The “Bookish extras” explained

For those of you who may not have noticed, I also have a few extra pages on my blog, filled with Bookish extras. I thought it might come in handy for me to list the different pages and the type of content you can find there. So, read on and go discover!

First up, the Bookish Fun Facts!

What can you find here? Well, the title says it all:  a number of Fun Facts about books, authors and language in general. Here are my top 5 favourite bookish fun facts:

The longest printed sentence can be found in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, at 823 words long.

J. K. Rowling said Fred was one of her personal favourites and cried while writing about his death.

People in Iceland read more books per capita than in any other country.

Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase. The fake books included titles such as The Life of a Cat in 9 volumes.

The world’s most expensive book ever purchased was bought by Bill Gates for $30.8 million. It was Codex Leicester by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Next up are the Bookish Libraries.

This page contains pictures of book shelves, cosy reading spots and imaginative ways of storing books. At the bottom of the page, you can also find pictures of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Some highlights:

Then we get the Bookish Quotes.

This is actually one of my favourite pages. Whenever I’m reading a book and come upon a line or phrase that really gets to me, I copy it and add it to this page. So what can you find here? A bunch of quotes from books that I love (and sometimes I cheat and a line from a TV-show creeps in). A selection:

“To die would be an awfully big adventure.” (J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan)

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.” (J.K. Rowling- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

“The trouble is, sometimes words are like arrows. Once you shoot them, there’s no going back.” (Jess Rothenberg – The Catastrophic History of You and Me)

“The story so far: in the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” (Douglas Adams – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

“Every story ever told really happened. Stories… are where memories go when they’re forgotten.” (Doctor Who – Episode 9.12)

The second to last page is filled with Bookish Thoughts.

These are not quotes and lines from books, but quotes from authors or from others about books and reading. These are usually a little more philosophical and/or highlight the pleasure and advantages of reading. I find these in books, articles, online, … And when I find one I like, I add it to the list. Do you know of any interesting Bookish Thoughts? Let me know and I’ll add them too! My top 3 at the moment:

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” (Jane Austen)

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” (Aldous Huxley – Brave New World)

“Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age the child is grown and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.” (Edna St. Vincent Millay)

And last but not least: Bookish Vocabulary!

Now, this is my actual favourite page of all of the Bookish extras. It’s filled with words specific to the book-world, with their explanations. Almost every one of these terms and characteristics applies to me: I hoard books like a bilbiotaph, I’m a librocubicularist who reads in bed and a true Potterphile that loves the Harry Potter books and films, and so on… Some of my favourites:

Abibliophobia = the fear of running out of reading material

Benkinersophobia = the fear of not receiving a letter from Hogwarts on your 11th birthday

Someone who is book-bosomed carries a book with them at all times

Tsundoku = the act of buying a book and leaving it unread, often piled together with other unread books

Verbivore = someone who devours or feasts on words

I hope this helps you navigate my pages and hopefully, you’ll discover something new on each and every one! If you have ideas or things you’d like to add to these pages, be sure to let me know. I also love discovering new things and expanding these pages. (And yes, I admit, I often just scroll through these, rereading and rediscovering these bookish beauties)

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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