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City of Dreaming Books
City of Dreaming Books | Walter Moers
The search for the author s identity takes Yarnspinner to Bookholm the so-called City of Dreaming Books. On entering its streets, our hero feels as if he has opened the door of a gigantic second-hand bookshop. His nostrils are assailed by clouds of book dust, the stimulating scent of ancient leather, and the tang of printer s ink. Soon, though, Yarnspinner falls into the clutches of the city's evil genius, Pfistomel Smyke, who treacherously maroons him in the labyrinthine catacombs underneath the city, where reading books can be genuinely dangerous. In The City of Dreaming Books, Walter Moers transports us to a magical world where reading is a remarkable adventure. Only those intrepid souls who are prepared to join Yarnspinner on his perilous journey should read this book. We wish the rest of you a long, safe, unutterably dull and boring life!"
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MeganAnn
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#currentlyreading this imaginative #LGPOG pick. I haven‘t had much reading time lately so it‘s slow going, but quite good.

I love the illustrations, all the bookish references, the whimsical characters. Hoping to get a little more reading in tonight and tomorrow so I can finish it.

Bookworm83 I‘m so glad you are enjoying it! ❤️ 2mo
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Squidapus
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This was...y'know, alright. The language and prose were fantastical and whimsical and fun to read...but the actual narrative could've been 100 pages and with a main character who didn't just watch everyone else do everything. Squidapus is not a fan of writing a narrative tale where 80% of your focus is world-building history and lists like it's a Fantasy Wikipedia article. In the end he still liked the book but he often waited for plot to show up

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Squidapus
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Some pretty good advice in here

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JSW
City of Dreaming Books | Walter Moers
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A booklover‘s dream. Powell‘s Books on Christmas!!

LauraBeth 🙀 12mo
BookishMarginalia Enjoy! 12mo
readordierachel 😍😍 12mo
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LittleBug
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Moers‘ language is rich and imaginative, sometimes with an almost formal feel to it, but simultaneously playful, almost whimsical.
Although many people may read this as an amazing, fantastical story, to me it was about the adventure that‘s reading. About the dangers and pitfalls, joys and surprises, excitement and anticipation.
Either way, an absolute joy to read!
@Tahoe Thanks for the recommendation!!😘
(Image from robots-and-dragons.de)

SilversReviews Love this photo. 13mo
LittleBug @SilversReviews the book is full of drawings like this😊 absolutely adorable ☺️ 13mo
SilversReviews @LittleBug Thanks for sharing. 13mo
Nute Fabulous review! I wanted to read this book at one time and then I thought it wasn‘t for me, but now I‘m reconsidering because of this review. Thanks for sharing! 13mo
LittleBug @Nute It‘s good fun! I read it in the original language though and I have no idea how good this translates... 13mo
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LittleBug
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Do you do this too? Whenever I‘m eating alone, I‘ll read a book while eating.😊 Two of my favourite activities combined😜

wanderinglynn Yep! A good book is the best way to enjoy a meal! 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
Tahoe Me too^^ 1y
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LittleBug
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Hot chocolate and a book, what more can I ask for🤩🤩🤩

Tahoe Yeeees! You're reading it! 1y
LittleBug @Tahoe yep yep!!😊 1y
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LittleBug
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#SisforSeptember Day 30: #Skinny

Well, I‘m not skinny and my books are never skinny, so here‘s my next, not #skinny read😜

RavenLovelyReads 😂😂😂 1y
Sarah83 I still have to read this one 🙄 1y
Tahoe Oh you should! Its fantastic! First it takes a little time to get going but then you can't take responsibility for your reading habits anymore. It's the authors fault xD 1y
LittleBug @Tahoe 😆😆😆 1y
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~ Dancelot Wordwright

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aimelou26
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Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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BarbaraJean
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Mini #bookhaul from this weekend‘s fire sale at my favorite local used book store. I was good... I put three back! But these three came home with me. And they‘re basically all #blameitonlitsy picks. 😊📚

PickwickPlockPlock That english City of Dreaming Books edition looks so slim compared to the german one 😱 2y
BarbaraJean @PickwickPlockPlock I‘m so curious what the German edition looks like! This one is a large format paperback, and about 450 pages, so it‘s deceptively slim! 2y
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PickwickPlockPlock
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I bought this #fantasy book purely for its cover, but I didn't regret it. The title means The City of Dreaming Books. That little guy is a Buchling (bookling). Walter Moers' Zamonia books are full of strange creatures.

#litsyclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

GatheringBooks i 💙 zamonia! i think i read all of walter moers‘ novels translated in english. 🧚🏼‍♀️📚😍 2y
swynn Another Zamonia fan here! 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @GatheringBooks @swynn Zamonia is special 😃. It must have been a real challenge to translate into English. 2y
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Centique A Buchling sounds pretty cool! I will look for a translation of this 😍 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Centique I've got to warn you, though, his books are really strange 😄 2y
Centique @PickwickPlockPlock that‘s ok - I like a bit of strange! 2y
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Owlizabeth
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A huge thank you to @Bookworm83 and @LitsyGoesPostalOG for bringing this book into my life!! It was a slow burn for me, but once I got into the story it was a rollicking good time!! Lots of bookish fun, and some great notes and coloring from my fellow #LGPOG members!! I‘m loving this endeavor, friends!! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Bookworm83 Yay!! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it ❤️ I can‘t wait to see all the coloring 😍 2y
yourfavouritemixtape Oh I loved this so much! 2y
Eyelit Loved that one! And it was a slow burn for me too 😄 (edited) 2y
Bookishthoughts Ive been waiting to read this one!💜 I read Rumor frist by mistake😊 which was very confusing but i meet going👏 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 2: The Zamonia series is the quintessential #BooksAboutBooks - the German author, Walter Moers, is endlessly entertaining. He is so unbelievably talented that he even illustrates his own tomes. I read all of the five books here - practically all his novels translated in English. If you haven‘t read any of his books yet, and you are a certifiable bibliophile, you need to find him stat!

TorieStorieS These books are great!!! 😍😍😍 2y
Crystalblu I was halfway through City of Dreaming Books when somehow I lost it 😩 I must get a new copy! 2y
BookishMe I have yet to finish the first book... So whimsical! 2y
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SammyWeasley
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Eines der schönsten Bücher die ich gelesen habe. Nicht nur die Geschichte, sondern auch Walter Moers' Schreibstil sind einfach anders, aber auf eine gute Art und Weise. Es hat mich von Anfang an gefesselt und unterhalten. Ich kann das Buch jedem empfehlen, der gerne Bücher der Phantastik liest.

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Owlizabeth
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Just got my latest #LGPOG book and I‘ve never even heard of this one. @Bookworm83 I can‘t wait to dive in, it sounds right in my wheelhouse!!

Bookworm83 I hope you like it! It‘s bookish fun 😃 2y
Chelleo Love that cover! 😍 2y
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Heywhatsup
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Let's be honest, dear readers: I lay down at full length.

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Heywhatsup
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It is certainly the most brilliant sentence any writer has ever devised. It runs: 'This is where my story begins.'

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Cupofjo
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I am hating how busy reality can be, and how it‘s interfering with my reading... it is taking me a lot longer to get through this wonderful book, and every time I have to put it down I get sad

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Cupofjo
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This book has had a slow grip on me since I started, slowly drawing me in... until today; the grip tightened and I officially want to put life on hold and read until I‘m finished... (And I‘m not even half way through yet)

Bookworm83 This makes my whole day! I‘m so glad you are enjoying it! 😊 2y
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Cupofjo
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I love Saturday mornings. Wishing I could do this all day!

RealLifeReading Nice title! 2y
Lola I really liked this one. Enjoy! 2y
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Cupofjo
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Starting this one tonight @Bookworm83 you have great handwriting! #catsoflitsy #smores

Bookworm83 Why thank you! I hope you enjoy the book 💕 2y
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 2y
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LukkiAnn
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✅book about books
✅with pictures
✅adventures
✅mystery
✅ page-turner
✅ cute creatures
❗️for adults ❗️
And your Litsy fellow allowed you to color it❤️
How else to describe this OMG book I do not know🙀
I have swollen 500 pages in 5 days 🤤

Bookworm83 Oooh!!! Coloring the book...what an excellent idea!! I can‘t wait to get this back and see it everyone‘s additions ❤️ I‘m so glad you liked it! (edited) 2y
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Eyelit
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So far, #harvey has just meant reading and cat napping for me and the adorkable duo... but my heart is going out to my fellow Texans more adversely affected by the storm. Stay safe and take care, y'all.

#catsoflitsy #caturday

MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻😻 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks They could be twins to my Kitcat! 😻😻 2y
Sace This is like an Escher print. 😊 2y
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JazzFeathers 😍😻😻😻 2y
Liatrek I have that Tardis blanket😊Kitty comfort in space. 2y
maich So sweet😻😻😻 2y
Bette Lovely kits...stay safe and dry. 🐱💙🐱💙 2y
Jinjer Look at them!!!! 2y
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Usagi
City of Dreaming Books | Walter Moers
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Rare book room at Powells!!!! \(^o^)/

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Eyelit
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I'm planning to seriously make an effort to get back on track on all the reading challenges I committed myself to at the beginning of the year. These 5 will be a start. 😁 #julymostanticipated #jubilantjuly

Jess_Read_This ❤️Persephone Books❤️😍 2y
Jinjer 🏆🏆🏆 2y
diovival I am so pumped you plan to read the tagged book this month! 🙌 2y
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Beachesnbooks The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is soooo good! One of my favorites. Hope you enjoy! 2y
RealBooks4ever Nice stack! 💜 2y
Eyelit @diovival I'm excited too! It's the book @liberty recommended to me when she did that recommendation spree. I finally have the opportunity to read it 😄 2y
Eyelit @Beachesnbooks I've heard so many good things about long way... I'm def looking forward to it! 2y
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little.key
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Zu Anfang sei gesagt das Buch kann nicht mit "die 13 1/2 Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär" mithalten.
Aber es trotzdem auf jeden Lesenwert !
Ich habe die Charakteren genauso schnell ins Herz geschlossen wie bei jedem anderen Moers Werk und obwohl es eine Passage im Buch gab, die ich doch recht langweilig fand, hat das Ende wieder alles wettgemacht.

Rund um eben ein "Moers'chen"
AUF JEDEN FALL LESEN !

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sprainedbrain
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I'm reading, and kitten can't even.

Melissa_J Soooo cute!! 3y
Cspen113 Such a cutie!! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 What a baby! Sweet!😘 3y
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bitterbear 💖💖💖💖💖💖 x 100000... How cute!!! 3y
SharonGoforth 😻😻 3y
MysticRaven03 😻😻😻😻 3y
shanebeth 😹💕 3y
Captivatedbybooks Sooooo freaking cuteee 😻😻😻😻 3y
rubyslippersreads City of dreaming kitty! 😸😻 3y
christineandbooks Awww!!! Such a sweetie! 3y
TNbookworm 😻😽 3y
Zelma Eeee, such cuteness! 😻 3y
minkyb Too cute! 3y
bookwrm526 I can't with the cute, it's blinding!!! 3y
Crystalblu I got halfway through this one and then lost it!!! I really need to finish it!!! 3y
LauraBrook Omg, smooch that lil punkin!!!😽😽😽😽😽😽 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Too adorable for words! 3y
[DELETED] 206653737 Awwww so cute!! 😻 3y
Redwritinghood 💕💕😻 3y
Cinsai 😽😽😽 3y
JessClark78 🐱❤️ 3y
EvieBee Awww! 💋 3y
RealBooks4ever Tooo cuuute! Dying of cuteness! *ded* 😵 3y
LaraReads Oh. My. Goodness. I'm in love! 😻😻😻 3y
UwannaPublishme How sweet! 😻 3y
SheReadsAndWrites OMG. The cute is too much 😻 3y
JazzFeathers 😂😂😂😻😻😻 3y
Melli Too cute 3y
Lmstraubie That is adorable!!! 3y
Bookartbookmarks 😻😻😼😼😼 3y
MyNamesParadise Cute kitty! Want to rub that belly!! 3y
Gissy So cute! That pose! 😻 3y
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Lola
City of Dreaming Books | Walter Moers
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"But what was the point?....I nearly went mad, I didn't understand any of it, and I've as good as forgotten it all again." "It's always the same with demanding literature." Been here, felt this. ?#booknerdprobs

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SharonGoforth
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Ever have books throw themselves at you from the shelves in the bookstore? This one jumped right out at me today! I've never heard of it, but it sure looks like fun! And from what I've seen, the illustrations are great.

mcipher Sounds interesting. 3y
rabbitprincess I love that cover! 3y
JenFowler That cover! 😍 3y
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LauraBrook I've wanted to read this one for years - super curious what you think about it! And I LOVE when books jump out at you like that. So awesome! 🤘🏼 3y
Amandajoy I love this book! 3y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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I've had this book on my shelf for 6 years and still haven't got around to reading it!

DiruVamp It is very good. An enjoyable and different read! (edited) 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I have two other Moers books on my shelves that I haven't gotten to yet. 3y
readinginthedark Can't believe I've never heard of this! 3y
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MicheleinPhilly I like how it came out 9 years ago and the Litsy description says, "More information about this forthcoming title soon." ⌚️⌚️⌚️⌚️⌚️⌚️⌚️ (edited) 3y
ScorpioBookDreams @MicheleinPhilly maybe in a few years we'll get a synopsis!! 😂😂 3y
Sue I read this recently thanks to my #litsygoespostal group. The style was a bit of a struggle initially but it was fun once I got into it! 3y
Eyelit Same, tbh. I've resolved to read it before the end of this year. 🙂 3y
ScorpioBookDreams @Eyelit I definitely want to read it sometime in the next few months as I feel so guilty that I still haven't read it yet! 3y
diovival I loved this book! 3y
mjdowens This one sounds fun 3y
ScorpioBookDreams @DiruVamp @Sue @diovival you've encouraged me to move it up my TBR. Will add it to my April pile. Thanks! 3y
Crystalblu I got halfway through it and lost it!!! Guess it's time to get another copy. 3y
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diovival
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#marchintoreading Day6: #happyreads
This a lovely book. An awesome book about books. This is an awesome lovely book about books.
@RealLifeReading

saresmoore Mmm, sounds good to me! 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I actually own two Moers books (Captain Bluebear and... the.... something Apprentice... with a cat on the cover) but I haven't read them! My brother, as he often does, borrowed them and who knows when I will see them again. 3y
diovival @saresmoore And it has illustrations. 😍 3y
diovival @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Man, I have loaned a few of my books out to friends.....never to be seen again. They exist only in my memories now. 😧 3y
diovival I really need to read his other Zamonia books. 3y
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"Yes, I speak of a place where reading can drive people insane. Where books may injure and poison them - indeed, even kill them. Only those who are thoroughly prepared to take such risks in order to read this book...should accompany me to the next paragraph. The remainder I congratulate on their wise but yellow-bellied decision to stay behind. Farewell, you cowards! I wish you a long and boring life, and, on that note, bid you goodbye!"

Tsubame There were some really good parts in the book, but mostly I remember that it kept dragging on for what felt like forever 😆 3y
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LitHousewife
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I finished two books today. I'm celebrating by starting a new book before lights out. This one seems like a lot of fun.

rubyslippersreads Isn't this an author that @Sarah83 recommended? (My TBR list grows ever larger. 😄) 3y
Bookworm83 Yay!! 😍😍 3y
PatriciaU Did you like this one? 3y
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads Yes it is him. 😉 3y
DiruVamp Such a fun book! 3y
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Sharpeipup
City of Dreaming Books | Walter Moers
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I know, I know, I am behind. February always seems to sneak up on me. My husband has declared mount #tbr unsafe due to its height so it's now residing in a chair. #feistyfeb

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Readinginprogress
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I can't even find the words to say how much I loved this book. I laughed so hard. I was scared for the narrator and was sad with him. It was a great read!

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Readinginprogress
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I am in love with this book. I am only half way, but loving every minute.

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Usagi
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The City of Books, I almost weep everytime I see this sign! I love this bookstore and never tire of it. ╮(╯▽╰)╭

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DiruVamp
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I just love books about books. And when the protagonists name is Optimus Yarnspinner how can you possibly go wrong? What a delightful read full of fantasy, mystery and horror. I was so glad to learn this was part of a series. Though I did notice each book in the series features new characters but I'm hooked!

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YarnspinnerBookling47
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One of my favourite books! Wonderfully absurd, adventurous, funny and emotional.

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B.Reader
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I have an excess of #bookswithpictures for today's #seasonsreadings2016

Books about books are just too fun!! 💕💕📚💕💕

398.2 That's fun! 3y
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Amandajoy
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A few of my books set in bookshops, I know I missed a few but these are great! #seasonsreadings2016

TheLondonBookworm Nice stack! 😺😺😺 3y
christineandbooks So many great books there and a few I need to check out... 3y
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TaraReads
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TaraReads
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This is one of those books you can get lost in- just forward my mail to Bookholm.

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bookishbitch
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I read this some time ago but had to share as my first post on Litsy. This book may seem like something more YA but I assure you that it is very suitable for grownups that are obsessed with books. It is set in a city where everything revolves around the love of literature and physical books. Ok so the main character is a 300 year old dinosaur. Trust me you won't mind. The writing is superb. This book is a must read for any serious bibliophile.

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Mariliel
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Why choose one bookstore when I could have a whole state of them? Got this wonderful poster of independent bookstores in Minnesota last year - thinking there's a road trip to hit them all somewhere in my future! #getindie

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AlwaysBeReading
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I am immensely proud to live in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, which has the worlds largest independent bookstore @Powells which offers a map for visitors because you will get lost for hours exploring other worlds! Try to walk out empty-handed! Lol #getindie

jpmcwisemorgan Powell's is awesome! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Powell's is indeed amazing!! I miss it and we left Portland 20 years ago! 3y
LisaJo This is on my bucket list. Is that too geeky??? #bookgeek 3y
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AlwaysBeReading @LisaJo it's not geeky at all! It's my #1 recommendation for people visiting PDX 3y
Hooked_on_books I love Powell's. You know I have seen people leaving there buying only one book!?! Wha? Why/how would one do that? I always have a full basket. And then I go home and order more from the website. 😬 3y
moranadatter @LisaJo Mine too! 3y
ValerieAndBooks Visited Powell's 5 yrs ago and loved it! I bought one of their glasses too 😊 3y
DebinHawaii Part of my heart still lives in Portland and part of that part is filled with Powell's. I make it a point to visit whenever I return (and leave room in my suitcase or send a box) and I frequently shop online there. It's the best! 📚❤️👍😀 3y
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Bookish quote From The City of Dreaming Books: "...the Dreaming Books. That was what this city called antiquarian books...With their existence proper behind them and the prospect of decay ahead, millions upon millions of them slumbered in the bookcases...Only when one of them was picked up and opened by an eager hand...could it awaken to new life. And that was all these books dreamed of." #24in48 #readathon

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Bookworm83
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Keith Urban narrating one of my favorite books would be divine. #24in48

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shawnmooney
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I want to live in that city, not any city or country filled with hatred and terror.

rabbitprincess Great cover! 3y
Kathrin I love love love his books... 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com I want to read this just based on the cover alone. 3y
Macnjen Ditto!!!! 3y
LiteraryLona I loved this!!! I bought a few more of his books afterwards, it's a gem!! 3y
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