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A list of our most beloved books, "bookish" quotes, and book lists created by librarians for librarians and the world! If you are a librarian and would like to contribute to this list, please send an email with "Attention Heidi" in the subject line to Please limit yourself or your institution to one or two pins a day. Thanks for your contributions!

I love atmospheric witch-y novels. Wonderful.

The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley. Summering with a fellow schoolboy on a great English estate, Leo, the hero of L.P. Hartley's finest novel, encounters a world of unimagined luxury. But when his friend's beautiful older sister enlists him as the unwitting messenger in her illicit love affair, the aftershocks will be felt for years. The Go-Between is a masterpiece - a richly layered, spellbinding story about past and present, naivete; and knowledge, and the mysteries of the human heart.

A chapter a day is good for your mind!

nice reading before going bed

A fictional portrait of Caterina, mother of Leonardo da Vinci, follows the life of this adventurer and alchemist from her turbulent early years, through the birth of her illegitimate son Leonardo at the age of fifteen, to the dangerous and heretical scheme she devises to protect her extraordinary son. - (Baker & Taylor)

"There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic... by British author Dianne Setterfield (source quotes by Amanda Patterson)

  • Ginnie. Crabtree

    What a shame this cannot be posted on FB as it is in Hotmail format.

  • TorontoPublicLibrary

    Sorry about that - if you try a google image search using the quotation you'll likely be able to find a version you can post to FB ... you can also search in Pinterest to find another version. Good luck !

  • Ginnie. Crabtree

    Thank you I managed to get round it and post it. Powerful words indeed.

  • TorontoPublicLibrary

    You're welcome and glad they spoke to you.

n 1960, "Little Toot," a Los Angeles Public Library bookmobile, was retired in favor of a new, larger book van. From the looks of things, officials declined to call the new touring library Big Toot.

Reading is dreaming with open eyes.

There are people diving hundreds of feet into the ocean without scuba gear. WITHOUT SCUBA GEAR. And your body adjusts to this. Humans have the mammalian dive reflex that allows for deep diving. My mind is blown. To smithereens.