Travel theme: Books

It will probably come as no surprise to you that I am a proud, (library) card-carrying bookworm;  I adore the written word. Admittedly, e-books are convenient when you have limited space in your carry on, and audio books have been my companions on many a road trip, but for me, nothing quite beats the visceral experience of cracking open a good old-fashioned printed book. This week is National Library Week so here’s my homage to the written and printed word, starting with some magnificent books from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Audubon’s illustrated The Birds of America…

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…and the Bard’s First Folio.

First Folio

My worn, dog-eared, much loved and well-travelled copy of ‘Travels with Charley’ that was a gift from a friend to accompany me on a mammoth road trip around the US.

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Occupy Wall Street’s collection of books in Zuccotti Park

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… and a collection of books from the founding fathers of the US at Independence Hall in Philly.

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I hope you’re ready to pen your own version of this week’s  theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Books
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. – Marcel Proust

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. -Mark Twain

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. – P. J. O’Rourke

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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38 Responses to Travel theme: Books

  1. Sue says:

    I’m with you on loving printed books….a friend said to me when I was downsizing that I wouldn’t need all those books……I responded that many of them were old friends, part of my history, and I wasn’t getting rid of them!

  2. aj vosse says:

    Imagine… holding your own first edition!! 😉

  3. 76sanfermo says:

    Adore this theme and your post…
    Lovely photos!

  4. Jaspa says:

    You’re a genius, Ailsa! I wrote this on Thursday, so I hope you don’t mind me including it in your challenge!…

  5. carol1945 says:

    I am an inveterate book lover too. I especially like to browse used book stores (not many of those left) and buy copies of classics that were printed in the 30’s. I don’t know why I like to do this.

  6. I am in the process of down-sizing and wondering what to do with my seven bookshelves full of books. As a start I have started to scan or photograph them, and re-read them, hoping this will allow me to at least remove enough books to at least get down one bookshelf but so far it hasn’t happened. Anyway here’s part I of this challenge, where I’m scanning and re-reading books that I bought 40 or 50 years ago:

    • There are no book police! Who says you have downsize them? I have kept all of mine; I have every single book ever given to me right back to my childhood books. I can’t bear to be parted with them 🙂

  7. Anabel Marsh says:

    As a librarian I wholeheartedly give your post the thumbs up!

  8. I love the idea of travel books. I have a collection at home that I adore looking at, reading, and occasional photograph. Here are links to a few posts I have done on travel books in the past.

    Thanks for the great theme!


  9. solitaryspinster says:

    Here are some books featuring Queen Elizabeth II who turns 90 on thursday.

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  15. arwen1968 says:

    May I submit my favourite book – all right, one of my favourite books!
    An Evening With Herodotus

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  19. Leya says:

    Hi Ailsa…late, just home from Morocco – but books are irresistable! Love the Shakespeare especially – tomorrow is the big celebration!

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  21. wildsherkin says:

    Thank you for the excuse to share my pictures – not quite as lovely and literary as your post! 🙂

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  23. i love reading printed books any day over reading on a tablet…!

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