Wednesday, April 25, 2007


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I saw a while ago on some blog, the amazing idea about everyone posting a photo on their blog with the same subject matter. In my opinion one of the best ways to get to know someone is to look at their bookshelves. Indeed, the books on my shelves tell a lot of stories about me. So, the subject matter I would like to propose to you all is: .


1. I invite you all to visit Gená Franco, from Entretantos... and see her bookshelves and her workplace. Thank you Gená for participate!

2. You must come to visit Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods, from Norway and to read about her love for books! Thank you Britt-Arnhild for your participation!

3. I bet you will enjoy the amazing post about Bookshelf at Imagine What I’m Leaving Out, Judy’s blog. Thank you Judy, you did a great job!

4. I invite you all to see the bookshelves and many books all over the house of Freefalling. I want to thanks to Freefalling, a new friend from Melbourne, for her participation!

5. You must come to see the bookshelves in the office of Geraldo, from 21st Century Grandpa and also the books in his sons' bedrooms. Thanks Geraldo, for your participation!

6. You will enjoy the visit to PJ, another blog’s friend from Golden Oasis . She shows her books and bookshelves spread all around her house and also told us stories about them. Thanks PJ for joining us!

7. I invite you all to see the bookshelves and books spread all over the house and the atelier of the Brazilian painter and sculptor Eduardo Penteado Lunardelli, from the blog Varal de Idéias. You can see also his photos, art's objects, Cds and memories treasures. For the abroad people, Eduardo add a translator's tool you see at the right sidebar. Thanks Eduardo for joining us!

8. One more person in love with books! You must come to visite Belinha, from Palavras Cruzadas . She shows her bookshelves and tells us about her preferences in literature. Thanks Belinha, for your participation!

9. Another friend in love with books show his bookshelf! Valter Ferraz, from Perplexoinside tells us that his books are all around the house. He promises to post more photos. Valter has also a blog only about literature. Worth to visit Rodadas Literárias. Thanks Valter for joining us!

10. If you enjoy books, you must to visit Beader Girl Jewels blog and appreciate her very tidy bookshelves. Her bookshelves are all around the house and she has catalogued all them with her very own system adapted to her special space. You can see the antique pictures of her mother, of her siblings and remembrance of her childhood. Thanks Beader Girl, for participate!

11. You need to go visit Patricia’s library! You will enjoy the photos of her bookshelves that holds a lot of books about books, cartoons, arts, publishing, writings and many books of her own hand-made books. Patricia is cartoonist, illustrator and has a blog about books, named BookLust. Thanks Patricia for joining us!

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Some quotes I like:

"The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you the knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination." -
Elizabeth Hardwick , US writer (1916 - )

"Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered." W. H. Auden - US (English-born) critic & poet (1907 - 1973)

"The surest way to spot a non-reader: someone who comes into your house, looks at your books, and asks, 'Have you read all these?'" - Nick Hornby, English writer (1957 - )

"Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content. " - Paul Valery - French critic & poet (1871 - 1945)

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." -
Groucho Marx - US comedian with Marx Brothers (1890 - 1977)

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention." -
Sir Francis Bacon - English author, courtier, & philosopher (1561 - 1626)

“If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it” - Toni Morrison - American Writer, Teacher and Editor. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved; won Nobel Prize for Literature, 1993, b.1931. (1931 - )

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.” -
William Styron - American Writer and Novelist - Confessions of Nat Turner b.1925.(1925-2006)

PS: If you want to participate, post a bookshelf photo on your blog and please, send me your link.

Photos by Sonia A. Mascaro


  1. Sonia, this is a great idea. I have books in nearly every room of my house (all except the dining room, where I know yours are). I will try to remember to post a photo of the main one in my living room.

  2. Dear Sonia,

    Yours booksheves, the books and the photos are marvelous!



  3. Sonia... amei a sua foto com as crianças... minha irmã usava o cabelo assim, eu era pequena e era fã dela, adorava ver como ela se arrumava, os vestidos que mandava fazer etc... fiz uma viagem no tempo quando vi aqui...
    Tenho 2 estantes pequenas de livros... :-) Beijos!

  4. Great quotes and a great amount of books, Sonia! My Goodness! I have one third of your stock. You must be an avid reader. I used to read constantly but my life got busy about fifteen years ago and now I read occasionally. I miss it.

    That a great idea. I especially like the black and white.

  5. I will do this soon...I'll let you know when! Love the idea!

  6. Mmmmmmmmm, what great book shelves, packed full of ideas, memories,stories and information.

  7. You have so many books!! I do not even begin to have that many. I probably have less than 50, or around that number. We have a very small home, so I can't collect too much stuff! I loved the quotes, especially that one by Paul Valery.

  8. Sonia,
    adorei, assim que tiver um tempinho mando minha foto.

  9. Wow! And I thought we had a lot of books!

    I love the black and white with you and the kids...awesome!

  10. Wonderful idea! I would just need to put all of my books in one place - they are scattered throughout my house!
    I will play just may take me a day.
    Sorry I haven't been visiting much; I will try to do better!

  11. Hi Sonia
    Wow your book shelf is well stocked. i have taken boxes of paper backs to our local charity shop but kept all my late Husbands and my hard cover books,will take photo of them soon. my Hubbie loved Wilbur Smith books , i read Di Morresey , Catherine Cookson all set in Australian outback and also i like Dannielle Steele.

  12. Ahhh, It's nice to check out your blog again, I haven't been here in awhile. I love books. Your bookshelf is amazing. Someday I want one like yours. That photo of you and your daughter is wonderful.

  13. I, too, love books! Love your photos (so comforting)! Awesome quotes, too!

  14. Sonia,
    You surely got my attention, I'm a book worm too, and Monteiro Lobato was also a favorite in my childhood. I've recently donated many boxes of books to a local community library, but I still have plenty (among them, the complete works of Lobato), spread among my office, my sons' bedrooms and many closets... I'll take some pictures and post them as soon as I have some time.

  15. I like those quotes. I have always been a fan of the Marx Brothers, especially Groucho. His quote is funny.

    I really enjoyed the beautiful photos in the previous post. What a great place!!

  16. Wonderful idea, Sonia...I have a new post I am putting up in just a few minutes..But maybe my next one after that, I will show my bookcases...First, I have to take some pictures of!
    Yours are fabulous, by the way.

  17. Sonia, I like books like you and I have walls with it! The photo of you and your familiy is wonderful.


  18. I've got your greek books! And wow, what lovely photos.

  19. Hi Sonia. I love your pictures, and I love your blog. I found your link on Jamie Dawn's blog and decided to follow it home. I'm glad I did, as your site is wonderful.

    I look forward to reading more of your work, and hope you'll pop by my blog as well.

    All the best,


  20. Yes, this is a great idea, Sonia. I'll do that sometime this week. Books do tell a whole lot about a person.

  21. I'm working on these BOOK pictures, Sonia...So far, I haven't got any really good ones..But I love the idea of it!

    Soon, I hope, my dear...(lol)

  22. Hi Sonia.
    Here is my contribution. Not a bookshelf, but a stack of books, words telling about me as a Reader, and a link to your blog;-)

  23. I will have to do this...but cannot do it right away. Maybe this weekend down at the new house!


  24. Sonia, my blookshelves are on my blog now. Come see!

  25. I will try to get a picture of my book shelfs --- all made by Norm!

    Thank you for your lovely comments on my photos - and yours are always great, too. Digital cameras make experts out of everyone!!


  26. Fun idea - I shall give it a go! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. I love the quotes (my favourite is Nick Hornby's - beacause it is soooo true!). I'm looking forward to trawling through all your entries and reading about life in Brazil.

  27. Sonia,
    obrigada pela citação do "Entretantos".

  28. Thank you for this lovely peek into your book world. I love the old photos too. Thanks so much for your recent visits to Flying. I referenced you today!

  29. Sonia...I am going to do this one...I am woirking on it, but just am not ready yet....I promise I will tell you when I post it, my dear...

  30. I had a go and did it!!! My post for today (5/3/07)shows my bookshelves. So..what does my bookshelf say about me? Thanks for the fun idea Sonia.
    Here's my link:

  31. Wow, what an amazing bookshelf ... I love it. I looooooove books, and can never have too many. I frequent the local library, I can spend hours in there.
    Thanks for a look at your bookshelf.
    Take care, Meow

  32. i get very excited looking at all those books - all that knowledge, waiting to be learned.

  33. What an interesting idea Sonia and how nice to see your bookshelves. That's an especially lovely photo of you with the children. And sweet of you and your lovely daughter too.
    We have walls lined with bookshelves too :)

  34. I love the pictures of your bookcases. I'll have to take some pictures of mine and post them to my blog. It might take a couple of days though. I'll let you know. I also love your quotes I might have to add the one to my blog.

  35. What a great idea! And what a wonderful blog you have! Have you seen my pics of my library?

  36. Claro que é sua PAIXÃO, os seus livros, a sua casa! Ótima participação no POST IN PROGRESS. Literalmente. esse post não tinha ACABADO lá. Tem muito a dizer ainda. Muito obrigado, minha AMIGA de TODAS as horas!

    Bjs e um BOM FIM DE DOMINGO!

  37. Sonia

    Sua paixão é uma das boas. Daquelas que nos fizeram chegar, onde chegamos.

    Foi através dos livros que a humanidade evoluiu. Mas temo que eles estejam condenados.
    Cada vez mais, a tecnologia encontrará meios de substituí-los, e haverá o dia em que compraremos uma enciclopédia inteira através, de algumas centenas de milhões de bits alucinados. (aliás, isso já pode ser feito)

    Gostei do seu "cantinho"

  38. Belo ambiente. Muitos livros. Gosto. Acho que também vou desvendar a minha casa. Bjs.

  39. Sônia
    Sua Paixão é um Paixão, que casa gosta, dá gosto de sentar num cantinho e mergulhar nessa biblioteca cuidada com tanto carinho.
    Aos poucos vamos nos conhecendo mais, legal não é?
    Bjs, Denise

  40. Sonia
    Cada canto, cada livro, fotos... a sua paixão é o sonho que todos nós gostaríamos de realizar.
    Sua casa diz muito da pessoa que você é, e nota-se que tudo tem o seu toque pessoal com muita riqueza e detalhes preciosos de uma vida.

  41. Sonia, tantas coisas boas nesta sua linda postagem sobre Paixão, que bom compartilhar com os amigos, que vamos descobrindo proximidades, similaridades. A leitura também faz parte deste universo de prazer.
    Adoreis as citações.


    Ju Gioli


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