The Best Gifts for Book Lovers: 2021

The Madman’s Library: The Greatest Curiosities of Literature by Brooke-Hitching, published by Chronicle Books

Mental Floss: The Curious Reader: Facts About Famous Authors and Novels; Book Lovers and Literary Interest; A Literary Miscellany of Novels & Novelists by Erin McCarthy, published by Weldon Owen

Serendipitous Discoveries from the Bookshelf by Alexander Atkins, published by AAD Publishing (A book written by a book collector and graphic designer specifically for book lovers!)

Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread by Michiko Katutani, published by Clarkson Potter

Guarded by Dragons: Encounters with Rare Books and Rare People by Rick Gekoski, published by Constable

Remarkable Books: The World’s Most Historic and Significant Works by DK Publishing

Do You Read Me? Bookstores Around the World by Marianne Strauss, published by Gestalten

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich, published by Workman Publishing Company

The Bright Book of Life: Novels to Read and Reread by Harold Bloom, published by Knopf

Bookstores: A Celebration of Independent Booksellers by Stuart Husband, published by Prestel

The Library: A Fragile History by Andrews Pettegree, published by Basic Books

Treasures of the New York Public Library by staff of NYPL, published by St. Martin’s Press

For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library by Thatcher Wine, published by Gibbs Smith

The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books that Changed Their Lives by Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager, published by HarperOne

Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature by Angus Fletcher, published by Simon & Schuster

Book Towns: Forty-Five Paradises of the Printed Word by Alex Johnson, published by Frances Lincoln

The Look of the Book by David Alworth, published by Ten Speed Press

Any leather-bound book from Easton Press or the Folio Society

ENJOY THE BOOK. If you love reading Atkins Bookshelf, you will love reading the book — Serendipitous Discoveries from the Bookshelf. The beautifully-designed book (416 pages) is a celebration of literature, books, fascinating English words and phrases, inspiring quotations, literary trivia, and valuable life lessons. It’s the perfect gift for book lovers and word lovers.

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The Best Book Gift Ideas for Book Lovers: 2019

Peter Pan, a facsimile of the unpublished manuscript Peter Pan & Wendy by J. M. Barrie, published by Editions des Saints Peres (SP Books)

Man-Made Wonders of the World by Dan Cruickshank, published by DK

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and Illustrated by P. J. Lynch, leather-bound with gilded page ends, published by Easton Press

Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s by Joan Didion, published by the Library of America

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Library by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a miniature library of 60 volumes, published by Miniaturbuchverlag Leipzig.

Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books by Nina Freudenberger

Remarkable Books: A Celebration of the World’s Most Beautiful and Historic Works edited by Kathryn Hennessy, published by DK

Browse: Love Letters to Bookshops Around the World edited by Henry Hitchings

Leonardo by Leonardo by Martin Kemp, published by Taschen to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death

Massimo Listri: The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries by Georg Rupplet, an oversized book published by Taschen

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, published by the Macmillan Collector’s Library

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and illustrated by Jonathan Burton, 2-volume slip-cased special edition published by the Folio Society

The Secret Life of Books by Tom Mole

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters and More by Graham Tarrant

Philosophers: Their Lives and Works edited by Hugo Wilkinson, published by DK

For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library by Thatcher Wine and Elizabeth Lane

The Odyssey by Homer, published by Arcturus

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham by H. P. Lovecraft and edited by Leslie Klinger, published by Liveright

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BONUS: For book lover that are also word lovers:

Scrabble Linen Vintage Book Edition Board Game

BONUS: For book lovers that also enjoy jigsaw puzzles, who can resist these clever literary-themed puzzles:

Best Seller Book Covers Puzzle White Mountain
Great Book Covers by White Mountain
Christmas Book Covers by White Mountain
Jane Austen Novel Book Covers by Re-marks
Hardy Boy Book Covers by Cobble Hill
Pulitzer Prize Book Covers by Re-marks
American Classic Book Covers by Re-marks
British Classic Book Covers by Re-marks

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The Best Books About Books for Book Lovers: 2018

The Art of Reading: An Illustrated History of Books in Paint by Jamie Camplin

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount

A Book of Book Lists: A Bibliophile’s Compendium by Alex Johnson

The Book Lovers’ Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey

Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word by Alex Johnson

The Great American Read: The Book of Books by Jessica Allen

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Readling Life by Anne Bogel

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells

A Library Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey

Massimo Listri: The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries by Elisabeth Sladek

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich

Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions by Alberto Manguel

Writers: Their Lives and Works edited by Angela Wilkes

Writers and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi

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I Am What Libraries Have Made Me

atkins-bookshelf-booksThe wise philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus was extremely curious and according to biographer Diogenes Laetius (Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, circa 250 AD), taught himself by asking himself questions. In this regard, Heraclitus (for the prurient-minded, the correct pronunciation is: “HARE-ah-clie-tuss”) had a very unconventional — not to mention low-cost — education; he was a walking classroom, absorbing everything around him: “the things that can be seen, heard, and learned are what I prize the most.” But the greatest teacher for Heraclitus were the books he discovered in the libraries of Greece; his famous statement, which has resounded throughout the centuries, is the ultimate testament to libraries: “I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.” Astute readers will note Heraclitus’s subtle dig at the academe — which explains why you will never see this quote on a college recruitment brochure or website.

Heraclitus, and any bibliophile, would welcome the stunningly beautiful coffee table book that honors the glorious library, the temple of books: The Library: A World History by James Campbell. In the introduction, Campbell, who is fellow and director of studies in architecture and history of art at Queens’ College, Cambridge, notes the critical role of libraries in culture: “Libraries can be much more than simply places to store books. Throughout the ages, the designs of the greatest library buildings have celebrated the act of reading and the importance of learning. They have become emblems of culture, whether it be for an individual, an institution, or even a whole nation.” Campbell’s oversized book is full of engravings and lush photos (by London photographer Will Pryce) of some of the world’s greatest libraries from the Middle Ages to the modern age. The author introduces the reader to the very first libraries of the ancient world, established between 5400 BC to 600 AD, that were lost to the sands of time: the library at Ebla, the library of Ashurbanipal, the Temple of Horus, the Attalid library, the library of Pergamum, the library of Celsus, and the legendary library of Alexandria that  housed up to 700,00o works. The book concludes by showcasing the libraries of the modern, digital world: the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum (Japan); the Information, Communications and Media Center, BTU Cottbus (Germany), the Ultrecht University Library (Netherlands); the National Library of China (China); the Bodleian Library (England); the Grimm Center (Germany), and the very humble, by comparison to the others, Liyuan Library (China). After reading this book, you cannot help but develop a profound appreciation for Heraclitus’s remark about libraries. This book, awash in a sea of  thousands of ebooks, is truly remarkable and belongs on the bookshelf of every bibliophile.

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