Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Library Tuesday

Rijksmuseum Research Library, Amsterdam (via Flavorwire)

I'm here today with some library porn. Yes, that's right my fellow book lovers. I've read several good books lately and, if you follow along with my Facebook page, you may have noticed I have a certain fondness for Flavorpill lists. (If you're not familiar with Flavorpill, it is my all-time favorite source for fun lists covering anything from art and books, music and pop culture. As they say on their web site, "Highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between: if it's compelling, we're sharing it.") This combo of bookish things to share seemed like a good reason to make it a semi-regular book/library-themed post. So let's begin!

If you're like me and the library is top on your list of places to visit in new cities, you'll probably enjoy this as much as I did: Flavorpill's list of the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world.
 Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (via Flavorwire)

Old Market Library, Min Buri, Bangkok (via Flavorwire)

While you're in one of these faraway libraries, you may want to check out a book or two. The first book I'd like to recommend is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This seems appropriate as most introverts are book lovers of one kind or another. Are you with me? Quiet is a well-written and accessible book filled with research and personal stories demonstrating how American society undervalues introversion, particularly in business settings. The author discusses, among other things, ways in which we can recognize and appreciate these traits -- within ourselves and others. As always, you can check out my ongoing reading list here.

If that isn't enough book business for you on this Tuesday afternoon, here are some buildings built from them. View the entire list of 10 Gorgeous Buildings made from Books here.

The octagonal Book Cell by Matej Kren (via Flavorwire

Home, a self-sustained book igloo designed
by Colombian artist Miler Lagos (via Flavorwire)

Here's hoping you find time to hunker down in a cozy nook with a good book this week!

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