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The Book: A Cover-to-cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time | Keith Houston
71 posts | 14 read | 103 to read
A lavish material history of the world s most popular and most powerful medium."
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OrangeMooseReads
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julesG Clever! 3w
gradcat Cool! 😎 3w
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Kimberlone
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For seven days I‘ll post a favorite cover with no explanation.

#7days7covers #Day6

Nute I like it! 3w
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Palimpsest
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Pickpick

If you love books about books like I do then this book is a must. The feel of the paper alone will make a book-lover giddy. Incredibly well researched this book is divided into four sections discussing the page and how paper was produced, the text from writing to typesetting, illustrations from illuminations to woodcuts and lithographs, to the form and why books are the size and shape they are. Illustrations throughout and labels for book parts ♥️

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NotCool

“We bought books at bookshops and garage sales; we borrowed them temporarily from libraries and permanently from our friends” ...I feel judged

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Pickpick

“‘The Book‘... is rectangular because cows, goats, and sheep are rectangular too.” I love this quote from p331 of ‘The Book‘ by Keith Houston. A very enjoyable read that brought back some of the information I learned in my Graphic Communications courses.
#readwhatyouloveproject2019

intothehallofbooks This book looks completely fascinating! I hadn‘t heard of it before seeing your post!! 9mo
Tanner @intothehallofbooks It‘s such a well-done book. I think I heard about it on one of the Book Riot podcasts so looked for it in the bookstore. When I saw it, I knew I had to have it. 😀 9mo
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Tanner
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Reading goal set for 2019. Slight increase for this year: 1 per week, plus 1 every 4 months.
#goodreadschallenge2019
#readwhatyouloveproject2019

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rabbitprincess
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A small but mighty book haul for Xmas 2018. I borrowed the tagged book from the library and decided I needed my own copy to fully appreciate it. Looking forward to the collection of Time Lord verse (Now We Are Six Hundred). The Inconvenient Indian will also be interesting and important.

Tamra I want to read The Inconvenient Indian! 10mo
LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
rabbitprincess @Tamra I need to get Seven Fallen Feathers as well. @LeahBergen I had borrowed The Book from the library but decided I needed my own copy! 10mo
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Tanner
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I never expected to find a quote from The Princess Bride in this book!

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Tanner
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Finally getting around to reading this lovely object. It‘s so nice to read a book that uses good paper!

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Nute
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Get your vote on!

Banner and Book Image: Goodreads
Application: Textgrams

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Suzze
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My #shelves of books I haven‘t read yet. And I wonder why I can‘t catch up. 🤣#31bookpics

TheSpineView Yours looks small. I am now over the 400 mark for TBR in just physical books. 13mo
Suzze @TheSpineView I had to go look. 308 physical books. You win. 🤣 13mo
TheSpineView @Suzze I bet there are folks that make us look like amateurs!😋 13mo
Nevermore88 Same girl same! 13mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Happy National Read a Book day!

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Nute
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Still driving my parents around. Still waiting in crowded parking lots. Thanks goodness, still got cell phone battery juice, however, a greater joy is on the horizon, because guess what is right around the corner from the bank. (my current on hold location) Target and Costco...Yay! ‘There be books.‘ I‘m going to get one or two. Skrrrt..Detour ahead! Now I can be Uber Daughter all day long.😃

JazzFeathers Yayyyy!!!!! 14mo
Nute @JazzFeathers Mission accomplished! 13mo
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Kimberlone
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The other part of my Prime Day splurge. I‘ve had this book in my cart for ages and I couldn‘t resist pulling the trigger on it thanks to the $5 off $20 deal they had running. Cannot wait to dig into this book. The attention to detail and design is impeccable, even the inside looks amazing! #bookmail

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Suzze
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I have had this book on my Amazon wish list for awhile now. Although my son usually buys me everything on my wish list, he seems to ignore books! He is an avid reader so I do not understand it. I may just have to get this for myself. #BooksAboutBooks #readingresolutions @Jess7

OrangeMooseReads This is a really interesting book 2y
Emilymdxn I picked that up in a shop recently! It looked so interesting tho I couldn‘t afford it at the time 2y
emilyhaldi Oooohhhh 😍 2y
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rabbitprincess
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Princess Bride reference! 😆

rwmg Your author doesn't seem to be aware that Egyot itself was a Hellenistic kingdom at this stage. 2y
rabbitprincess @rwmg He may have thought that the general reader would be confused by Hellenic vs Hellenistic. But I do think he could have said that parchment was developed "in Greece" and avoided the confusion entirely ? 2y
rwmg But it wasn't. The word parchment derives from Pergamum, in what is now Turkey 2y
rabbitprincess @rwmg Then that is something that should perhaps be brought to the attention of the publisher. 2y
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rabbitprincess
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Most often, our library hold slips are wrapped around the spine of the book. Sometimes they will be wrapped around the page edge side, but they usually extend over the covers and the pages. Today was the first time I'd seen the hold slip wrapped around only the pages! Maybe the librarians didn't want to wreck the cover or spine -- sometimes they rip if the hold slip is too sticky. 🤔

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RebelReader
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This is totally me and my TBR shelves are visible proof of this. I keep trying to control my buying, but unsuccessful 99% of the time. Can you imagine if I didn't use the library??? 😬😬😬

BookMaven407 😂 2y
Tove_Reads Same! 2y
RebelReader @Tove_Reads @BookMaven407 That's why I love Litsy....You all understand this affliction! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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MiraMonroe Yes! So true. 💗 2y
MommyOfTwo 😂 but I still get coffee 2y
TricksyTails 😂🙌 2y
RebelReader @MommyOfTwo I still get the coffee too, but I complain about the cost more than I ever do about the cost of books and believe me they cost me sooooo much more each year. 😂 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Total 10
5 audio - 2 nonfiction 3 fiction
1 graphic novel
1 non fiction
1 poetry
2 fiction
—\u000—\u000-
3 Female authors - 2 WoC
7 Male authors - 1 Poc

Cinfhen Great month 👍🏻 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Cinfhen thanks, better than last month. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Pickpick

This book appealed to my history nerd and my book nerd. A dense well written and well researched book on the history of the book. This covers from papyrus to modern day book making, including details of the making of a hardcover edition of The Book. Really interesting and worth a read.

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OrangeMooseReads
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Could have gone the rest of my life not knowing there was a term for this.

AmandaL Yeesh. 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Gross! Reminds me of Hocus Pocus spell book 🎃 2y
britt_brooke 😵 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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I‘m being a sh*t mom tonight. I‘m reading a physical book and have my headphones in because I hate people-ing. Not #audiomomming *note: the sh*t mom is a joke

Dolly Been there sooo many times with no book or headphones 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Dolly oh me too. I try to always remember at least a book. Having nothing is really boring and then people talk to you. 2y
Dolly So many avid readers, including myself, are introverts, shy and socially awkward. I wonder what would happen when we're all put in one room? 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Dolly that‘s true. We don‘t seem to be as awkward when we are with our own. We automatically have at least one thing to talk about. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Asking the tough historical questions

KVanRead 😂😂😂 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Just over one hundred pages to go and I've lost all interest in reading. Not just this book, but any book.

Jas16 I hate it when that happens 2y
DivineDiana Oh my! 🙁 2y
mrozzz Oh no!! Try a walk with an audiobook? 2y
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OrangeMooseReads @mrozzz I just finished an audiobook yesterday, even that took me longer than normal. 2y
mrozzz Hmmm. Maybe it's worth rereading an old favorite? 2y
OrangeMooseReads @mrozzz it might be 2y
mrozzz Hope you get back on track soon 💜 2y
OrangeMooseReads @mrozzz thanks, me too 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Got to love Kakfa.

readordierachel Checks out 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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"Gutenberg was not the father of printing so much as its midwife."

Sace ❤️ I love that 2y
BookishFeminist 😂😂 2y
OrangeMooseReads @RestlessFickleBookSlut I thought it was pretty great too 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Isabella hates bookmarks. She believes you should never stop reading. After this picture she promptly ran away with my bookmark.

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MrBook
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Egads! I've been tagged! I've been challenged by the always enjoyable @ssravp to make a #FiveStarPredictions post!

Here are some TBR's I think I'll rate 5 stars: Empire Falls; 1Q84; The Book; All the King's Men; The Doubter's Alamanc; Gödel, Escher, Bach.

I'll #PairWith JW Blue for these anticipated selections. ???

I tag @CouronneDhiver , @Caffienequeen , @JenP , @annahenke , @kylienoele , @Jamesfahyauthor to see what you all have in mind.

IamIamIam Oh no, 1Q84?!?! 🤤 I'll be patient and see how you feel about it... lol 2y
Lcsmcat I'm curious to see your review of Empire Falls. 2y
IamIamIam Richard Russo is incredible, @Lcsmcat!!! I loved Straight Man but Empire Falls is due for a reread! 2y
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guinsgirlreads Nice Blue Label in the background! 🍻 🥃 2y
OrangeMooseReads The Book is excellent. History and trivia nerdiness abounds from it. 2y
CouronneDhiver Thanks for thinking of me... I need a couple days to think this one over 🤔 2y
Dragon IQ84 is so good but so weird, enjoy! 🐉 2y
sisilia Have fun with 1Q84 😸 2y
Jamesfahyauthor 1Q84 is tremendously good 👌🏻 2y
BookBabe 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Ever notice weird/random things in books after you've been reading them for a bit? I just noticed that the periods in this book are little crosses/plus signs. Sorry the picture isn't great.

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OrangeMooseReads
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"By examining how paper from differing batches is distributed throughout the surviving printed Bibles, and by tracking idiosyncrasies of spelling, spacing, and other typographical quirks, experts have concluded that four workers (later six) were engaged in assembling pages, or "composing" them, at once."
Huh, so what does this say about my life in 2017?

julesG Equally enlightening as my quote. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It says, "don't judge a book by its cover" & "watch the small details because they can change the entire meaning" 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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I'm not a biblical scholar or anything, but it's NOT RevelationS it's Revelation and it drives me nuts when an S is added to it.

Rachbb3 Me too! 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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This paragraph gave me the warm "you get me" fuzzies.

Sace I had to break my book ban yet again after seeing this. Can't wait to get my copy! 2y
OrangeMooseReads @RestlessFickleBookSlut I've been told I'm an enabler 2y
Sace @OrangeMooseReads you may be but I'm fine with that! 😁 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Up next on #TBRbingo or #tbr2017 .... The Book. A book about the book. It's super booknerd reading! 🤓 (apple needs a super-person emoji or at least a cape).
I point out the dingbat because it makes me giggle, my grandma calls people dingbats.

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DeeLew
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I will join in on the fun! ?

1. 10-20 hours
2. Print books
3. Mystery and Horror
4. Romance and Westerns
5. Biggest pet peeve is having people talk to me when I'm reading or making a lot of noise. ??
6. I love that I can "travel" to other worlds and experience things that would be way out of my own comfort zone.
7. I buy way more books than I'll ever be able to read.

#LitsyQuestions

GypsyKat Drives me crazy when people talk to me while reading! Well, like when I'm in public. I'll put my book down for the hubs. 👍 2y
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Sarah83
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vivastory Reading mania. It's a chronic condition. 2y
Sarah83 @vivastory It is indeed. 2y
RealBooks4ever I confess: I have reading mania. Don't send cure. 2y
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MyBookBath 🙋🏻 I definitely suffer from it! And I like every second of the suffering! 2y
Lmstraubie Hi, my name is Lisa and I suffer from reading mania. 🙋 2y
Yanes What???? No way... 2y
Sarah83 @Yanes Yes. I also read this headline in magazine a while ago 2y
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RowReads1
Lcsmcat What a great article! 2y
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RowReads1
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I'm finally getting this again. Yah! #bookmail

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shelf-improvement
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Pickpick

A pretty solid read, though I didn't love it. I'm the kind of girl who went to an exhibition of incunabula while on her honeymoon so it was interesting (and effin' beautiful) but I maybe didn't need a full 75 pages on the history of papyrus ➡ parchment ➡ paper?

Also, my phone suggests 'incunabula' and that makes me feel warm fuzzy things.

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How did I not know that the Frankfurt Book Fair has been around this long!?

valeriegeary That's pretty impressive! 😮 3y
LeahBergen I need this book! 3y
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Meanwhile, why did I get this from the library instead of just buying it!? It's so pretty, I want to get it drunk and take it to bed with me.

vivastory Haha 3y
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#CoolSpines #RiotGrams
I display three favorite Alcott titles wrapped in colored twine on the "classics" shelf of my fiction bookcase and Angelou's first installment of her autobiography: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" lying flat in my non-fiction case with her other installments stacked vertically on top. The Angelou is from the Folio Society. #FolioSociety #Classics #Alcott #Angelou #MayaAngelou

SusanInTiburon Pretty and inspiring! Thank you! 3y
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RowReads1
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A couple #bookmarks and postcards that I use as bookmarks. #riotgrams sulamith wulfing

Chachic Mucha! 💖 I remember going to the Mucha Museum in Prague back in 2015. 3y
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kmbezner
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My special space for books about books, reading, language, and literature.

#shelfiesunday

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WhatStaceyReads
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Reading a book about the history of bookmaking. I'm very nerdy.

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courtneybee
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can't find a cover that makes no sense among the ones I have around, so instead here's another one of my options for yesterday's #endpapers

(if the text is too small, it says "endpapers"-- in this book about books, all the elements are labeled like this!)

#readjanuary

Libby1 Clever! 3y
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Donna_sBookMinute
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Delilah's personality abounds; and I think the cute and playful shot on the back end paper is a pretty good indicator of just how chill she can get.
#ReadJanuary #endpapers

RealLifeReading ❤️ 3y
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MrBook
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#Bookmail is the best mail 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! Found boxes in the mailbox on our way home this evening, and found these inside. All steeply discounted on BN.com. There goes my library pay 😂👏🏻! Do any of them stand out to you? ☺

moranadatter The Professor and the Madman is great! Haven't read the others. 3y
Debiw781 I loved The Bookshop on the Corner 3y
Vblancsbooks News of the world! I need! 3y
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CocoReads News of the World is fantastic! 3y
jpmcwisemorgan What is Stealing From God about? 3y
asiriusreader Recently read The Professor and the Madman. Lots of interesting tidbits for word nerds 🤓 3y
Julsmarshall Just got News of the World and I Loved 3y
webhau1 News of the World is the current bookclub pick that is mentioned in the "What should I read next" podcast. ModernMrsDarcy.com bookclub. I haven't read it yet, but it does stand out to me as she gives great recommendations. Enjoy 3y
readinginthedark Ironic that the library pays you to buy books! 😁 3y
Dogearedcopy I read 'News of the World' last year and it was definitely a "Pick!" It's an oral history > novel, a Western set in post-Civil War Texas about a man who travels from town to town reading the news to paying audiences. At one point, he is also charged with returning a young girl (who had been kidnapped by the Kiowa) to her family... You'll never look at a roll of dimes the same way again! (edited) 3y
JGadz11 I've wanted to read The Professor and the Madman! Will be curious to see your thoughts 3y
quirkyreader The Professor And The Madman is very good. 3y
drokka The Professor and the Madman is highly informative, and quite good. That Wars of the Roses book intrigues me. 3y
Dogearedcopy I read the U.K. version of 'The Bookshop on the Corner' when it is more appropriately titled, 'The Little Shop of Happy Ever After.' It's a charming story, a light romance with some literary references. (Perhaps more for @Bookbabe than you?) Anyway, I have to say the US title and cover drive me a little crazy as it's very misleading 3y
AndreaReads I'm intrigued by The War of the Roses! Fascinating! Can't wait to hear what you think! 3y
LeslieO I loved The Professor and the Madman! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess I have the Professor and the Madman but want Book. 3y
EliNeedsMoreShelves The Professor & The Madman was a great read! 3y
DebinHawaii The Bookshop on the Corner & News of the World were two of my favorites for 2016. 📚👍 3y
brennahawleycraig Ditto on Professor and the Madman. It was a fascinating read! News of the World was quick and great. 3y
Oblomov26 Not read war of the roses but Dan Jones is a good author and scholar and that period is fascinating 3y
Apinlibraryland LOVED the professor and the madman! 3y
HardcoverHearts News of the World was one of my absolute favorites of last year. 3y
BkClubCare @EliNeedsMoreShelves - Yes! Fascinating 3y
BookBabe @Dogearedcopy He did get it for me! How did you know? 😁 Actually, it's really funny, I had this in my Amazon cart and was waiting for $, because I was going to buy it for him! (Not knowing it's more chick-lit) 3y
Meg858 Can't wait for News of the World! Hen your TBR list is filled with so many possibilities choosing what comes next is so hard. I wish I could choose all of them at the same time! 3y
sparklemotion I really want to read The Bookshop On the Corner 😬 3y
Kajohnson I can't say enough good things about The Professor and the Madman. So interesting and wild. Great nonfiction. 3y
Zelma Professor and the Madman is a really interesting story, but the book itself has a lot of issues. I found way too much hypothetical, "this likely happened" storytelling for my taste in nonfiction. The author takes a lot of liberties to tell a story so I tend not to recommend it. However, the story of the Oxford dictionary being made is really fascinating. 3y
MrBook @Debiw781 @PatienceFortitude @Julsmarshall @Dogearedcopy @DebinHawaii @BookBabe @sparklemotion Another book that has been highly recommended to me numerous times 😁👏🏻! I didn't know the backstory of it, thank you for the insight! 3y
MrBook @jpmcwisemorgan It's an apologetics book that attempts to explain how atheistic arguments are based on a theistic framework. Interested to read what the author has to say. Recommended by a friend who is an atheist, actually. 😊👍🏻 3y
MrBook @readinginthedark I wish 😁👍🏻👍🏻! My supervisor does that. But staff privilege allows us to pretty much pick whatever we like, as long as it's reasonably priced 😊👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! 3y
MrBook @AndreaReads @Oblomov26 This is such a confusing episode in history, I want to get some clarity on the whole thing. And I hear Jones is a much revered scholar. I'll let you know 😊👍🏻! 3y
jpmcwisemorgan Thanks! It sounds interesting. 3y
readinginthedark @MrBook That's a bonus, at least! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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I'm back from my litsy break! Happy new year 🎊 I read 67 books in 2016, and here's the first one of 2017!

MrBook Want to read this one eagerly! 3y
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Redwritinghood
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Pickpick

Between pick and so-so. This book is divided into four sections in the development of the modern book- writing, writing surfaces, printing and binding. Because of this structure, there is a lot of jumping back and forth in time, but the development of the book is probably not a straight line anyway. One thing I particularly liked was more in-depth information on the Chinese inventions that greatly influenced the modern book.

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