Reading is fundamental.

Books are as essential as breathing.
via Tiny Prints
The choice of what we curl up with is important.
Lisa Warninger via Life in Lingerie

It can mean the difference between learning something new or uncovering long lost stories from the past.  Laurie Frankel
photo: Laurie Frankel
Speaking of stories, being read to is like good medicine. Stories have such power, they do not require that you do, be, or act anything.  All you do is listen.
Kathy and Me flickr
Good books provide comfort, consolation and the companionship that we all crave.
Debi Treloar reading
For some, a magazine can be a source of inspiration. Boy, don't we know that!
On a chaise in the garden, under a beach umbrella, or in a wingback by the fire, books can be an escape.
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The best books are passed down from generation to generation. Perhaps an old favorite that you loved as a child.
3 girls by Claire Richardson
There are many other ways to enjoy books besides reading them. We all know that too!
Our blogger friend Brooke Giannetti once bought 1050 leather books, from a friend's house sale.  Some for at home and some for the store.
Brooke Giannetti Home Brooke Giannetti Store

Searching for that next irresistible volume in which to lose yourself can turn book browsing into a meditative art.

Everyone should have 3 well-paved roads to finding a good page-turner.
A proper bookstore,
a choice secondhand haunt,

and a civilized lending library.

I like my library, I mean it's kind of ok.  I'm funny, I like to be the only one on my isle. So many times I have really weird people who always seem to be looking at the same section as me!
Visiting a secondhand-book store is almost like a religious experience. It is a place where time stands still, hours become minutes and I am literally lost in time. These old places I love!

Photo by John Ayo | Click for link
They are filled with leather-bound and tattered jackets, and the musty scent of dog-eared pages.
Some secondhand stores are old ramshackle haunts with vague subject categories stacked to the rafters.
They are certainly worth wandering into though because you never know what you will find.
The choice secondhand stores have entire rooms devoted to subject categories. Alphabetized according to the author and occasionally in their original jackets.
Cooking, classics, gardening, art, history, and mystery to name a few. Speaking of cooking, I am loving this cookbook library located in The Tyler Florence Shop in Mill Valley California.
And "check out" this old theatre turned into a bookstore.  I wonder if they show movies too?
theatre bookstore via google images
Your not so typical espresso bar in New York City.
Put finding a fabulous book on your list this week and always remember to pick one out for a friend. 
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  We all know about Amazon but I wanted to mention another great online source for books, Abe Books.  At Abe, you can pick up this first edition signed copy of Breakfast at Tiffany's for only $6,500 (i know)+ $4.50 shipping.
Their inventory of books for sale from different booksellers includes the world’s finest antiquarian books dating back to the 15th century, countless out-of-print gems, millions of signed books, millions of used copies, a vast selection of college textbooks and new books too.  click to visit

Have you read a good book lately?


Gigi said...

What a fantastic post! As a writer and a teacher of writing, books are my life. Our house is packed with books, and we are always adding more to the collection. Like you, I adore used bookstores, and I feel lucky that I live in a town with loads of them, one of which is just three doors away from my own. Heaven! Thanks for this inspiring post. xo Gigi

Juju at Tales of said...

I could not agree more. I can't imagine my life with out books :)

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

I got lost in this post! So many memories in so many bookstores.
Thank you for these thoughts.

desde my ventana said...

An interesting,beautiful and inspiring post...thank you!!!

Maria Killam said...

Lisa you sweet and adorable woman!! Thank you so much for your fabulous comment! And I love your post and your blog too! Your posts truly have a wonderful feeling to them, so you!!
You have made my day, that's it I'm complete :)

Champagne/StitchPoet/CrushParty said...

I have bookcases on the brain! love this post. I think I'm going to turn all the books in one of my bookcases around backwards and then tie some twill tape or linen on a few bunches... hmmm... might look ok, right? it's a bunch of paperbacks that I can't seem to pass along for one reason or another....(psst. love your blog!)xo

Dustjacket Attic said...

So I came over at just the right post.....LOVE books! Huge collector of first editions with surprise there!

I love Abe and second hand bookstores are the best. I loved how you described them and the fact that you lose so much time in them.

Just wanted to say thank you for your lovely comment and for adding DJ's to your reading list and thank you so much for the link too.

xoxo DJ

A Country Farmhouse said...

I've been absorbed in baby books...which are page turners in their own way! Unfortunately, I haven't had the time to read any novels. I miss them though because there's nothing like immersing yourself in a good book. I love that feeling.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

GREAT post...the photos were titilating...and tantalizing. So so true. I always take a deep breath when I walk into our gorgeous little local bookstore!

EntertainingMom said...

Gorgeous post as always!

Michelle said...

Your posts are always so beautiful, and there is nothing more beautiufl and meaningful as a book, with it's layers of thought.

Great Post!!


Mosaicista Appassionata said...

you are so right.
I love books but I am not a fast reader like someone I know who can read a huge book in 3 days and can't go to sleep without it.
That picture from NY bar with the books,!!!! what's the name of the place ..? great blog, I think I may have stumbled on it in the past or I don't remember.
Take care and continue to have this wonderful quality and insight on your blog.

Lisa said...

For those who want to learn more about the design behind the fabulous espresso bar, visit the link below the photo. The establishment is called D'espresso. Located in Midtown East (Manhattan). It's amazing!

kayce hughes said...

Just found your blog tonight. Greetings from Nashville.

~Barb~ said...

Thanks to the wonderful Kelly Kilmer, I have found my way here...and what a perfect time to have found you. This has been the most pleasurable read and the photos make it even more enjoyable. What a feast for the eyes (and the brain). Many thanks.
Peace & Love,

Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

Wonderful post LIsa!! Who doesn't love a good read and even better is the search for the perfect ones. :)
Best wishes for a lovely weekend!

Jeanne xx

PS..Love you new header!