The act of reading ... begins on a flat surface, counter or page, and then gets stirred and chopped and blended until what we make, in the end, is a dish, or story, all our own.
— Adam Gopnik

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February 17, 2011

Places to read in

Good morning, and thanks for coming by. Isn't it terrible when moods or circumstances (both, I think) affect the pleasure we can take in books? I hate that.  I've been going through a little spell of book-crankiness, where through no fault of their own books that I've been looking forward to reading haven't been working for me. {Except for Miss Welty, and I've set her aside for only a week or so because library books were stacking up.} This never lasts long. I did like Separate Beds (Elizabeth Buchan's newest novel) very much, though I haven't had a chance to write about it. (Along with well-drawn characters, an unromantic love story that eventually is, and thoughtful language, it has an Aga, tea-rose curtains, and a lot of other domestic details.)

So, for once, it will almost as much fun to return books to the library today as to take them out. This is one of those going back, and after looking through it once more, it was nice to think that I would rather live in my rooms in the city than in any of these. I did like the quiet, exotic elegance of this corner (in a Paris apartment):

and the way books are the focus of this very comfortable room in New York:

{The second picture down is on the cover of the book, and it's what made me want to bring it home.} I love those half-height bookshelves used as a room divider, the ottoman/coffee table, and the idea of surrounding the dining room table with books.

{images from Rooms to Inspire in the City, by Annie Kelly}

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1 comment:

Cristina (Rochester Reader) said...

The first photo is so welcoming with all that natural light flowing in. I too like the half bookcase divider - it works really well in that room. Inspiration indeed!
I totally understand about mood dictating whether you enjoy a book or not. Conversely, quite often picking up the 'right' book helps to improve my mood.
By the way, I am holding a book giveaway over on my blog if you'd like to take a peek :-)

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