Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books On My Winter 2018/2019 To-Read List

Posted December 17, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 27 Comments

It’s time for another seasonal TBR TTT! I love these topics, and I know you do too. I’m fully immersed in Christmas novels right now, but I know I’ll be itching for a change of pace by the middle of next week. There’s so much I want to read! I’m excited to see what’s on your list as well. I’m limiting my list to books that are either out already or will be coming out this winter. I’ve got a TON of ARCs that come out in the spring and summer, but that’s no fun to talk about right now when they’re not easily accessible soon!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
A contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast! So excited!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I love books about fae, and I never stop hearing about this one.

The Beholder by Anna Bright
An Odyssey retelling sounds cool, even though I’ve never read The Odyssey. lol. But I love fantasies on the high seas and look at that cover!

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
SO EXCITED to read more from the author of The Hating Game, which I adored!

Once Upon a River by Dianne Setterfield
“Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric”

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda
“…a captivating thriller about two teens who connect when each discovers a mysterious radio frequency, which suggests their family tragedies are mysteriously connected.”

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Because why not?? I love this author duo!

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
I’ve always wanted to read a book by Kate Morton, and this one sounds great! I’m starting to really love historical mysteries.

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
I’m excited for her newest book! She’s one of my favorite authors.

An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Kinsley
A graphic novel travelogue!! I just got this from my secret sister and cannot WAIT to read it!

Which books are you excited to read this winter?


My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies

Posted December 10, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 34 Comments

Today is freebie day, and to go along with my A Bookish Little Christmas event this month I decided to make it Christmassy. I love all things Christmas, but I’ve been focusing a lot on Christmas books on the blog lately, so I’m taking a break from books and focusing on my very favorite Christmas movies this week! I’m a Hallmark Christmas movie junkie, so that’s what most of these are!

Finding Father Christmas

Christmas for Miranda is a painful reminder of the family she never had. Her mother died when she was young, never revealing the identity of her father. But, three days before Christmas, she unexpectedly receives a clue as to the whereabouts that takes her to a beautiful New England town where she meets Ian, a young man who helps with her search. As the clues lead to her father’s identity and Miranda discovers the possibility of love in Ian, and she learns that her father lived in the small town and now she knows his family (her brother and her biological father’s wife). She faces a terrible decision… Should she share the truth and risk losing the family she has just found, or leave and keep the secret forever? This Christmas promises to be life-changing for Miranda with a new chance at life and love.” Starring Wendy Malick, Erin Krakow and Niall Matter.

One Starry Christmas

Aspiring astronomy professor and Christmas enthusiast Holly (Sarah Carter) is crushed when her longtime boyfriend Adam (Paul Popowich) schedules a business trip and leaves her alone over the holidays. When she decides to surprise both Adam and her parents with a Christmas visit, however, fate, or perhaps the Christmas spirit, intervenes. Holly’s bumpy holiday travel makes a turn onto the road to romance when she and her bus companion, Luke (Damon Runyan), forge an instant connection over their love of constellations and Christmas. In the spirit of the season, Holly invites Luke and his brother Bull (George Canyon) to join her family and Adam for Christmas, which instantly creates a competition between Luke and Adam for Holly’s attention. As sparks fly like shooting stars between Holly and Luke, will Holly decide to play it safe and stay with Adam or to thank her lucky stars for the Christmas gift of romance with Luke?

Window Wonderland

It’s no holds barred when two Manhattan department store employees vie for the same job during the busy Christmas season. Sloan Van Doren (Chyler Leigh) is a driven young woman determined to become the next window dresser at McGuire’s department store and to uphold a 95-year-old artistic holiday tradition. Serious and professional, she’s the polar opposite of the happy-go-lucky Jake Dooley (Paul Campbell), who also wants the job. When Mr. Fitch (Matty Finochio), the head of advertising and promotion, gives them a challenge, the competition is on: each will create a series of seasonal storefront windows twice a week until Christmas. The creator of whichever window display gets the most attention from passersby will get the job.

As they go through their paces, with Jake’s obvious talent grabbing the public’s attention, a silent but mutual attraction develops between the pair, hampered by the contest and the presence of Kenneth (Cameron Mathison), Sloan’s blueblood boyfriend, who can’t understand the importance Sloan is placing on this job. Supporting the efforts of the window dressers are McGuire’s veteran window washer Mac (Terence Kelly) and brassy bathroom attendant Rita (Naomi Judd) who have eyes for each other but haven’t done anything about it yet. Love is in the air at McGuire’s, but things aren’t exactly what they seem. Who will win in this love triangle?

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Jennifer Cullen (Brooke Burns) is a single, working mom who has become somewhat of a Scrooge when it comes to the Holiday season. Even her six-year-old son Brian is having trouble believing in Santa Claus. When Jen’s Uncle Ralph (Henry Winkler), a retired police officer, comes to visit for Christmas, he brings along a new friend, a nomad and Jack-of-all-trades named Morgan Derby (Warren Christie). The two met on a flight, and Morgan’s plans to continue on to Denver are cancelled when he finds out the city is completely snowed in. Jen is wary of the stranger, but at Ralph’s request, agrees to let him stay the night. She warms up to Morgan, especially when she sees how he interacts with Brian. Uncle Ralph approves of Morgan, too, but Jen’s boyfriend Richard isn’t nearly as receptive. Meanwhile, Morgan has started to really like Jen, but if she can’t manage to make Christmas about anything more than business, Morgan will be on his way to Denver, and she’ll have missed the opportunity that was right in front of her. Uncle Ralph has done what he can to keep Morgan around, but it’s going to take something more than that to get him penciled into Jen’s long-term plans. Jen just needs to learn “how to do Christmas,” and it turns out Morgan is the perfect one to teach her.

Christmas Getaway

Hoping to spend the holiday relaxing, a travel writer takes a traditional Christmas vacation for the first time. Through a mix up on the rental site, she finds herself double-booked for the holidays with a widower, his young daughter and mom. What begins as an inconvenience blossoms into much more. Stars Bridget Regan and Travis Van Winkle.

Miss Christmas

Nicknamed “Miss Christmas,” the official tree finder for Chicago’s renowned Radcliffe Tree lighting is left desperate to find the perfect tree. A letter from a young boy promising his tree is perfect sends her to a small town where she learns the young boy’s dad isn’t willing to part with his tree. While sparks fly, she’ll be forced to confront what she’s really been missing for Christmas. Starring Brooke D’Orsay and Marc Blucas.

 

The Santa Clause

When a man inadvertently kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

The Holiday

Two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change their lives. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz), realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ handsome brother Graham (Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Black).

The Nine Lives of Christmas

Fireman Zachary Stone (Routh) is a confirmed bachelor who doesn’t believe in love or commitment. When a stray tabby cat named Ambrose shows up at his door, Zachary takes him in and slowly starts to see that a little companionship might not be so bad after all. Zachary’s commitment to solitude is further challenged when he meets Marilee (Sustad), an animal lover and veterinary student who teaches Zachary how to care for his new feline roommate. Chemistry immediately develops between the two, but will they find a way together despite themselves?

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And for Peanuts fans everywhere, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without this classic holiday delight. Christmas lights may be twinkling red and green, but Charlie Brown has the Yuletide blues. To get in the holiday spirit, he takes Lucy’s advice and directs the Christmas play. And what’s a Christmas play without a Christmas tree? But everyone makes fun of the short, spindly nevergreen Charlie Brown brings back – until the real meaning of Christmas works its magic once again.

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?
What topic did you choose for freebie week?


Top Ten Cozy, Wintry Reads

Posted December 3, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 40 Comments

It’s December, which means A Bookish Little Christmas is in full swing here on the blog! I hope you’ll continue to stop by all month to see the fun festive content my bookish friends and I will be sharing (find the event schedule here!). I’ve got my limited-time TTT logo, which you’re free to use for any of your holiday-themed TTT posts this month.

Today’s topic highlights cozy, wintry reads. When I think of books like this I think of rich, magical fantasies and lots of snow (I’m going to exclude Christmas books from this list because I’ll be doing Christmas books in a few weeks for our freebie topic). Of course, there’s always romance to warm things up a little. I LOVE books that give me those cozy vibes, and I’m excited to see what everyone picks for this topic!

1. Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
“In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, compassion might get a person killed, and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone.”

Frost takes place in probably the coldest place ever: The Frost. It’s cold and snowy and windy, with blizzards and fires in the fireplace and short days, with long nights. And the writing is exquisite I loved it!

2. Nocturne by Syrie James
“When Nicole Whitcomb’s car runs off a Colorado mountain road during a blinding snowstorm, she is saved from death by a handsome, fascinating, and enigmatic stranger.Snowbound with him for days in his beautiful home high in the Rockies, she finds herself powerfully attracted to him. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with apprehension.”

3. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
“Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.”

Pasha’s birthday is coming up, so the Tsar instructs these two enchanters to engage in a magical battle to make Pasha’s birthday something special. The battle begins, and the beauty and opulence that encompasses St. Petersburg as a result of this magic is amazing. I won’t give too much away, but I absolutely must mention the intricate system of fountains and color-changing lights that fill the city’s canal system. That entire scene was beautiful, and is still my favorite in the entire book.

4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
They open a door and enter a world.” 

A world of snow and magic, that is! LOVE the coziness of this story!

5. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.”

Russia always screams cold weather to me, and this book is so lush you can easily wrap up in it!

6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
“Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.”

This is a breathtaking Beauty & the Beast retelling, and who doesn’t immediately think eternal winter when thinking of this story?

7. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
“Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.”

8. A Tale of Beauty and Beast by Melanie Cellier
“Alone, and with danger on every side, Sophie must navigate a magical castle and its even more mysterious master to discover the secret to breaking the curse.”

Another B&B retelling that I love!

9. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
“Whistling Tor is a place of secrets, a mysterious wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress of a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the region in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies of Anluan’s family and his people. The woods hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom. And Anluan himself has been crippled by a childhood illness.”

Ok, so I didn’t realize until I was writing out my thoughts on these books that I’ve picked three B&B retellings for this topic. lol. Whoops! But this one is so unique that you’d almost miss it. The magic and cozy vibes are definitely there, though.

10. Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle
As the captain of Field County’s ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise “Lou” Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he’s never felt more alive… even if keeping her safe may just kill him.”

This is a very chilly, snowy romantic suspense about a search and rescue team of ice divers in the remote, wintry Colorado Rockies.

Which cozy, wintry books did you choose to talk about this week?


Top Ten Platonic Relationships In Books

Posted November 26, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic is about those wonderful non-romantic relationships we read about in books that warm our hearts and make us smile. I cannot get enough of these kinds of relationships in my books, so I can’t wait to jump around the Linky and find more books to add to my TBR! My list focuses on best friends and wonderful families.

1. Cinder and Thorne in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
One of my favorite platonic boy-girl friendships.

2. Cinder and Iko in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A girl and her devoted android.

3. Roar and Aria/Perry from Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi 
Roar is the BEST friend ever. And Roar and Perry have the very best bromance I’ve read.

4. The Weasley Family in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
This family. I don’t need to say much more than that.

5. Lucien and Feyre in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
It’s always nice to have a snarky guy in your corner to make sure you’re doing ok.

6. Kylie and Will in From What I Remember… by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Will is the gay best friend that every girl needs!

7. The Family in The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
Everyone loves each other, even though they all carry scars from difficult pasts. Their trials brought them together, though, into this tight make-shift family that I LOVED.

8. Clem’s Family in Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
Her parents are wonderful, and her sister reminds me so much of my little sister–always wanting to tag along, looking up to you, and being your biggest fan. he also has a sweet disposition and a goofy sense of humor.

9. Maggie and Roux from Also Known As by Robin Benway
Roux is a mean girl who got a huge dose of karma, and is now the social outcast. Her new status has made her very uninhibited, and the girl has no filter. She gloms on to Maggie, and the two become inseparable.

10. Angelo (Maggie’s Honorary Uncle) from Also Known As by Robin Benway
He’s this suave, debonair, dapper older gentleman who is also part of The Collective (the spy organization Maggie and her parents are members of). He is a very close friend of Maggie and her family. I love his relationship with Maggie most of all. He is just so loving, and he adores her in this grandfatherly way. I just found him to be so charming and likable.


Ten Books That Take Place Over Thanksgiving

Posted November 19, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 13 Comments

With Thanksgiving being in just a couple days here in the USA, I thought it would be fun to do a Thanksgiving/thankful freebie. I decided that for my post I’d showcase some books on my TBR that take place during Thanksgiving!

Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer
Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
Seven Day Fiancé by Rachel Harris
A McClendon Thanksgiving by Sean D. Young
A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone
All or Nothing by Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke
A Randall Thanksgiving by Judy Christenberry
Tackled by the Girl Next Door by Susan Scott Shelley and Veronica Forand
How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie by Gina Henning
His Road Home by Anna Richland

What topic did you choose this week for your freebie?
If you live in the USA, what are your Thanksgiving plans?


Top Ten Bookish Items I’d Like to Own

Posted November 12, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

Christmas is next month and, I don’t know about you, but I’m already building my wish list of fun things I’d love to own. Many of those, of course, are bookish! So here’s a few of the fun things I’ve come across online!

Bookish Items I’d Like to Own

1. Harry Potter Christmas at Hogwarts 500-piece Puzzle by New York Puzzle Company (Buy Here)
I love puzzles, and how magical and beautiful is this one?? 

2. If You Can Read This Bring Me My Book Socks by California Social Hour (Buy Here)
Fun socks are the best, and these ones feed my bookish heart.

3. Book Lovers Tea Cup and Saucer by Roy Kirkham (Buy Here)
Oh man. I’ve loved this from afar for a very long time!

4. Book Nerd Bracelet (in brown) by laureldenise (Buy Here)
This is such a simple, cute, and dainty bracelet!

5. Cat Lady Enamel Pin by HennelPaperCo (Buy Here)
Not technically bookish, but cats and books kinda go hand in hand for me!

6. Stack of Book Earrings by Coryographies (Buy Here)
SOOO cute!

7. Read Bracelet by ALikelyStory (Buy Here)
Adorable!

8. The Hound of the Baskervilles T-Shirt by Literary Book Gifts (Buy Here)
I remember reading this book in school and being so freaked out! It was one of my favorite reads in school, and this shirt is so fun!

The GOOD NEWS! Melissa from Literary Book Gifts has offered my readers 20% off anything on her site, no minimum. Use the coupon code ThatArtsyReaderGirl20! It never expires!

9. Bookish Decal by BookishStuff (Buy Here)
This would look ADORABLE on my car’s back window!

10. Ex Libris Necklace by Out of Print (Buy Here)
This is super dainty and pretty.

Which of these would you love to own? 
What’s on your list this week?

 


Top Ten Backlist Books I Own & Still Need to Read

Posted November 5, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 35 Comments

So… this topic is super broad and really hard. I know there’s no possible way to narrow down all the backlist books you’ve missed between now and the beginning of time to just 10, so just do your best! Maybe they’re the newest backlist books, or the ones by authors you love. Maybe they’re the ones you’ve had on your TBR list the longest or the ones that were published before you were born. Or MAYBE they’re just the highest on your list of priorities! Whatever the case may be, I’m expecting a whole lot of book pushing to come from this week’s topic!

Because I have a million books, I’ve decided to only mention the physical books on my bookshelves (that came out before 2018) that I got because I was so excited to read them and then promptly didn’t.

Legend by Marie Lu
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
The Love Academy by Belinda Jones
Spirited Away by Cindy Miles

Should I prioritize any of these?
Which backlist book is at the top of your TBR right now?


Ten Scary Books I’m Too Chicken to Read (But Want To)

Posted October 29, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Tomorrow is Halloween, so of course that means it’s a creepy/Halloween freebie this week! I really love freebie weeks because I get to see your creativity and I get to stalk your lists for future TTT ideas! I’m a huge chicken, so I’m sharing books that I’d really like to read, but I’m worried they will be too scary for me. I’ve included the keywords from the synopsis that have me thinking I might not be able to handle it. lol. Maybe you can help talk me into some of them, or save me from books you know a chicken can’t handle!

1. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

Cemetery. Corpse. Danger. Storm shuts down the only road to the property. Power goes out. MURDEROUS PHANTOM. Raising Hell.

2. Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Beware. Isolated village. Evil that has lain hidden for years. Horrifying truth.

3. The Shining by Stephen King

Stephen King. Atmospheric old hotel. Remote. Sinister. Strange and terrible forces. Stephen King.

4. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Dark past. Mysterious outsider. Gruesome murders. Grotesque flair. Secrets.

5. Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Debilitating insomnia. Experimental new procedure. Malfunction. Dreamworld. Nightmares. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations. Tormented.

6. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Amish. Murderous. No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in.
(Note: I’m not afriad of Amish people. It’s the whole package.)

7. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Screaming. Drenched in blood. Vanished. She doesn’t know who she is. Haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Bloody razor. Violent. She will never escape. Twisted secrets.

8. Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Devil. Eerie. Grim. Liar.

9. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Three decades. Inferno. The girl of nowhere. Disturbed mind. Sinister. Alter ego. Dark, twisted magic.

10. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Jack the Ripper is back. Brutal murders. Rory spotted the man… The only one who can see him. His next target.

What are your Halloween plans? My students will be having a very fun-filled day at school (including a costume parade and class party). Knowing how insane it will be, and how tired I’ll be when I get home, my plans include watching Arsenic & Old Lace while eating caramel apples like an old person! 


Top Ten Lovable Villains

Posted October 22, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 17 Comments

This week’s topic is getting us ready for Halloween next week! We’re highlighting bookish villains this week. Which villains do you absolutely hate? Which ones do you love? Which are the creepiest, the sweetest, the most evil, the most misunderstood, etc.? I can’t wait to see your lists!

1. The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
He’s dark and sexy and charming and dangerous, and people are just drawn to him for some mysterious reason.

2. Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
He was the villain in the beginning, but he captured al of our hearts.

3. Valek from Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Valek is a master assassin and trains Yelena in the art of poison. He makes her pretty miserable until…

4. Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.”

It didn’t start so well, considering Akiva attacked Karou at their first meeting. lol.

5. Bastien Toussaint from Black Ice by Anne Stuart
Bastien is a ruthless assassin, hired to take out Chloe for knowing too much about his illegal arms dealer employers, but he eventually decides to protect her instead.

6. Ty from Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
I have no idea how Lucy Christopher got me to sympathize with the kidnapper, but she did!

7. Alexander Moncrieffe from What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long
Alex initially wanted to seduce his rival’s little sister as revenge. Making her fall in love and then breaking her heart is the perfect way to get back at Ian Eversea. He falls for her, though. Of course. So many swoons in this book!

8. Luke from Lament: The Faery Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
Luke is an assassin who has been assigned to kill Deirdre. He shows up mysteriously and Dee is totally drawn to him. He’s in love with her, but do we trust him?

9. Beast from Hunted by Meagan Spooner
I love this guy for pretty much the same reason I love The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. He’s tortured, brooding and… beastly. He’s holding Yeva prisoner in his castle. But… then the swoons happen.

10. Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Josh is the enemy. He’s Lucy’s nemesis. They hate each other, and are fighting for their place in the company they both work for. But there’s a very fine line between love and hate, and they don’t seem to know where it is.

Which villains did you highlight this week?

 


Top Ten Bookstores & Libraries I’d Love to Visit

Posted October 15, 2018 by Jana in About Me, Top Ten Tuesday / 22 Comments

This week I’m sharing my bookstore and library bucket list. There are SO many beautiful buildings that serve as havens for bookworms, and there are so many unique, quaint, and special places that house books. I had so much fun looking for pictures to feature this week. When I start falling down he rabbit hole on something like this, it’s very hard for me to stop. I had a hard time narrowing my list down to only ten places! I’d love to visit these and so many other bookstores and libraries in this world. I wish the USA had more book places that were pretty like these ones are.

Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy

I wish I’d known about this bookstore when I went to Venice a few years ago, because it sounds wonderful! The name translates to “bookstore of high water”, and it floods each year. To combat the water, which is a book’s worst enemy, the owner stores the books in waterproof bins, buckets, bathtubs, canoes, and gondolas. There are many books and maps of Venice, used and new books, and even some stray cats that have made the store their home. They seem to love people, and I’ve seen pictures of visitors petting them. There’s an outdoor courtyard with a stairway made of old encyclopedias that leads you to beautiful canal views.

Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal

The neo-gothic and art nouveau design elements make this bookstore a must-see for me. It’s so opulent and grand! I love the stained glass ceiling and that huge, sweeping red staircase. Apparently J.K. Rowling did some of her early Harry Potter brainstorming here, and is rumored to have inspired some of her designs of Hogwarts. Very cool!

Libreria El Pendulo in Mexico City, Mexico

This beautiful bookstore is known for looking like the city of Paris, France inside. It’s crammed full of shelves of books and trees and cozy places to sit. It looks like such a fun place to be.

Cook & Book in Brussels, Belgium

The Cook & Book is a bookstore and restaurant! It’s divided up into nine different rooms that each house different kinds of books, and you can choose to eat your meal at a table in any of them. The English books room is decorated like an old British library. There’s also a terrace and a playground for children. I particularly love the ceiling of flying books.

Book Now in Bendigo, Australia

This rare and out of print bookstore looks like a log cabin inside! I love this old nineteenth century building that was once owned by a wine and spirits merchant.

Boekhandel Dominicanen (Polare Maastricht) in Maastricht, The Netherlands

This bookstore is located in an old Medieval Dominican church. I don’t even care what kind of books this store houses, I want to visit this beautiful church!

Klementinum Baroque Library Hall in Prague, Czech Republic

This place is beautiful… “The baroque library was first opened in 1722 as a part of the Jesuit university based in Klementinum. It houses over 20,000 volumes of mostly foreign theological literature, coming into Klementinum from the beginning of the 17th century until recent times. Books with white painted spines and red marks have been in the library since the time of the Jesuits… The interior of the baroque library has remained intact since the 18th century. The hall is decorated with ceiling frescoes by Jan Hiebl depicting allegorical motifs of education, and portraits of Jesuit saints, patrons of the university and prominent representatives of this order.”

The Abbey Bookshop in Paris, France

I’ve been to Shakespeare & Company, which was so much fun, but I didn’t know about this cute little bookstore in the Latin Quarter until I was already home. Just another excuse to go back to Paris someday!

The Bookworm Bookshop in Beijing, China

This is a bookstore, library, bar, and restaurant, but I was sold when I saw these magical ceilings with lights and lanterns. It looks like such a cozy place to go to browse, buy, and borrow books; eat a yummy meal or dessert; and meet authors!

Leakey’s Secondhand Bookshop in Iverness, Scotland

Pictures of this bookstore make me smile. It’s positively charming! Look at the colorful panels walls, that spiral staircase, and the rich wood and cute little railings. I love the upper floor that runs around the perimeter of the store, and that you can find cozy places to sit anywhere. They even have an open log fireplace. Sounds perfect!

Have you been to any of these bookstores and libraries? 
Do we have any of the same ones on our lists?

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