Monday, 21 January 2013

Reading is sexy....



Indian Fairy Tales
Beautiful Old books
Vintage fern book via tumblr
My curent read, Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by G.W Dahlquist via Instagram


It's not that I dont like modern technology, I just dont understand why you would want a kindle or electronic book when you can have the real thing!

The smell of the paper, the feel of the book in your hands. The satisfaction of turning the pages, even the awkwardly placed and achy arms that come from trying to read in the bed or trying to to stop your book from dipping into the bath water, for me they all add to the experience of reading a good book.

I never really considered myself a bookworm until a couple of years ago but now I am hooked. Hooked not only on reading, but finding the most beautiful second hand edition of a book too, my new edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Poe is so so pretty and was really cheap on ebay.

Recently I have become a little obsessed with Scarlett Thomas, however my most recent purchase is The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by G.W Dahlquist, such a weird story, I Love it!!

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the Kindle, a hardback or not a readers at all? Any recommendations?

xxx Gabi xxx

21 comments:

MacK @ SoulMakes Jewelry said...

Definitely a book worm, big fan of real books. I suppose the kindle is a neat idea, but I like the turn of paper pages and being able to write on them with a pen.

xx
MacK @ SoulMakes Blog

helensarahvaughan said...

i could not be happy without the smell of books in my life

Susanna-Cole King said...

To your first two paragraphs, a resounding amen! I travel all over the world, so needless to say, people are always trying to talk me into a Kindle or eReader because it would be so much more "convenient," but I just can't do it. I love books for more than their content, I look at them as always having the potential to be a work of art themselves, and that is lost when you convert them to a file on a computer. I've actually considered studying book arts, so that probably speaks volumes about how much I love books.

A house is not a home without books!

Hippy at Heart said...

It definitely is! I should know as I'm currently doing my PhD in medieval literature. Great pics.

Rebecca said...

Books - and hardback books - for me. What beautiful covers/spines you're featuring here!

Beth said...

Well, it depends what you do with a book. If they're 'curling up with a book' books then I'd choose the real thing every time. Likewise cookbooks, I buy those because I like owning them, not really for the recipes, hundreds of which I can get online. Technical books and text books (which actually make up the majority of the books in the world)I would read on an e-reader every time.

GypsyMidwife said...

I definitely prefer real books. I love the feel of the pages and the smell of books. There's a good reason I practically live at the library.
However, I got a kindle for Christmas and it's really nice to be able to more or less have a library with me everywhere I go.
I don't think my kindle will ever replace real books for me, but it is a convenient tool.

Tori Neely said...

If you havent read already, the night circus is a fantastic book! Have to agree with you that nothing compares to having a real book in your hands.

Kate said...

So far, I have managed to resist a kindle. I can see the appeal, but my favourite thing about books is hopping for books and purchasing them with a single click would ruin one of my favourite hobbies!

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Rose Catron said...

I love books! And I will say, to the convenience of a Kindle - some of my best adventures while traveling have occurred because I was looking for books, which would not have happened if I had a Kindle. Especially in countries where books in English are hard to come by, I have had some funny and fabulous experiences hunting down books that I can read.

But then again, I am a book lover all the way, so perhaps I am biased. :)

Vicki said...

Oh, I am SO with you there! To me, nothing compares to a real book.

Beautiful cover of Wuthering Heights in your first photo!
I have such a soft spot for WH.


Jane S. said...

I love bookstores and real books far too much to ever read from a Kindle. One of my favorite purchases was from a small bookstore in Stratford-on-Avon, a beautifully bound copy of Kenilworth. I'd just been to Kenilworth Castle so I couldn't resist. Best souvenir ever!

Louise Gillanders said...

It sounds as if, like me, you are in to magic realism. To that end I would highly recommend 'Jitterbug Perfume' by Tom Robbins, 'Sexing the Cherry' by Jeanette Winterson or anything by Angela Carter ~.^

akissfromthepast said...

lovely books!!! i love the richness in design. and i love your blog too!
have a great day!

Idea Interiors Mtl said...

Adore this entry!
Love books, adore books, digest books, they are my dessert!

Loving your blog and am following you!

Elena from Ideainteriors

www.ideainteriorsmtl.blogspot.ca

Mercedes said...

wauw such a pretty little old books! love them! and really love that tree ring in the last picture, very original...where did you get this lovely ring?

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Eleri Roberts said...

Where is your turquoise & Silver ring from? It's beautiful ! xx

Laura Harwood said...

you can't beat the rommance and beauty of a real book!

However I do have a kindle which has revolutionized my backpacking..I travel a lot and being able to take an entire library with me for the weight of a small pb is definitely worth its weight in gold. Also it gives me more room in my rucksack to stuff in glorious textiles! (just back from Bolivia where I jetissoned ALL my clothes to bring back a stash of Bolivian blankets!!)

EdenClare said...

here, here...
books and paper
over technology
and chrome any
time and day!

absolutely adore
it here on
Moon to Moon
its just the best
here...

xoxo EdenClare

sillsuthcork said...

I agree with you totally about e books - I would much prefer the real book for the reasons you gave - also, why would anyone want the completely soulless machine over the beautiful book. Books have their own personalities and 'feel'. Long live the book!! I also love the illustrations from such artists as Rackham, Clarke, Dulac et al.

sillsuthcork said...

Nothing compares to a real book - like you I love them, especially antiquarian ones, which have a feel of their own. The work of classic illustrators, too adds to the charm.