Thursday, July 11, 2013

A literary shelter.....!


If you find yourself in the city, or Subiaco or as I was on this chilly winter day in Fremantle, what better way to spend a bit of time than search through the eclectic mix of old, new and rare books in Elizabeth's Bookshop. In a world where the bigger bookshops are folding as fast as Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile back in 1954, it's comforting to know that here in Perth and in many cities around the world smaller quirky bookshops like Elizabeth's remain open and thrive because of their ongoing ability to provide the discerning book reader with that certain something to titillate their imagination :) I enjoyed reading the 'staff recommendations' nice touch Nat! What are you reading right now, I'm zipping through 'Daughters-in-Law' by Joanna Trollope, light reading, not bad! Happy Thursday, take care.....

37 comments:

  1. I particularly like the small, quirky bookstores, too, they are so much more interesting and fun to visit. I have a tendency to go on reading binges to the point I can't even pick up a book for a while! That's kind of where I am now, but Fall will be here before you know it and I'll be headed back to the book stores! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

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  2. Love the title you gave this post, Grace.

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  3. I love bookstores like this one!!! We had a local bookstore recently build a bigger building and open its doors while the big box stores here are closing too! It helps that it's in an upper income area...where most of the residents are college grads and professionals...more likely to read a book!!!

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  4. Oh for a decent bookshop, preferably second hand!

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  5. Oh, Grace, sweet memories, I´ve been there in 2006 and also bought some books, some I took home.
    Nearby was a "tourist"-Shop where I bought a "wishing stone" which lies right here at my PC.
    Funny enough when being out of the crowd, having a closer look, I saw it´s a bit damaged. Well, many things damaged, that others don´t wanna have, land in my hands, very often, I´m used to that.
    Awww. Guess I´ll dream of Freo in about three hours :-)
    Good to know the store is still there, maybe we pay another visit. Very likely, the atmosphere was so... typical and nice. And "old".

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  6. The small bookstores are disappearing here too, Grace, especially the 2nd hand ones. Rents are so expensive and the on-line stores have really done a number on the little guys. Although people I know who had small stores are now selling their books on-line now. I still like to hold a book and look at it before I buy it - so old-fashioned.

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  7. Where would we be without bookshops to browse around. I always have to take a look. I am reading "Flight behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver now. One of my favorite writers.

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  8. Magnificent old library copies.
    I love old books.
    I'm not reading anything now.
    Start with the Lord of Bembibre.
    Hugs and kisses.

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  9. I love reading the staff recommendations. They have them in Salts Mill shop too.

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  10. Real bookshop where they've actually got something to say about the books they sell! Fantastic!
    Yes... the same wavelength! :-)

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  11. We're losing some of the independents up here... which is a shame. That's often where you find the gems.

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  12. Oh, that's right. Catcher In The Rye is for teenagers. We have a couple of these, too, but I confess I do almost all my reading with e-books these days.

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  13. Ah! Kindles doesn't quite compare to that wonderful smell of ink-on-paper Grace .... my bedside book at the moment is a biography on the life of that wonderful journalistic photographer Henri Bresson-Cartier who knew how to capture moments with his Leica.

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  14. I love to read and prefer 'real' books as opposed to electronic. I am currently reading James Patterson, Second Honeymoon.

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  15. Love to look through bookstores like this one. They seem to be hard to find now. Love to read on my I-Pad, but also enjoy holding the actual book in my hands. Happy reading.

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  16. I love finding a good bookstore when I visit a new city.

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  17. A real book offers a "touchy-feely" zing that just doesn't exist with ebooks! I must admit, for convenience, I have done the unthinkable and I've sunk to grabbing a few ebooks only because ones I seem to choose are so hard to find otherwise! My favourite haunt was Berkelouw's Book Barn south of Sydney. It was set in the countryside just north of Berrima and you could even snuggle down by a roaring log fire and read! Loved it there!

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  18. The Bell Tower Times thoroughly endorses these amazing photos!

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  19. A book shop that smells like a book shop! I've just started 'Two Brothers' by Ben Elton.

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  20. I have never bought a book online. Much prefer going into a shop and judging a book by its cover. Or the weight and look of the pages. Or the staff picks. :)

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  21. I love quaint book shops :)

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  22. I can spend hours in such shops. What a nice touch with recommendations! I'm reading The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Norwegian crime translated into English).

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  23. I'm SUCH a bookshop sl*t!!! And the quirkier the better ... clearly I'm not the only one disenchanted with the cr*p served up by major publishing houses! I'm reading a couple of classic French detective novels by Georges Simenon - his Inspector Maigret is the prototype for many of today's similar crime novel series!

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  24. I am always inspired after a wander through a bookshop. I think it's the though of the agony and the ecstasy so many authors have poured into those covers.

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  25. Bookshop is "my kind of place"! :)
    Great article Grace!
    Hugs
    Léia

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  26. Looks like a place I could spend hours wading through.

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  27. Oh I hope the bookstores don't disappear ...but I guess I too am guilty of the ease of my electronic reader!

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  28. I love places like this. I'm reading "The Mission Song" by John LeCarre right now.

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  29. A bookshop is ALWAYS my place , no matter the country or the season!

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  30. Oh I do wish Coventry offered a bookshop like this. Love the photos, Grace.

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  31. There is nothing I love more than the smell when you walk in a bookstore! Great photos, Grace

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  32. It's been a long time since I've been in a bookstore--I buy ebooks online. This does bring back memories!

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  33. This looks terrific, Grace. I love those hand written comments from the staff.

    I am taking a break from detective novels by Scandinavian authors (Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo) and reading a book on psychology, about instinct and purposeful thinking.

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  34. Bravo. I posted a while back about the quirky bookshops that made me who I am...


    You a a bon Ami to hang with, G!

    Aloha, Mate:-)

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  35. I love the way a bookstore smells!!!
    V

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