Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Le bouquet de livres!



Am I the only one who on entering a book shop stops for a moment to breath in le bouquet de livres, the intoxicating aroma of books en masse, bliss! Thank heavens for book shops big and small, without them what would bibliophiles do :) In search of a very special book I entered Dymocks on Hay St and savoured that moment before assuming the position, the book perusing position that is.. bend your neck to the right. fold your arms, focus and begin :) One of the books I'm reading is 'The Spare Room' by Helen Garner, set in Melbourne, a serious subject handled with care, I'm enjoying it very much..what are you reading at the moment? Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


36 comments:

  1. Totally agree with you Grace. I used to work at an independent traveling book shop. Loved the smell and the great pleasure of discovering places.

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  2. Great photo getting both those ladies with their head bent. I believe that Helen Garner book is very good ~ I heard a book review about it previously. I wish book shops and record shops were more abundant.

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  3. Rereading a history of medieval Europe--an area of special interest. :-)

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  4. I'm reading a David Baldacci and it is finally getting interesting! Can't remember the title - it's on an e-reader and I find I forget the titile.

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  5. For me reading is a guilty pleasure. I'm currently reading John Le Carre's, A Delicate Truth. I'm enjoying it. Yes, book stores sing a siren to me, and I seldom leave empty handed.

    Thanks for your comment on my Nepal post. Anything we can do to help I'm sure is appreciated. I see that Australia has a major Habitat project in Nepal. What a great project.

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  6. Een boek in je handen geeft toch net wat meer leesplezier.

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  7. No of course not. And I've just spent 150$ just looking at your photos. :p

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  8. Love book shops too. Reading Jo Nesbo here.

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  9. Grace, I love books and bookstores. Like many I own a Kindle and read most of my books from it, but looking at your post today, reminds me how much I prefer holding a real book in my hands. What am I reading - a 'how to' photography book :).

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  10. This is embarrassing. As an author, I feel like I should be as excited about the feel of a book in my hands...but all I care about are the words themselves.

    And not having to dust bookshelves....

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  11. Haha, yes, the book perusing position.... I've given up my lunch time read for a healthy walk instead but it was a difficult trade-off.

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  12. Somehow bookstores always invite me in :)
    I'm reading The Poet by Michael Connely at the moment, really really good!

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  13. How lovely, a big bookshop!
    Now where is the second hand section...?

    I am reading about three at the moment, sometimes more.

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  14. Book stores are a tonic for the soul!

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  15. I love bookstores, always have to go in and browse around. I just finished "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tart, 925 pages, pffft, but I liked it very much.

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  16. No, you are not the only one. I LOVE that smell. Sadly, shops generating the wonderful aroma are few and far between these days. Last February Jack did a post about some writers in Florida and I purchased a book by one of them, Ben Bova. That's what I'm reading right now.

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  17. I feel the same way too! I'm reading an oldie, Falling Off the Map, by Pico Iyer completely absorbed in the wit and stimulating descriptions.

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  18. Great shots Grace! I love wandering around in the bookstores. Not reading anything at the moment though, too busy chasing my grandson around!

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  19. That's a nice looking bookstore Grace. We lost our only local book store aobut 2 years ago.
    I love the smell of books. New or old. I can spend hours sitting in the stacks at a library, new book book store or the musty neat old ones in VA, PA, and not so musty MT among other places I've spent hours in the books.

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  20. I am reading Daniel Silva's thriller The Messenger and today Hold Still (a memoir from photographer Sally Mann) arrived.

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  21. I even like the musty smell of old used bookstores (though I prefer the smell to be in the bookstore, not my home). Just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro's new book 'The Buried Giant'. Spent most of the weekend reading instead of photographing or blogging.

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  22. Bookstores made me who I am. But don't blame them!


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  23. Love the shot of the bookstore and the customers. Books? Too many wonderful books to read, too little time. Since I haven't been too mobile lately, I have been reading A LOT! But, then again, I always do. Reading takes time and unfortunately it takes me away from housework :) right now I am reading "I Refuse" by Norwegian writer Per Petterson. Not quite sure what I think of it yet. I'll have to check the book you said you were reading. The two books I loved the best the past years has been "The Boys in the Boat" and "Dead Wake" Check 'em out!

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  24. That second picture is very funny. Good observation.

    I confess I've given up on books. Too hard to carry in my briefcase, not portable enough to have at my side at all times. I'm just about all-Kindle now, carrying my whole library wherever I go.

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  25. Very nice images of the bookshop!
    I generally begin my "tours" looking for poetry books.
    Pietro

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  26. Loved your description.
    Am reading 'The Hungry Tide' by Amitav Ghosh. Enjoying it!! :)

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  27. I do like the search for a new adventure, a shared experience, a journey through someone else's mind ... a book. I just finished Dan Brown's latest chase against time across the world with Dante in "Inferno". Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  28. I often wonder how long there will be book stores. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  29. Hmmm... German book-stores smell neutral, at leat my fav, Graff, smells of nothing.
    I´m reading A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain, bought in a book-smelling second hand book store in Perth :-)

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  30. I love bookshops too. Actually last Wednesday I went into Dymocks too and came out with two garden books. At the moment I'm reading "Wheat Belly" by Dr William Davis. I'm very much into alternative health books at the moment...

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  31. Quelle belle librairie. Tu as raison pour l'odeur particulière qu'il y a dans les librairies. J'aime les livres, je suis triste parce que la Croix-Rouge de mon quartier en jette des caisses entières, on doit se battre afin que les livres ne disparaissent pas !

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  32. Quelle belle librairie. Tu as raison pour l'odeur particulière qu'il y a dans les librairies. J'aime les livres, je suis triste parce que la Croix-Rouge de mon quartier en jette des caisses entières, on doit se battre afin que les livres ne disparaissent pas !

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  33. I know, but I really have no more place for new books: my small apartment is full of them, and many more are in boxes... I am reading ebooks now...

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  34. Two lovely pictures Grace, I particularly like the two lady's. I'm a big fan of bookshops, we are very lucky in London...

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  35. Reminds me of a poem I wrote a long time ago, Gracie. Nice capture.

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