Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I'm Baaackk, and Tactile Book Love

Hello Friends,

I missed you! 
I missed the visiting of your blogs and the reading of your posts. 

How are you? Tell me what you've been up to in the last week or two. If you have big news/good news, please share it with us in my comments!

Yeah. So, I used to do my fun Tactile Book Love posts, just because they make me happy. (I love pretty, pretty books.) But I haven't done one in a l-o-n-g time.
I thought I should remedy the error of my ways and show some proper book love today.  

First, let's start with mood music,  for our viewing pleasure, shall we?

Is Five Years not one the best Bowie songs ever? 
The answer is yes. Oh, yes.

His voice puts me directly into my creative comfort zone, like so many pillows, and the kind of sunshine that makes your bare legs warm but not sweaty. 

Love this version w/ Arcade Fire!

Another awesome musical choice for viewing books...come with me...and you'll see...a world of Pure Imagination:

Okay, sit back and enjoy the awesome! 

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
— Cicero

Oh for a book and a shady nook…
— John Wilson

You can't do any of this with an e-reader...

What would life be without bookstores and libraries? *shudder*

I want there to be a big, squishy bean bag in the middle of this circular book wall...
Is this Heaven? I hope so!
I'd like to fall down this rabbit hole...

When I land, I hope it's HERE!!

The color of the paint, the WTWTA dolls on the stairs...magical, no?

Let's move on to home libraries... how much would you adore living in this cottage, hanging out in this room? So charming.

For a completely opposite, yet creative approach...this makes a fun statement, no? (needs more books on those pac-shelves, though)

Karl Lagerfeld...well, Dude(ish) has some serious coin to pull this off!

One of my favorites...the architecture is magnificent.

How about a cocktail? 


You can see more photos of the Book Bar being constructed at the Vestal Design Blog. And just how did this book bar come to be? From the Vestal Blog:
One of our non-Vestal housemates worked at the Stanford library, and his job included the task of throwing away old books, which apparently the other librarians couldn't bear to do. We decided to rescue these books from that awful fate - and what better use for them than a bar from which to entertain our frequent guests?
I'll drink to that! Cheers!

This mini library is freaking adorable!
(and portable) 

DIY Book[suit]case.
via smdoc

Okay, peeps, I will stop now.  

Now, I have no issue with e-books/e-readers, but there'll always be more magic for me in a tangible BOOK, with the author (YOUR) name on the cover and spine? A BOOK that you can hold in your hands and pass down to future generations? Books as decor. A BOOK that you can read in the bathtub and on the beach? 


PS most of the book photos in this post are from Tumblr, thus I couldn't track down to its origin, unless otherwise noted and linked.


Piedmont Writer said...

Oh my love, how right you are, to have and to hold a book in one's hands, feel the binding crack as you open it and smell the ink.

I love the pictures and will someday have to post one of my own little walls.

Missed you so much! Glad you're back. xoxox

Carolyn V. said...

I love, love, love real books. They are awesome.

Your pictures rock! So cool.

And yes,Bowie is one of my favs. You have good taste. =)

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

Girl this is a topic I have gotten hot and heavy on around the blogosphere! I am a total REAL BOOK fan. I understand the functionality & simplicity of an E-Book. BUT I want to smell the paper, watch it age, feel it crackle, hold its weight and love its cover as though it were art from the Louvre!

Love the pics - thank you for giving me happy images for the day! ;o)

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Candyland said...

YES! Physical books!!!!

j.leigh.bailey said...

I absolutely love these pictures. Right now I'm in a state of awe with a dash of envy thrown in...

Ann Marie Wraight said...

One of the most superb collections I've ever seen!

The original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was SOOOO much nicer than the Johnny D version. I've lost count how many times I've watched that video. I'm amazed the tape hasn't snapped due to overuse!

Just joined up and LOOOOVVE your blog LOLA!

Bridge Marie said...

Ooo, gorgeous pictures. And yes, real books all the way, although I do appreciate how digital books can make learning accessible to more people and all that jazz. However, digital books are also more vulnerable to creepy 1984 scenarios where they disappear/are edited and never found again. *shudders*

Lola Sharp said...

Ann Marie---I tried following your comment back to your blog, but there isn't any link.

Please let me know your blog address!!

And, Iagree about Gene Wilder's version being so much better. I love Johnny, but his/Burton's version just didn't come close. I am very sentimental about the original.

I'm so glad you're here. :)

Slamdunk said...

Welcome back!

I have not seen that Wilder clip in a million years. Thanks for posting.

Elaine AM Smith said...

You photographs of book shops, libraries and books were amazing.
As to whether I'd like my book published: yes! I love the feel and the weight of real books.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, yeah! I would love to be inside some of those pictures. And you're right - you can't do that with an e-reader! :-)

Clara said...

I LOVED the pics! There´s a welcome back award waitting for u on my blog btw! =D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fantastic photos! I want the PacMan shelf.

Laura Marcella said...

Love love love this post!!! I hope bookstores and libraries and books books books are around foooreeeveeerrr!!!

Welcome back, Lola!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Love the post. I want to live in a happy land of all those libraries and bookstores.
I just bought three more books today and now I know what to do with them...book wall.:)

Chantel said...

This summer I'm turning a huge portion of our third floor into a library....(excited hand wiggle) I've been collecting statues and lamps and dark lush furniture--even a leather bar! *sigh* Everyone needs a retreat for the mind and soul.

And I totally agree, your pics are absolutely inspiring!

B. Miller said...

Welcome back Lola! You were missed!

I hit 100,000 words in the WIP MS this week! And I'm hosting my first ever blog contest, you should go check it out. :D

mo.stoneskin said...

The mini-library is hilarious. Who knows what Cicero would have to say about that?! Still, he is one of the people I'd meet for coffee if I could time travel. Maybe I'll ask him.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

If I won millions of dollars in a lottery, I would build a house and each room would be modeled after these awesome pics. How much fun would that decorating project be? *gets faraway look and ponders possibilities of doing it on current budget*

I had such a great time visiting this post. You've made my day.

Your creativity sparks my imagination. Thanks!!

Terresa said...

Love this post! The suitcase of books takes bookmobiles to an entirely new level.

:) Read & Write On, my dear!

Old Kitty said...

Welcome back!!! Your wolfettes missed you!!

And what a great and utterly fab post! We love books, yes we do. We love libraries, yes we do!

Take care

Palindrome said...

I just spent time in some unique bookstores! I love it! I just can't understand why anyone would want something electric and cold when you could have a BOOK!! I should take a picture of my place and show you all my books. I think you'd be pleased. I may email it to you privately. :)

Jeff King said...

working on my last chapter on my WIP... its going well, glad to have you back.

Shelley Sly said...

Lola! I've missed you.

Those bookstores/libraries made me drool. I want one.

Hope you're doing well, darlin! Always great to see you around! <3

Lexa said...

Real books are by far better than e-readers. I mean, yeah e-readers are convenient, but it's not the same. You lose all the sentimentality of it, the smell, the feel of different paper textures...

BTW, since you haven't been around in a while, I should let you know that I'm taking a HUGE blog break with Cardiac Outbursts. Feel free to follow my horse training blog though! =]

Theresa Milstein said...

Missed you too, but glad your back. My last two posts are about conferences. I saw a cool picture of a tree in a bookstore once on a blog, but I don't remember which one. Was it yours?

Lola Sharp said...

Hannah...DO IT!!! I'd love, LOVE to get that email! :)

Alex--I just KNEW YOU would be the one to pick that pac man shelf out! I knew it. :) It has you all over it: modern and old-school tech/gaming, and books. It's a techie dude room if I ever saw one.

Becky--CONGRATS on the awesome word count!!! YOu go with your awesome self!

Jeff--Congrats! I'm glad you stuck with it! Hey, then you and Becky can join me in Revision Hell! ;)

Kitty---I meant to post a picture just for you! Crap! I just realized I didn't put it up. It has a cat in a book store...I will put it up next week, in your honor.:)

Lola Sharp said...

Anne-- I missed you too! I would LOVE if you and Hannah emailed me, or posted on your blogs, photos your book rooms/shelves! :) You have that fancy camera now...I want to see your books AND your fence!

Wendy Ramer said...

A toast to the three dimensional, real, tactile, BOOK!

Lola Sharp said...

Everyone---THANK YOU. I've truly missed you too.

And... YAY REAL book lovers!

Stephanie Thornton said...

I definitely love the feel and look of a real book. Those book pics are simply fabulous!

sarahjayne smythe said...

OMG! I love this post. Those pictures are gorgeous and I love every one of them. Thanks for giving me something so fun today. :)

Elena said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

BTW, "Heroes" was my wedding song for marriage # 1. Great party, lousy marriage ;)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Now why do I have a strange desire to build something out of my books. ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh DAVID!!! *swoons*

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow! These are awesome! I want to move in to a couple of those places! :)

MissV said...

Great pictures. I would die happy with that many books...ahhhhh.

There was a great bookstore we used to visit, floor to ceiling free-standing bookcases. Someone bumped into a shelf and it toppled over....and then they all went down like dominoes. A dozen or more 12 foot shelves collapsed...books everywhere. It was a sight to behold.

TechnoBabe said...

I am a book reader. Have always been a book reader. The library is my best friend. We were at the library today and we go there about once a week. I like the whole experience of visiting the library and browsing till I find all the books I want this time. I usually read one book a day sometimes two days. I agree with you about the real deal. A hands on real book. I enjoyed scrolling through all the photos in your post of the various libraries.

LR said...

Oh I agree. I love "real" books. The pics are beautiful to behold.


Jai Joshi said...

Hey Lola! Glad you're back.

I love David Bowie and could listen to him (and look at him) for hours.

I'm traveling right now so my internet hours are sporadic. Just wanted to let you know.


Talli Roland said...

Welcome back! We missed you! :)

Great post - I wish I could drive into any of those photos. And David Bowie... AND Arcade Fire... sigh!

Watery Tart said...

Welcome back! I love Bowie. And I LOVE being surrounded by books. I especially love really OLD books. I don't think you and I were on each other's domains when I posted, but one of my favorite library touches is the Ann Arbor District library fairies that live in the books:

(top pic in this blog): http://waterytart23.blogspot.com/2009/10/location-location-location.html

There is also a fairie door at Nicola's--an independent book store. Fairies like books.

Alexandra Crocodile said...

Lovely pictures, but I'm missing the library at Trinity college in Dublin?!

Nothing much has changed in my neck of the woods recently, except that I've finally decided where I'm going to school next year:)

Alexandra Crocodile said...

Lovely pictures, but I'm missing the library at Trinity college in Dublin?!

Nothing much has changed in my neck of the woods recently, except that I've finally decided where I'm going to school next year:)

DL Hammons said...

I want to be able to pick up my book and knock someone unconscious with it! And I don't mean forcing them to read it!! :)

Anonymous said...

REAL books always and forever, anon! thank you for the photos...I drooled only a little. I don't trust people when I enter their home and there isn't a single book to be seen. No, I have to carefully step. back. out.

Kazzy said...

Arrrggghhhh I want more reading time! I never ever have any, with work and school. i am ready to quit it all just to curl up with a book that is not a textbook!

Missed Periods said...

There are few things better than reading a book on the beach.

Portia said...

Your post allows me to admit my deep, dark secret. I'm a huge Bowie fan! DVDs, movies, videos. Definitely my desert island music, along with the Beatles.

These photos make me want to curl up and read! I want a library. That's what I'd do with a million dollars—build a pretty library in my house :-)

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Those images were fantastic! Spaces with books have such texture, such character. Imagine those rooms with bare shelves or just a photo or plant. They wouldn't be the same. I'm with you on the tangible book love!! :)

Susan Fields said...

I absolutely love the room with the paintings on the ceiling! I could hang out there for a long, long time.

Anonymous said...

Bowie! One of my idols!!

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