Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader


You know you are a book nerd when you start collecting photos and misc tidbits about books. Here a few I found cluttering up my files:

  Do you know the French have a word specific to their country addressing booksellers? I came across the word Bouquinistes in a review and became intrigued. The photo and info are both from Wikipedia.
Bouquinistes are small bookstores in Paris, on each side of the River Seine. They are green boxes made ​​of wood. They were classified as a World Heritage Site in 1991. The word bouquinistes is used only in Paris. The word comes from bouquin, book in French slang.

Gluten-free is the new buzz in product promotion. I spotted a sign signifying a snack as being gluten-free: an apple? Really. I did have to stop and click when I came across this sign in a used books store display window: 

Another slice of book interest, a Kindle ad in a magazine: 

Have you come across a free library tucked away somewhere expected? I discovered this one situated in a quiet little neighborhood. It looked child-centered. How fun it would to be a kid and check for new books or exchange ones out! 

What about you, dear readers–any fun, interesting, wonderful noteworthy bookish bits to share?

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13 thoughts on “BookMarks 

  1. I saw a post once with these outdoor borrowing book cabinets and found the endearing. Loved your other book “finds,” too.

  2. I was in Paris in March and saw those wonderful Bouquinistes. They haven’t changed much since I was an au pair girl there in the 80s. They seem to be selling much of the same things too!

  3. I love this post! Sadly I don’t have any cool bookish things near me. But I’ll definitely be checking out those bouquinistes when I’m in Paris. I bet there are lots of little gems to be found there.

  4. Those libraries look wonderful, one day I think I will attach one to my house, when I move to a different one that is. The only bookish thing of any note near me is my own collection but i’m saving showing that off for a rainy day.

  5. i love the idea of the free little libraries and i always hope i’ll stumble across one some day.

  6. I am a bookworm. I love the idea of the little free libraries. I also enjoyed the rest of your post, including the French libraries on the Seine, the warning sign, and the gluten free sign. I use my Nook a lot because it is so convenient, I am able to obtain a lot of free books and I can carry it in my purse. Reading is life to me.

  7. Just reignited my love affair with libraries this summer when I got my official Portland library card. Didn’t realize how far libraries had come with the online holds that can be picked up at a location of your choosing. And, I have a library a block away, so I’m very spoiled!

  8. I love this post! I am happy to know there are bibliomaniacs out there who believe the old-fashioned book with never go out of style (and will not have an adverse effect on those like me with nutritional restrictions). 🙂 Thank you for liking my post.

  9. I shared this delightful post on Facebook. It’s too good to keep to ourselves.

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