Insta Books

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In the last year Instagram has become all the more popular and I find myself using the application on a daily basis.

I have enjoyed finding others who share the same interests and I have managed to find a few users who dedicate their pages to books. Click on the links provided if you want to start following these pages on intstagram.

 

Chapters/Indigo.

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I love seeing their layouts of books, home decor, and art. I find travelling the store though pictures is a good way to save money, instead of travelling through the actual store, in person or online.

Penguin Books

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Hardie Grant Books because sometimes an international look at books provides new insights.

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Random House Canada 

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And more personal pages highly worth following:

The Bookworm Club

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It Begins with an Idea

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These pages both take a focus on children, children’s books, and wonderful resources. One of the things I look forward to most about having children is being able to read to them and share books with them. I am always seeing new and old books on both of these pages that I either already have in my collection or want to add.

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My Library

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Better late than never to resume a lost project.

 

How accurate is this library imagined by illustrator Tom Gauld?

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My bookshelves continually hold books in each of these categories.

I usually have less read books than anything else as I have to make room for new additions.

Looking at my book shelf now:

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Read: Hmmm… I can’t see any

Intending to read: Pretty much each book on the shelf

Half Read: The Other Life – Susanne Winacker
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
One Day – David Nicholls

Pretend I’ve Read: I may or may not count a few books in my collection as read but truthfully these are books I got more than halfway through and just gave up on. They get removed from the shelf along with the truthfully read books.

Saving for When I Have More Time: Far From the Tree – Andrew Solomon
Sapiens – A Brief History of Human Kind – Yuval Noah Harari

Will Never Read: Hard to admit but if I had to say….
Gone Girl  – Gillian Flynn (Already saw the movie)

Purely For Show: This one is too funny….
The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
The three in the bottom right corner by  Alice Morton

Read But Can’t Remember a Single Thing About and Wish I Hadn’t Read probably deserve their own blog post. But since there aren’t any read books on the shelf right now that will have to wait for another time.

 

This was a fun reflection. I know that when the day comes when I can display my book collection in its entirety I will have multiple books in each of these categories. If one thing is true through, I know that there will always be more books in the Intending to Read category, compared to the amount of books I can add to the Read category.

 

Dublin, Ireland

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Last week I was lucky to spend 72 hours in Dublin, Ireland.
This was my first time travelling here, but I knew what I wanted to find.
After some light research I found the sights that I wanted to see.

These were the:

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My first stop was Dublin Castle, which is home for the Chester Beatty Library.
The library was established in 1950 to hold the collections of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.
This library contains many historical artifacts, from manuscripts, prints, rare books and more.

 

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The article from this library that stuck with me the most I found in the temporary exhibit, “Chester Beatty’s A-Z from Amulet to Zodiac”. Under P, for Papyrus.

Follow this link to see the artifact I was looking at: http://www.cbl.ie/cbl_image_gallery/exhibition/detail.aspx?imageId=1497&ImageNumber=T0005909&exhibitionId=19&page=1

This article stuck with me because I could physically see the age of this papyrus. All I could think about was that there was someone who was actually responsible for writing this. Someone took this sheet of papyrus, and wrote out each character, somewhere in time and history.

 

My next stop was Trinity College University campus, to see the library there.

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After the exhibits at the Chester Beatty Library, I was excited to see the books and book shelves in the long room of Trinity College Library.

This library holds 200,000 books, most of which required a second level expansion of the library for accommodation.

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The library was so quiet, and felt just like a library should. It smelt like a library, and you could feel the history and how old the building and the books were. Before entering the long room there is a small area where two workers were cleaning and preserving books. It must be a tedious job.

In this library I tried to picture people actually coming in to use the library, people using the ladders to reach the top shelves, taking a book down and reading it. I was imagining the number of hands each book must have touched, and the amount of knowledge people acquired from these books.
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A Year of Reading

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This year was a busy year, and unfortunately it reflects in my total number of books read for 2014.
In 2014 I was able to read 47 books.

3 of my favourite books that I read this year are:
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella
Love Anthony – Lisa Genova

In 2015 I am setting a goal to read more and to reach 60 books.

3 of the books I can’t wait to read this year are:
The Power of Why – Amanda Lang
Sutton – J R Moehringer
Freakonomics – Steven B Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

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Christmas Wish List

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For a book lover a Christmas list is usually composed of just that, books. I would happily receive all books for Christmas.

Here are the books I have listed on my Christmas wish list:

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What We See When We Read – Peter Mendelsund

Between the Lines– Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Creativity Inc. – Ed Catmull

My Age of Anxiety – Scott Stossel

After the End – Amy Plum

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow – Rita Leganski

Inside – Alix Ohlin

She Reads

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Apparently I’ve been on a she reading spree.
Buying books about women, written for women, by women.

These are the books I’ve picked up recently:

I also considered buying this book too:

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I decided to check it out from the library before buying it because I’m not sure if it would apply to someone (me) with a long term boyfriend? Any thoughts?
I want to believe it relates to me because I have a man that loves me, and I tend to be closer to the bitch side of the bunny-bitch scale. I can definietly hold my own in my relationship, and in life too!

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I think these books will be a nice vacation from reading typical books to reading girly books.

Buying Books

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I’ve recently purchsed some great new books that I can’t wait to read.

Here are the books I’ve just added to my TBR pile:

Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult

The Opposite of Loneliness -Marina Keegan

The Ragged Edge of the World – Eugene Linden

The Invention of Murder – Judith Flanders