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For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library | Elizabeth Lane, Thatcher Wine
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A celebration of the meaning and comfort printed books bring to our homes and lives, from the curation and design experts at Juniper Books. Explore the significance of the home library, embellished with alluring photography and illustrations, in a keepsake worthy of any bibliophile's collection. For the Love of Books shares the vision of Juniper Books, a business that embraces the roles that books fulfill in our lives and their staying power. It recounts the history of books and private libraries, and champions the resilience of books in the digital era. Dive into the nuances that define books for reading, books for decoration, and books for inspiration. Instructive chapters provide useful details for creating and curating one's own home library, whether it be a single shelf or multiple rooms each with their own collection. You will never look at your bookshelves the same way again. For the Love of Books is about storytelling beyond the pages of our favorite books. Our books--the ones we choose to keep--tell the story of who we are. They remind us who we once were and who we aspire to be. Thatcher Wine founded Juniper Books in 2001. The company creates custom libraries and has perfected the art of turning books inside out to allow for books to tell stories not just to us, but about us. Working with booklovers, homeowners, and designers, Juniper Books has provided the world with a fresh new approach to the printed book. Thatcher grew up in New York City where his parents owned and operated The Quilted Giraffe, one of the most innovative restaurants in America. Thatcher graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and art history and lives in Boulder, Colorado. Elizabeth Lane is the founder of Quarterlane, a quarterly subscription book service which merged with Juniper Books in 2018. She is also the book buyer for her local independent bookstore, Partners Village Store and Kitchen in Westport, Massachusetts. Prior to working in books, Elizabeth worked in contemporary visual art--in galleries, nonprofit initiatives and museums in New York, Austin, and Chicago. Elizabeth graduated from Davidson College with a degree in art history and received her masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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So excited about my February #bookspin #bookspinbingo list. ❤️📚

ElizaMarie I love how you broke this up :) 2mo
SheReadsAndWrites Thanks! @ElizaMarie I have to to keep my brain organized 😂 2mo
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Courtesy of The New Yorker 😀

CarolynM I don‘t think I‘ll take up the retirement plan - the books would get wet!🤣 4mo
Leftcoastzen 😂 4mo
Lizpixie 🤣🤣🤣 Totally me🙋🏻‍♀️ 4mo
batsy 😆 4mo
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Library Haul 📚😃💛

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After a 2 month Bookspin hiatus, I‘m looking forward to reading again!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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After helping mum with her Great Library Clean for over 10 days I finally spent a whole day at home re organising and fitting in all the new books she has given me plus all of Jaxons books
#shelfie #shelfielove @Lizpixie

Lizpixie And I appreciate it so much sweetie! Can I pay in books for your help with the rest of the house?😁 1y
Ciara_Rosey @Lizpixie I‘ll take it 😂 1y
Lizpixie 👍😊👍 1y
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The age old question. I‘m a physical book guy.

rubyslippersreads I‘m both! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Book for sure! 2y
Lesanne Ebooks for travel, physical books all other times. 2y
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A celebration of the meaning and comfort printed books bring to our homes and lives. For the Love of Books is about storytelling beyond the pages of our favorite books.

The ones we choose to keep ― tell the story of who we are. They remind us who we once were and who we aspire to be. Explore the significance of the home library, embellished with alluring photography and illustrations, in a keepsake worthy of any bibliophile‘s collection.

maich Beautiful😍 2y
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TBR for February 2021
Thank you for your recommendations! 😀💋💝📚
@Vansa @Chrissyreadit @Scochrane26 @j9brown @Ladygodiva7 @Jbakesmcgee3

TheSpineView You have some great books on that list. 2y
Vansa I hope you like Walking with Ghosts!! 2y
j9brown Looks like a great list! 😄 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3 Great list!! 2y
JulietReads @Vansa Wow! The book was wonderful. Gabriel is a poet and a gifted writer. He's a bit melancholic, but he seems absolutely honest and real with himself and his audience. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE RECOMMENDATION! 🙂👍 2y
Vansa I'm so glad you liked it!Very true,his writing is very lyrical.I love the way he alternates childhood memories with his Hollywood life.I found him quite melancholic at times,true.I liked the absolute frankness as well,makes it very real and better than a regular celebrity memoir 2y
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I would love your help!
I'm looking to subscribe to a new book subscription box. I am currently a subscriber to Book of the Month.

My favorite genres are fantasy, romance, and historical fiction. I would love a box that focuses on one or a couple of those.

I appreciate your suggestions! ❤️

Chrissyreadit I liked owlcrate. My mom liked Once Upon A Book (I gave her a year for bday ) but right now I only get BOTM. I‘m interested in lit joy Crate based on @wanderinglynn recommending it and may try it out in the Spring. 2y
wanderinglynn I second OwlCrate. Always happy with that box. YA, mostly fantasy and they have some good diversity. I have mostly enjoyed LitJoyCrate, but if I had to pick between the two, I‘d go with OwlCrate first. LitJoyCrate does have a whole community thing going on, which some really like. I can give you more specifics on the books I‘ve gotten through both if you‘d like. 2y
Catsandbooks @Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn Thanks so much for the info! I've heard of owlcrate, but haven't really looked into it too much. I'll look into all you've suggested! I'm also looking at Fairy Loot and Illumicrate. If you know anyone or any info about those. 2y
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Catsandbooks @wanderinglynn what have been some of your favorite books and items through owlcrate? 2y
bookishdawg I‘m trying a new one from The Bookshelf, an indie in Thomasville, Georgia. They have three staffers creating boxes each month based on their own interests... the owner also hosts a bookish podcast too. 👍🏻 2y
Catsandbooks @bookishdawg Ooo thanks! I'll check that out! How long have you been subscribing? (edited) 2y
Chrissyreadit @bookishdawg that sounds intriguing! 2y
bookishdawg January will be my first box 😊 2y
Catsandbooks @bookishdawg Let me know how it goes! 2y
wanderinglynn Books I‘ve gotten I‘ve read & enjoyed include The Kingdom of Back& Incendiary. Ones I got that were on my TBR before I got the OwlCrate (but I haven‘t yet read): Legendborn, Among The Beast & Briars, Goddess in the Machine, & Star Daughter. And the books all have a special OwlCrate cover and are signed. (edited) 2y
wanderinglynn Items I liked: flower press, small wireless speaker, super soft fleece throw with Poe‘s The Raven, cool bookmarks, a lovely booksleeve, a 3-spoon set, a reading planner with stickers, and of course, the monthly pin. I can take some photos of the items & books when I get home this evening if you‘d like. 2y
wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit @catsandbooks OwlCrate is changing their rewards program. So right now, I have this promo code to save 10% on your first box: WELCOME10 2y
Catsandbooks @wanderinglynn oh some of those books are on my tbr so that's good to hear! I've been looking at some past boxes and the items seem nice! I'd love to see some of the pins if you don't mind 😊Thank you so much! 2y
Catsandbooks @wanderinglynn oh awesome! I probably won't be getting a box til February though- for my birthday. 2y
wanderinglynn I just got my December OwlCrate box (I get mine late because I‘m on a military base in Japan). I‘ll tag you on the post with a photo of the goodies. I‘ll mark the post as a spoiler just in case. 2y
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Personal book curators...it‘s a thing!

“Home libraries are a reflection of where you‘ve been and where you want to go.” A celebrity bibliophile shares tips on collecting and displaying books according to your space and what makes you happy. Lots of photos.


wanderinglynn Why did I not think to become a personal book curator for a career? #missedopportunity 3y
SW-T @wanderinglynn I had the same thought! 😂 Somehow it didn‘t come up during career day at school. 🤔 3y
Centique @SW-T I watched a documentary recently where they consulted a food historian and I had the same feeling. “Hang on, nobody told me THAT was an option!” Food and history are my two favourite things. (After books of course!) 3y
SW-T @Centique Food historian would be pretty cool! Career days could‘ve been so much more interesting if options like that were presented. 3y
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First thing I do is check out someone's book shelf.

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“Beijing has initiated a range of measures to help keep bookstores afloat, including subsidizing their rent, rewarding stores that stay open during the epidemic and encouraging bookstores to expand their sales channels online.”


LibrarianRyan That is cool. 3y
Suet624 I can‘t even imagine the U.S. thinking about doing this. What a wonderful idea. 3y
Freespirit That‘s smart thinking 3y
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RealLifeReading @Freespirit wish more countries would think of the bookstores! 3y
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Pic from belcastroagency.com

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#WinterGames Team #ReadNosedReindeer #Holidaylaughs. Well if that‘s not an understanding husband, I don‘t know what is!

TheSpineView 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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Thinking of caving in & getting one of those book carts. Anyone have a link to one they love? 💕

EDIT: I snagged one from Michael‘s. Thanks, all! 🙏🏻

photo 📸: christine manzari

AmberWB Michaels has a ton of colors and there is always some sort of coupon floating around. 😊 3y
monalyisha @AmberWB I was just noticing that! I‘m seriously contemplating going to snag one today. ‘Tis the season, right? 🎁 3y
dariazeoli I have one from Target for my books, but I bought one from Michael‘s for planner supplies. Either one would be super. 3y
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alisiakae I have the IKEA one and love it! 3y
Soubhiville The shelves in the background are freaking amazing! So pretty! 3y
Sace I've been contemplating a similar purchase. 3y
julesG Mine's from IKEA and I'm super happy with it. But I've heard from US Littens that Target and Michaels have good ones too. 3y
ChaoticMissAdventures This looks just like mine that I got from IKEA. I love it, but I use mine as a drink cart 😀 3y
AMohamed How many books does these carts hold because I have hundreds of books 📚 3y
monalyisha @AMohamed Haha I have no idea. I‘ll let you know when I get it but I‘m thinking between 15-20. Something tells me that won‘t do it for you. 😅 I just want it to keep my library books separate. 3y
AMohamed That‘s a great idea!😊 3y
Karkar I have one from Target and one from IKEA. The Target one is sturdier but I love them both. 3y
Redwritinghood They have them at Michael‘s. 3y
OnlyYoo The one that the booktubers have I‘m pretty sure are from Michael‘s 3y
Amandajoy I have 3 from the Container Store in my pantry. May have to grab one for books now too. 3y
meganabbie94 ❤️💕 3y
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Fellow Littens, your eyes do not deceive you!

If the #weeklyforecast looks very similar to my book report, that's because it is ? I plan to continue reading (and hopefully finish some of!) the titles I was working on during the week.

"All the Ugly and Wonderful Things" will need to be finished by Friday for book club. The four remaining may need to share my attention span along with the titles I'll be sharing in my next post ?


Cinfhen I don‘t mind a revisit!!! Graphics are gorgeous and books all look good!!!!! 3y
Cinfhen Happy reading 3y
Librariana @Cinfhen - Thank you!! 😁😊💜📚 I think part of my problem is that I want to be reading ALL the books, all at the same time. I want to be like a squid and hold like 10 books at the same time! I'm a slow-paced reader and get easily distracted by shiny new books. 3y
Cinfhen I know that feeling!!! 3y
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? Made quite a bit of progress on both of my audiobooks. "Good Talk" by Mira Jacob has been phenomenal thus far and richly narrated by a full, diverse cast.

? All the Ugly (...) by Bryn Greenwood is a heavy read for book club, but one that I know will lead to plenty of intense discussion. The three remaining titles I am consuming slowly and in small doses, processing each accordingly to savor and enjoy.


Cinfhen Ohhh, I‘m looking forward to 3y
Cinfhen You feeling better??? 3y
Librariana @Cinfhen - Sweet Cindy, I am feeling much better ? Thank you so much for asking! ?? I'm happy to read that you're looking forward to "Good Talk"! I'm both listening to AND reading it to get the full effect of these characters and their conversations. Can't wait to hear what you think of it! 3y
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It's time for the #weeklyforecast before the clock strikes midnight and I turn into a pumpkin! 😊

I'm not entirely certain that I'll be able to get a WHOLE lot of reading done this week with the Thanksgiving holiday being right around the corner... that and Christmas decorating... but! A lady sure can try! 😁❤🎄📚


Cinfhen It‘s a good plan and like @TrishB says...plans can easily be altered. 🧡 3y
ChasingOm I love your graphic! 3y
Librariana @Cinfhen - Very true! Plans can indeed be altered... and I often do 😁 3y
Librariana @ChasingOm - Thank you so much! I just really love to play with the PicCollage app and modify things to my liking. I use their "Web Image" search feature A LOT! ? 3y
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This book was created by the owners of Juniper Books, who put out gorgeous but expensive dust jacket sets. I love books on books, so this was an easy pick for me. While it‘s not my style to cover all my books with a theme dust jacket, I think for books that don‘t have a cohesive look, like Stephen King, it can be nice. While they have quite a few shots of libraries with their covers, quite a few do not. I also like their attitude 👇

CoffeeCatsBooks that it is your library, do what you want while still providing ideas for consideration. Beautiful book! #NFNov #MrBook1inaMilliom #24B4Monday (edited) 3y
Clwojick 6pt 3y
MrBook I. Need. This!!! 😱 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks @mrbook Books like this are my weakness! 3y
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This has a lot of thoughtful ideas about organizing your books, but when I buy books like this, it is to see pretty personal libraries like this. ❤️

Most of this book has photos of individual shelves and but there are a few library shots.

#NFNov #24B4Monday #MrBook1inaMillion

Clwojick oooh lovely! 1pt. 3y
Mandoul 😲 i want it. Thanks! 3y
MrBook I neeeeeed!!! 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks @Mandoul @MrBook This was my favorite library shown with all the wood and the spiral staircase. 3y
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One nice thing about waking up at 2am and not being able to get back to sleep is you can start your #readathon !

This one made me laugh although I think it is close to their “to read one day” reason. Maybe one day I will be that person who will read all those Medieval 🏰 History books. 😂

#24B4Monday #MrBook1inaMilliom #NFNov

Clwojick 1pt 3y
MrBook 😂👏🏻🙌🏻 Ahhhh, you‘re the best! ☺️🤗🤗🤗 3y
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Saw the same image on Facebook... but the perfectionist Virgo in me felt compelled to recreate it with some adjustments 🤷‍♀️

This is all to say that I AM FAILING MISERABLY at the #unreadshelfproject 😣😫😭😔

Although I haven't bought any books recently, I should genuinely keep track of how many books I bring into my home, how many of those I read, and how quickly I do so (from date of purchase.)

The desire to add to the collection is REAL!

cariashley 😂 love this. 3y
Hooked_on_books This graphic is awesome! I feel your pain—I tried hard to read down my own books last year but didn‘t do so well at it. At least I‘ve learned to stop beating myself up about it and hopefully you can do the same. Like I‘ve always told my mom: it could be worse, I could be addicted to crack instead! 3y
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In case anyone wants a new career—celebrity bibliophile and book curator to the stars. 😂 (I actually find those giant faces shown in the article kind of scary.)


LeahBergen She “realized she needed 500 to 600 more books to fill her shelves”? I wouldn‘t need to hire anyone for that job. Let me online with a bottle of wine ... easy peasy. 😆😆 (edited) 4y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I know, right? 😂 4y
Mdargusch I agree @LeahBergen 👍🏼 I could fill those myself with no problem! 4y
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Lindy @LeahBergen I can see you getting the job done quickly and efficiently. 😁 4y
Lindy @rubyslippersreads Excellent pick! I would suggest something that encourages science-based decision-making… but I think her bookshelves are now full. 4y
LeahBergen @Lindy Yes, her science section was filled with one book 😉 (edited) 4y
ValerieAndBooks Crazy!! Like @LeahBergen said I would have no problem deciding on what books to buy — real problem for me would be a house big enough 😂 4y
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