Hey y’all… Happy Friday!😉
Friday Faves is a little meme where I can post some of my absolute favorite book related topics, including various tropes, awesome heroes/heroines, bad boys, bookish stuff and well… WHATEVER!
*REMEMBER: All the books featured on Friday Faves are books that I have read and adored at some point unless specifically noted!
THIS MONTH’S THEME:
Libraries or Bookstores I Want to Explore
(thanks to https://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com for the awesome idea…!)
I’ll admit, I’m a certified book nerd, I always have been (tho I tried to hide that in my teen years..😳)! And I would LOVE to travel around the globe to visit some of these AMAZING and WONDROUS bookstores and libraries. I’ll list a few each Friday, not in any particular order. Let me know if you’ve visited these places or if you’d recommend any!😍 (unfortunately, due to COVID, several places are closed to the public or may be restricted)
YALE UNIVERSITY BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY — NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, USA
The Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds the distinction of being the largest building in the world that serves the express purpose of preserving rare books and manuscripts, which alone undoubtedly makes it one of the best libraries in the world. The library’s impressive holdings celebrate significant authors like Rudyard Kipling, D.H. Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, and Joseph Conrad through its special collections. Beinecke’s central shelving area includes glass walls and soft lighting to protect the works from direct light. Accessible to the public as a tourist attraction, the library’s exhibition hall displays many of the library’s rare works, including one of only 48 copies in existence of a treasured Gutenberg Bible.
Maastricht, the Netherlands
In the very heart of the historic city, in a place where history meets modernity, there’s one place that truly encapsulates it all. The Boekhandel Dominicanen (otherwise known as the Bookstore Dominicanen in English) is a dream destination for those who love both history and reading, preferably together.
First constructed for use as a Dominican Church in the 13th-century and consecrated in 1294, the building where the bookstore can now be found is constructed in the Gothic style. Think imposing exterior, high vaulted ceilings, and wide window openings to match. Once inside, there’s even a 14th-century fresco depicting scenes of Thomas Aquinas’ life to be admired.
Absolutely gorgeous in totally different ways! Have a fantastic day y’all!💜