I found this delightful article on libraries in The Australian magazine over the weekend. I thought it beautifully described libraries and their place in society and just had to share it!
This is by far my favourite quote from the article, captures my feelings almost exactly!
Libraries are embracing the cool factor; they’re becoming sexy sanctuaries of thought that force you to pause in the mad rush of life.
Click the link below to read this fabulous article!
Day 24: Book that contains your favourite scene
This was definitely a hard one to figure out. I’ve read so many books with so many brilliant scenes, that it was hard to pick just one. However, there is one scene, or rather a speech that I have always loved. A ‘discussion’ between a unicorn and a bumbling good-for-nothing magician.
The Last Unicorn – Peter Beagle
The Last Unicorn is a lovely fantasy story, about a unicron who learns that she is the only one of her kind left in the world. She goes on a journey to try and find her kin, and is accompanied by Schmendrick, the bumbling magician, and Molly, a disillusioned and haggard middle aged woman. This is such an unusual book, with a wide assortment of characters, and because of all of these things, it is beautiful!
I first heard about this novel by watching the 1982 animated film adaptation. And I loved it! Schmendrick in particular is an amazing and lovable character, and in a way he is the heart of the story. My favourite scene takes place when the unicorn and Schmendrick meet for the first time, when he sees her for what she truly is, when no one else can. It may not be the most eloquent or spectacular of scenes, but it is one I have always enjoyed reading.
Day 30: Favourite coffee table book
So I’ve decided to have a bit of fun and try to complete a 30 Day Challenge, specifically about books. 🙂 I found this challenge online somewhere but have decided to twist it a little by doing it backwards. Mostly because I don’t want to tell you my favourite book until the very end. 😛 Ready? And off we go!
The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World
Really, how could I ever go past this book? It is a collection of photographs of some very amazing libraries throughout the world. This collection has stunning images of beautiful books, art, architecture and rooms throughout the world and is just a fantastic thing for anyone to be able to flip through and admire.
Here’s some of the featured libraries, just to show you how amazing this book is!
Royal Library in El Escorial
New York Pulbic Library
Long Room, Trinity College Library
And many, many more! 😀
This is the sweetest, most beautiful thing the Internet has ever given me. Ever.
Also, visit the website – here!
(And yes, Mother, I know, I’m obsessing. :P)