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Daily Aesthetic Fix
Since we are on the topic of books today - here are photos that I found over at Mirage Bookmark of some of the world's most beautiful bookstores.
Wouldn't you just love to get lost in one of these for a day... or days?!
(To view a really great virtual tour of this quaint bookstore click here)
Bookstore in El Ateneo in Buenos Aires - previously a theatre
Selexyz Bookstore in Maastricht, Holland - A converted church with its coffee shop placed at the altar
I lurve books ;) I love the feel of them, the smell of them, the look of the type on the pages and the art on the covers. And of course, I love the magic within them.
What I also love is spending hours browsing through bookstores and deciding what will be my next read.
I've found 3 really great online sites to help make that decision even easier:
What Should I Read Next?
The Book Seer
Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
Where the Heart is (Oprah's Book Club) by Billie Letts
I have read some of the above books and it seems that the results have come back based on novels set in the South as Fried Green Tomatoes is. Others, such as Pigs in Heaven and Where The Heart Is also have a similar style of light-hearted prose.
The recommendations from Amazon tend to just be other works written by the same author - a simple Google search could get the same results. However, the results retreived by LibraryThing are excellent. As shown above, Fried Green Tomatoes retreived either other southern tales or light-hearted reads with kooky characters.
weRead can be slow in loading sometimes but other than that it's great!
Another great feature of weRead is that you can add a widget to your blog to display some of your bookshelf!
So, without further ado... I give you my bookshelf!