I don't understand 90% of the allusions, I truly adore #reading this #book. It's a series of essays on the meaning and mysteries of #libraries throughout history, beginning with #albertomanguel's extraordinary #library in the French countryside. I plan on abandoning it in public along with The 351 books of Irma Arcuri, a small gift, and a written work for #abandonedB2BC. I can't wait to finish!

UrsulaMonarch @well.read.panda may be of interest! 2y
8leagueboot I wonder if he'd let me visit his personal library if I baked him a cake and was very very nice... 🤔 2y
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vivastory
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#riotgrams
Once per week I check the ARC stack at the Woodneath library. I have acquired quite a few books for free that are on my tbr. Once I placed a hold on Drew Magary's "The Hike." When I arrived to pick it up, I noticed that there was a free copy on the ARC display. Not technically a #littlefreelibrary but close enough.

RealBooks4ever Lucky! Did you like 2y
vivastory @RealBooks4ever I haven't read it yet, hope to remedy that soon 2y
RealBooks4ever I want it just for the cover! Of course, the story sounds fabulous too! 😻 2y
vivastory @RealBooks4ever The cover is memorably wild. Love it 2y
8leagueboot I haven't heard of a library doing that! That's awesome! 2y
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vivastory
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Texreader Gorgeous! 2y
Sarah83 look incredible 😉 2y
LeahBergen 😍😍 2y
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LeahBergen
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Or so I tell myself.
#JustifyingBookMail

vivastory The struggle is real 😬 2y
Bostonmomx2 I don't have guilt...I have sadness because I know I'll never read everything I want. 2y
shawnmooney Yuppers! 😍 2y
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shawnmooney I met him – Manguel – by the way. "Meet" is probably too strong a word but I did go to a book signing event in Edmonton decades ago and felt that he flirted with me… :-) 2y
drokka 😍😍😍 2y
Redwritinghood I just worry that some will still be waiting beyond the end of my days. 2y
Megabooks Great quote!! 2y
merelybookish Can't argue with that logic.😊 2y
wordslinger42 I love this quote ❤ 2y
Hobbinol This book is waiting patiently for me on my shelf. Nice quote! 2y
batsy @Redwritinghood @LeahBergen 😂 Honestly this is when I start thinking about the possibility of several lives 2y
LeahBergen @Bostonmomx2 I know! 😩 2y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney We'll have to get together one day and make a spreadsheet of "authors we think flirted with us" ... and see if we have any overlap! ? 2y
LeahBergen @Redwritinghood I know! 😬 2y
LeahBergen @Hobbinol Erm... it's waiting on my shelf, too. 😄 2y
LeahBergen @batsy Exactly! 😂 2y
Izai.Amorim Guilty? No, but missed opportunities... what if I didn't read the really good ones? 2y
LeahBergen @Izai.Amorim Right? It's scary! 😬 2y
ApoptyGina69 Starting this today!!! Pen & notebook close by. So great!! 2y
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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My 10yo wants to #readathon too... so he's frantically putting library books on hold for me to bring home on Friday! I've created the best kind of monster!

CocoReads Sweet! 2y
Reviewsbylola So cute! 2y
Jinjer That's awesome! He looks so intense! 2y
BucklingBookshelves This is beyond adorable! Have fun with your readathon buddy! 2y
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diovival
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#aprilbookshowers Day12: #dropeverythingandread
If you like books about books then this is a must-read. It is an ode to books and reading. Mangual gives you a glimpse at libraries across the ages. Each chapter invites the reader to look at libraries from a different perspective. I say to book lovers everywhere, "Drop everything and read this!"
@RealLifeReading

Liatrek Sounds interesting. Adding to my TBR pile 📚📚 2y
ReadingEnvy I use some of this book in my reading class 2y
diovival @ReadingEnvy Was that a high or low point of the class? 2y
ReadingEnvy @diovival I used it more as prompts for reading reflections 2y
diovival @ReadingEnvy I can see that. 2y
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Lizpixie
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#riotgrams #day7 #mylocallibrary Libraries in Australia are run by the local councils.Usually in a council area,which are fairly large,there's a central "main" library hub with smaller satellite libraries in the larger suburbs.The top picture is Max Weber Library,the main hub in Blacktown and the smaller pictures are from satellites like Stanhope Gardens & Rouse Hill & the bottom white building is the Mt Druitt Hub.I'm quite proud of our library!

Laura317 It's lovely! 3y
hlgreenfield That's the same system as we have here in Portugal! That's a lovely library! 😃 3y
Reviewsbylola Wow, they're all very pretty. 3y
LeeRHarry None of the libraries are very attractive in my council area, but I guess it is what's inside that counts - I 💕 libraries! 3y
DebinHawaii Nice! They all look lovely!! 📚💜 3y
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This book is so amazing. Nothing beats a good book about book collecting. This covers a personal account of building a personal library and a history of libraries

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Knowledgelost
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I love books about books, so let's see how I feel about a book about a library

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WanderingBookaneer
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Reecaspieces ❤️️❤️️❤️️ 3y
saresmoore This is so fun! 3y
Reviewsbylola Love!! 😍 3y
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LeahBergen I have a bookish bookshelf, too! It's one of my favourites 😍 3y
UwannaPublishme 😍👍🏻 3y
ApoptyGina69 On my #TBR for 2017!! 3y
Zelma Books about books are my Achilles heel! I ❤️ them. 3y
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