All posts tagged: Library

Closer look

Take a closer look. Behind the dusty facades, magical worlds unfold. Flecks of dust dance in slanted rays. Light illuminates slices of the interior, moving from left to right. This magical world exists undisturbed and in silence. Hold your breath. Be truly present. You will hear the faint whispers from faraway. They bear witness of extraordinary happenings. Pain. Sorrow. Death. Birth. Joy. Love. Go ahead, step inside. Feel the wooden floor creak beneath your soles. Run your fingers over the spines, holding worlds together, until you make your choice. Take a closer look, and delve into a magical world.  

Henry David Thoreau

”I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes over 700 of which I wrote myself.” Henry David Thoreau was not an instant success. The publisher of his first book returned just over 700 unsold volumes to Thoreau. Now on the other hand, Thoreau is an author, philosopher, and naturalist of international reclaim. From reading Walden, probably Thoreau’s most popular book, I remember pondering how he made ends meet. He continued to work for his family’s pencil factory and was under the inspiring wing of Emerson with jobs as tutor for Emerson’s sons and gardener. In addition, Thoreau chose to live a simpler life spending two years in a self-built hut on the bank of Walden Pond. I believe, that Thoreau, who lived from 1817 – 1862, in many ways was out of the ordinary. His yearning for a simpler living was not brought about by famine, economic ruin, or a lawman, close on his trail as many of the new comers in America, during the period. Thoreau in some ways existed in his own …

462 of you

Not so long ago, I reconsidered Louise’s Home Library and even though I didn’t actively formulate goals, a couple of them floated around in the folds of my mind. Wouldn’t it be cool if there were people out there in the blogging community who read what I wrote? YES! What a compliment it would be, if some of those readers chose to follow Louise’s Home Library! YOU BET! From February to early May 2015 many of you have drifted by Louise’s Home Library – actually more have visited during the entire year of 2014. And… 462 of you have actively chosen to follow Louise’s Home Library! THANK YOU!! I mean that. Thank you – each and every one of you. You are a major part of fulfilling my dream. My dream isn’t winning the Nobel Prize in literature or something equally grand (not yet anyway). My dream is participating a community that emphasized some of the subjects that make my heart and mind flutter i.e. reading and writing. And in extension developing my traditional hermit-hobbies …

Tithe – Holly Black

When I stumbled across this young adult novel in the library, I whispered the title aloud. The word “tithe” has a wonderful sound and it is one of the words that just tastes good. The definition of “tithe” is heavier than the pronunciation. Tithe is obligatory payment to a lord or the church well known in feudal societies. I pulled the small volume from the shelf and was equally pleased to see the cover. A bright pair of butterfly wings on a dark background with ornamental across the entire page. The cover lured me in like a moth to a flame. Pun intended. “Tithe” is a young adult novel, so of course the protagonist is a 16-year-old girl, lost in her ordinary life, who finds out that she is special in a dangerous, risky environment. No surprises there, but I was surprised by the ordinary life, Kaye inhabits. She is a modern nomad, who has followed her wannabe rock star mom around. She is no stranger to alcohol, wild and weird parties, and irresponsibility. The …

I am a book hoarder

I have at least a thousand books and I love every single one of them. “Love” may sound a bit much, but it isn’t in my opinion. My books provide a constant comfort and they keep me calm. I can’t imagine my home without books and I can’t imagine not reading at least one book at a time. My nightstand is always littered with books I am reading, about to read, or simply contemplating reading. My home library has expanded since my teens. Every time I have moved, new bookcases and shelving is a must. I admit I find it very difficult to discard books. Let this be the place, where I stand up and acknowledge that I am a book hoarder. Hi, my name is Louise, and I am a book hoarder. There are plenty of opportunities to forwarding books to other readers, but I keep 99 % – even the books that I found disappointing. You can sell your books online or at a flea market. You can give them away or donate …

Out of Hibernation

In the virtual world of today, there are numerous opportunities to share reading experiences. Blogs, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Homepages, reviews of Amazon or pretty much any other bookseller, so what makes Louise’s Home Library different? I began Louise’s Home Library in July 2012, revamping it in January 2013, but for the entirety of 2014, the blog was dormant. The short version is I was caught up in my everyday life; I did not even read for the majority of that year. However now I’m back! There are many wonderful book blogs out here and many superior writers compared to me, so back to my initial question: what makes Louise’s Home Library different? My home library is my sanctuary of books, a place of escape, learning, entertainment, and contemplation. It is also my cave, a truly safe refuge, where the daily humdrum is stilled for a series of sweet moments. Whether an entire room has been devoted to my books or just a couple of bookcases and shelves here and there and a good reading …

Louise’s Home Library – A Warm Oasis in the Arctic North

Although I chose the title and the subtitle at the spur of the moment when I created this blog, I feel they encompass the contents and the atmosphere I wish to convey. However, the subtitle is no longer true. My beloved home library and sanctuary is no longer in the Arcitc north. It has been moved south to a temperate climate. A warm oasis in a temperate climate just does not have the right zing as a subtitle. So now I have to get creative. My home library is my sanctuary of books, a place of escape, learning, entertainment, and contemplation. It is also my cave, a truly safe refuge, where the daily humdrum is stilled for a series of sweet moments. Whether an entire room has been devoted to my books or just a couple of bookcases and shelves here and there and a good reading chair in a nook, that place is home. Even if I am not reading, my home library is a place where I can be quiet or just be. …