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Books: NPR Summer Books 2013

I love the NPR Summer Books list. I look forward to it every year.
Most of my reading list comes from NPR recommendations.

The books I have added to my reading list this year (and the NPR critics’ list they came from):

  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane (from Secrets Of The Universe: 5 Great SF And Fantasy Summer Reads)
  2. The Shining Girls (from Secrets Of The Universe: 5 Great SF And Fantasy Summer Reads)
  3. Love Minus Eighty (from Secrets Of The Universe: 5 Great SF And Fantasy Summer Reads)
  4. We are all Completely Beside Ourselves (from Secrets Of The Universe: 5 Great SF And Fantasy Summer Reads)
  5. Missing Links and Secret Histories (from Secrets Of The Universe: 5 Great SF And Fantasy Summer Reads)
  6. I Await the Devil’s Coming (from Lost And Found: 5 Forgotten Classics Worth Revisiting)
  7. Waiting for the Barbarians (from Making Art From Art: 5 Nonfiction Reads For Summer)
  8. The Curiosity (from Summer Adventure: 5 Thrilling, Chilling, Far-Ranging Reads)
  9. Exercises in Style (from Lost And Found: 5 Forgotten Classics Worth Revisiting)
  10. One Thousand and One Nights (from Lost And Found: 5 Forgotten Classics Worth Revisiting)

Obviously the entire list of SF/Fantasy reads makes up the first 5.
And, typically, as I read the description of each one I thought to myself “OMG That sounds really good!”

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Travel: Shakespeare and Co

Shakespeare and Company is an amazing bookstore in Paris.

I found the above video, via Bookshelf Porn, here.

While in Paris I bought a couple beautiful editions of books there.
I just love being in that bookstore, it feels like home.

Antiquarian books at Shakespeare & Co., a Paris literary institution.

Antiquarian books at Shakespeare & Co., a Paris literary institution.

Everything here encourages creativity. A tiny enclosed bureau, lined with rugs and a blue painted chair, bears the sign: “Feel free to use the typewriter for your lovely writing/creative ventures.” Notes from customers are scrawled in all languages. “A friend told me if I ever felt lonely to come to Shakespeare & Company,” one says. Visitors are so effusive that a few years ago George installed what he calls a “mirror of love”, where hundreds more scribblings are pinned, from the surreal to the touching: “Dear Granny, I would like you to come to Paris with me”, reads one. “Books insulate this nest of wandering dreams”, reads another, “there should always be a place where stories reign over commercial enterprise.”

Shakespeare and Company, a Creative Sanctuary

Shakespeare & Co.

Walking into Shakespeare & Co.

Opened in 1951 by George Whitman, it was originally named “Le Mistral” but renamed to “Shakespeare and Company” in 1964 in tribute to Sylvia Beach’s bookstore [the original Shakespeare and Co.].[3] Today, it serves both as a regular bookstore and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. The shop was featured in the Richard Linklater filmBefore Sunset and in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris.[4]

Its premises, the site of a 16th-century monastery,[10] are at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, near Place Saint-Michel, just steps from the SeineNotre Dame and the Île de la Cité.[10]
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On the third floor of the bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris

On the third floor of the bookstore Shakespeare & Co. in Paris

If you’re ever in Paris and get the chance, swing by this Parisian institution. Shakespeare and Co. is home to beautiful books that cover it from floor to ceiling. A true gift to the ex-pat community in Paris.

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Books: Bookshelf Porn

I’m still obsessed with Bookshelf Porn.
Probably because I’ve always been obsessed with books and bookshelves.
Also, don’t worry, it’s not actually porn.

I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite blog of all time.

Bookshelf Porn: Literature versus Traffic by Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus.

Bookshelf Porn: Literature versus Traffic by Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus.

Bookshelf Porn: Bookshop Selexyz Dominicanen

Bookshelf Porn: Bookshop Selexyz Dominicanen

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Misc.: Tumblr

I created a Tumblr!

http://clareminnies.tumblr.com/

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Books: Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

NPR listeners voted for the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books. This list is very thorough and highlights the amazing wealth of great stories in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. I love this, I must read the books on the list that I have not gotten to yet. Well done NPR!

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Fashion: Book Clutches

Lolita Book Clutch

Lolita Book Clutch

Olympia Le-TanYou Cant Judge A Book By Its Cover, September 2009

So gorgeous! I want Lolita and The Bell Jar. Absolutely brilliant.

Olympia Le-Tan: You Cant Judge A Book By Its Cover

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