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Welcome! Bienvenido! Witamy! Bienvenue! 歡迎!

Welcome to MyLibraryCardWoreOut!

Wherever you are from, the United States, the UK, Israel, China or elsewhere, welcome! Just like a library, I try to keep my shelves up to date, but sometimes I don’t succeed. But I keep trying and usually once a week or at least every two weeks there is a book review and I try and get fun book related things up too! Also with the help of M.O.M (My Own Mother) we keep this blog running. Scroll down to read my latest posts. Enjoy and once again, welcome!

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Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

I am finally back from my study abroad experience in Tokyo, Japan so it’s time to hit the ground running again! Of course, while I was abroad, I had to visit bookstores, because it’s just what I do.

I wrote a blog post a while back about “50 Must-Visit Beautiful Bookstores on Six Continents” which was originally compiled by BookRiot. In that list they had the bookstore Kitazawa and after a little bit of research, I found that it was just a 30 minute train ride from where I was studying. So, naturally, I went to visit as I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

The bookstore was definitely an experience to visit.

First of all, it was in a used bookstore district. All of the stores on that side of the street were for used bookstores so it was such a wonderful street.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

The first thing you saw on the way into the bookstore was this gorgeous display outside. I really loved the contrast between the blue books and the yellow flowers. It was really eye catching.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

Heading inside, it was a nice entrance way so you knew that you had to expect something exciting!

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

And the door to the bookstore was beautiful. A nice, rich red. It had such an inviting look.  Also the bookstore door was glass, which was different. You were able to clearly see inside as to what to expect.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

Walking in you saw so many books! Unlike Pickwick, which was chaos but in a wonderful way, this bookstore was incredibly neat, down to the smallest thing.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

You can clearly see how neatly it was all set up. Instead of having the discount books in piles, they were on rolling carts and even those that were on the floor were clearly stacked and in specific sections. It wasn’t messy at all.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

Even their desk for checking out was covered in books all over the place! There was a slight disorganization because of just how many books that there were, and how many books that were waiting to be put out. But it was calming and you were easily able to browse around.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

There was also a side of the room that had old bookshelves and really old books that were not for sale. They were just part of the ambiance of the shop.

The store was not busy at all. While I was there, there was only one other person in the store, and maybe one was coming in on the way out. So I’m honestly not sure how they survive as a bookstore. Of course some of their books were incredibly expensive.

Field Trip: Kitazawa Book Store

An example was this book. You can just see how bit it was. It was massive! And this book would be an incredible table piece of something to show off in your home. But it was over $200 and there were many others similar, or old, that were of a comparable price. So I’m guessing when they sell a few of those, and since it’s a small bookstore, they do well.

Overall, this bookstore was amazing. I am so glad that I found time to go and visit the bookstore while I was in Tokyo. Who knows when i will be back next and I had to visit somewhere that BookRiot had said was good!

Have you visited here?

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Something New For Saturday

It’s the weekend! What an exhausting week…..time for something restorative.

Here at MLCWO there has been a quiet obsession over the years with book related things that don’t involve actually reading. Book art, paper art, illustrations. You get the idea.

Well how about floral art?

So what about this???

 

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Beautiful, don’t you think?

Bridget Beth Collins is the artistic genius behind this glorious flamingo (birthday present for moi!)  and her website Floral Forager is a place of incredibly beautiful works made with bits of nature. Bridget loves to collect things from the wild and turns them into gorgeously creative pieces. Works of art.

And she has got some pieces that are books and movie themed!!

 

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Alice In Wonderland

 

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Green Gables – just without Anne

 

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Snow White

 

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May The Flowers Be With You

 

Truly unique and so creative. There just might be one of these in the horizon …..why not pop over and visit her website and  enjoy all of her work.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Catching Up On Summer

Summer is rapidly hurtling to a finish which makes me draw breathe as I haven’t knocked too many things off my summer bucket list, except for a few books. How about you? Did you have plans to read the next great work of fiction, or even write one?

While you were relaxing and enjoying summer lots has been going on in the literary world. Just in case you missed some things here is a little collection of some highlights,

Do you remember being read to as a child? Or even better, sharing a read aloud with a little one? There is really nothing better. Well, how about making adult story time a thing? And yes you can,.

Why the world needs librarians.

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How literary are you? Do you think you know your books? Well, 92% people can’t identify a book by the first sentence. How do you compare?

In a recent post the name Shirley Jackson came up. She is having a moment apparently. The Economist (that is – heavy, serious fact based reading) has a great article encouraging you to try her short story. If The Economist says to read it, you had better believe there is some truth. Go check her out. And in case you need encouraging the article says….. it was shocking!!

Looking to update your fantasy reading. With strong female characters? Book Riot has some good suggestions. Perfect for the beach reading bag.

And in a HUGE omission we forgot to mark National Book Lovers Day. August 9th! Did you know that? No matter it is a day late, honor the day and spend some time with a book.

So what are you reading?

Catching Up On Summer

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Lines On Ale by Edgar Allen Poe

August 4.

The day that is celebrated around the world as International Beer Day!! When the weather is probably either hot or frazzling. Perfect weather for a long drink. So, in honor  here is a charming little poem by Edgar Allen Poe, the master of horror.

Lines on Ale 

Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts, queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away.
What care I how time advances;
I am drinking ale today.

1848 ~ Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)

 

Lines On Ale by Edgar Allen Poe

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When The Cat’s Away… Mom Takes Over

Hello Book Lovers!

While MLCWO travels the globe this little corner of the reading internet is too quiet and so much is going on in the world of print and books. As promised by my lovely book loving daughter I will keep you up to date on bookish things until she returns. Even though it is summer there is plenty to be on top of as the book world never really sleeps.

Before I start just a bit about me so you’ll know what to expect.

I raised one seriously devoted reader and that is something I am fiercely proud of.. Bringing up a child that shares your love for books is a delight especially as  I  myself am a reader and passionate book lover. However, my choice in books is quite different from my daughter’s. My passion is literary fiction, classics really, a dabble of memoirs, travel writing especially historical travel and children’s picture books –  all with a side of non-fiction. We don’t really read the same thing. I also love altered books, typewriters, classical music, cooking and cats. So, you might not find what you normally would here, but it is only for a few weeks so hopefully you can bear with me. Long time readers might have seen some posts I wrote years and years ago while this was a very young blog. Posts on how to raise a reader, word of the week, banned book week and poems were often me. Nice to be back talking books!

Now onto book things. It is summer and beach reads are the thing, but it is also the time for hammocks and shade and indulging in things you might not usually choose.  But what do you do if you don’t know what to read next?

Penguin UK is a great website with lots to read and discover. They have a very useful area “Find Your Next Read” which has lists, suggestions, podcasts and so much more.  One of my favorite sections is “Where to Start” where they give nice lists of 5 books for particular authors. Why not check out “Where to start with Sherlock Holmes” because it’s Sherlock! Or the enticing  “Where to start with Shirley jackson” because if you haven’t read The Haunting Of Hill House you should. I know, I know….older writers, archaic, etc. etc. But these are classics and this is summer. Why not try something completely different?

Summer means road trips for many and what is better than hitting the open road and seeing new places?  If you are traveling around the US why not dip into some books that are relevant to the states you are visiting? Here is a great list of books from each state, with several to choose from, and once reading you can add your photos to an Instagram page. Only trouble is not all 50 states are there so maybe there are some titles readers can suggest.

And as a final note not long before MLCWO took off to distant shores there was a visit to a brick and mortar Amazon store. You can read the post here. Book Riot has a very interesting article about why you should be really angry about the success of Amazon’s real world store. It is well written and makes some interesting points. Take a read, give it some thought and consider both sides. This is important to book lovers. Monopolies aren’t always a good thing and for you the reader where you shop might be important to you. But of course there is always the library!

Thanks for reading along! M.O.M.

 

When The Cat's Away... Mom Takes Over