h-enrywinter:

The best of The Secret History on twitter (x)


"I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible."
— Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (via wordsnquotes)

bookmania:

Boulder Book Store, Pearl St, Boulder, CO, United States (Photo by krissychick999)

bookmania:

Boulder Book Store, Pearl St, Boulder, CO, United States (Photo by krissychick999)


bookmania:

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (Photo by LuciaB)

bookmania:

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (Photo by LuciaB)


"Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential."

"Not every child takes instantly to books like a duck to water, but I don’t believe there are children who hate books. There are just children who haven’t yet found the right books for them."
— Amanda Craig, If your child won’t read, find another book, The Telegraph (via prettybooks)

"To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream."
— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (via englishmajorinrepair)

"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."

volatilereign:

via atlasobscura:

Book Towns: Where Reading is the Reason to Live

Some small towns in the rural reaches that lost their former industries have reimagined themselves as "book towns." By filling empty storefronts with used and antiquarian bookshops, and hosting literary festivals, the goal is to attract new visitors in the form of bibliophiles. 

The book towns are officially united through the International Organisation of Book Towns. The movement started in 1961 with Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye in Wales, and now includes towns across Europe and in Malaysia, Korea, and Australia. However, the drive for a sustainable tourism development program in these rural areas has hit some hurdles in recent years with the consolidation of the used book trade online and rise of the e-book. As Adrian Turpin, director of the literary festival in Wigtown, Scotland’s book town, told the BBC in 2012:

"There was a time when second-hand book sellers in book towns were first of all selling books and secondly selling the experience of browsing. Now it is almost the other way around."

Despite these recent changes in the literary landscape, the book towns thrive on.

For five of our favorites, keep reading on Atlas Obscura… 

I never get tired of reblogging this & I’m not sorry. This is awesome.


get to know me meme » [5/6] artists: claude monet



Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman


1690s book with filigree silver binding - National Library of Sweden

This binding is an exquisite example of Danish filigree technique
from the 1690s.It belongs to the National Library’s Huseby
Collection and was once owned by Karren Mogensdotter Skoug.
Her name and the year 1692 are engraved on the inside of the clasps. -(x)



Sappho, fragment 26, If not, Winter
trans. Anne Carson

Sappho, fragment 26, If not, Winter

trans. Anne Carson



fragment, sappho (if not, winter: fragments of sappho, trans. anne carson)

fragment, sappho (if not, winter: fragments of sappho, trans. anne carson)