‘Book Bites’ for Thursday 7th November 2013

Leafing through the pages – Over at the Paris Review website, debut novelist Amy Grace Loyd tells us why she has a thing for squirrelling away tree leaves between the pages of books.

You know, that’s one of the reasons I love physical books as opposed to electronic. One can use them as a repository for storing found objects. And the joy of rediscovering that which one has hidden in a book and long forgotten? Indescribable!

Match the meal – Interesting quiz set up at Buzzfeed, in which savvy readers are invited to guess which books are matched to various fictitious meal scenes. It’s all in recognition of a new book coming in 2014 from designer Dinah Fried, called Fictitious Dishes.

Of the dishes presented in the quiz some are instantly recognisable, and others are not quite so. Regardless, 10 out of 10 for creativity.

Albert Camus on ‘happiness, unhappiness and our self-imposed prisons’ – The brilliant Brain Pickings is always good for a strong dose of literary goodness, and today, on the occasion of Albert Camus’ 100th birthday, they dive into the notebooks of the French genius to reveal his thoughts on the opposing themes of happiness and sorrow.

‘Book Bites’bringing you tasty bite-size morsels of bookish news and delight from around the web.
About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. Thanks for The Paris Review article – some gentle thoughts about the things that linger in our books. Photographs of road trips to Mali!
    And I love the Brain Pickings site. Camus’ words about un/happiness are worth a good think through, especially as I don’t mind not-happiness which can be a very distilled and productive state.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      I’m a huge fan of storing memories in books. It’s one of the reasons I love the physical objects soooo much. I adore the Brain Pickings website too, although they could perhaps do a bit more to vary things, aside from just quoting out of books all the time. Am I being harshly critical? Probably! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by, Cat.
      Rob x