I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale. (via bookporn)



In 2014 Reading Is Beautiful Season 2 we collected photography of books in the stores and libraries. Smell the enchantment?

Reading Is Beautiful 第二季从网络中收集了书籍在书店和图书馆中的倩影。无论在世界的哪个角落,总是有这样一个像秘密花园一样的地方随时恭候渴望静谧的人。有的书井井有条地排布,有的书店从地面到房顶都堆满了书,有的地方成了爱书人们的聚会之所,有的则成为城市的骄傲。


Read More