The Most Beautiful College Libraries: Dartmouth College’s Sanborn Library

Dartmouth’s Sanborn Library houses the school’s English department, hosts afternoon tea for students and faculty, and is a hot campus study spot. It was completed in 1929. (If you visit Sanborn, you are likely to find English Majors Unite contributor and Dartmouth sophomore Michael Riordan inside, either hard at work or fast asleep.)

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Do E-Book Readers More than Book Readers?

Do you want to know more about the rising e-book business? Who actually uses their kindle? Check out this neat infographic to learn more about reading trends. The results may surprise you!

 

Why Hasn’t Hollywood Made These Books Into Movies?

Since Hollywood is known for its book-to-movie adaptations, it’s surprising that some of the most well-regarded novels of our time have gone seemingly unnoticed by the film industry. Here are some of our favorite books that we think would work well on the big screen:

THE CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen

This novel has everything: family drama, dark humor, family drama, epic subplots that cover different parts of the globe, and lots of family drama. Did we mention family drama? If this became a film, we could see most of the ensemble getting serious awards attention, because the main parts are just that good. Not to mention that The Corrections is one of the most acclaimed novels in the past three decades.

THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, by Junot Diaz

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Oscar Wao is a dazzling and highly cinematic piece of literature. Covering centuries of Dominican and American history, this novel seems set for a sprawling adaptation. The novel is highly idiosyncratic and part of the joy of reading it is found in Diaz’s crazy use of footnotes and the Spanish language, but we’d love to see what a brave director could do with this material.

THE PRIVILEGES, by Jonathan Dee

Like The Corrections, The Privileges largely focuses on intense family drama. But unlike The Corrections, where everything unravels, much of The Privileges is about existential ennui, about the little moments amidst all the craziness. The novel even opens with a lengthy, entrancing wedding scene that would work marvelously on screen. Why hasn’t this been adapted already? It’s much more accessible than our other two choices.

 

Featured Pinterest: Love of Books

This weeks board comes from what appears to be a fashionista’s mind. Mimi B’s Love of Books board finds its home among other boards about the latest fashion trends and elegant house decorations. This theme translates over to her selection of book related pins. She has a large amount of pictures of physical locations that all relate back to a book. For example, she gives her followers a picture of Yorkshire, explaining it with a quote from one of her favorite books, One Day by David Nicholls.

There are a number of One Day related pins, such as different versions of book covers and quotes from the book. She does this for other books, too, such as A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Leaving the Comfort Cafe by Dawn DeAnna Wilson and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson, among others.

Unlike the other boards, Mimi gives her followers a more comprehensive collection of bookish images. She doesn’t just show the cover of her favorite book, but she shows photographed quotes and pictures of the settings and anything else she can find. This ekphrastic quality is added on to by her fashion taste in her other boards, and is part of the reason why this particular board jumped out to us.

Like most bookish boards we stumble upon, Mimi showcases some beautiful literary gems. She finds items that are a must-have in the home of any book lover. For all of you flapper-aged souls:

Some of the quotes she finds are also worth a mention. There are an assortment of chuck-worthy someecards and relatable bookfession posts. There are even items such as mugs and bookmarks with quotes on them. They’re all worth a good laugh, and maybe even a sigh of frustration for wanting to buy something you know you don’t need (but won’t it look beautiful in your bookshelf?) My personal favorite quote:

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Overall, this board brought us a refreshing amount of variety. Though it is certainly bookish, it isn’t completely fixated on book images alone. It showed us new sites, kind of like a really good book can do. But that isn’t to say that it lacked the simple yet classic bookish pictures. They may not be as exciting as some of the other finds, like those Gatsby cigarettes, but these images are priceless.

From Page to Screen: Upcoming Movie Adaptations from Famous Filmmakers

As the film year comes to a close and Oscar season heats up, we have our eyes set on three movie adaptations of popular books that will soon arrive in American theaters.

First, scheduled to come out on November 16 is Joe Wright’s (director of AtonementPride & Prejudice) adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley in the title role.

The film looks visually stunning, and with Wright’s pedigree, it should be good. Trailer.

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On November 21, Oscar contender Life of Pi, directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee (director of Brokeback MountainCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), is set to be released. The novel sounds practically unfilmable:

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with aBengal tiger.

However, the  buzz about the film is only building. Trailer.

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Finally, Peter Jackson’s (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong) long-awaited adaptation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit debuts on December 14.

After The Lord of the Rings films seized audiences’ hearts around the world, Jackson has a tough act to follow! Trailer.

Featured Pinterest: Book Porn

This week’s featured board is Jennifer Berry’s Book Porn. This board, perhaps suggested by its name, is much more image based than our previous highlights. If you’re a book porn lover like we are, then you are sure to enjoy these beautiful images.

She has the typical assortment of bookshelf photos, each of them stunning and breathtaking, some of which remind me of the popular site, bookshelfporn.com. But if you keep scrolling through, you can find bookshelves like you’ve never seen before. As someone who has seen millions of pictures, these truly stand out to me.

I wish I had an outdoor bookshelf like this. It’s kind of like a secret, bookish tree house. I’d rather come here and read than go to the beach any day. This place has a certain solitude meant for reading.

This board can also give the viewer cool ideas for bookshelves. Building an outdoor house, like the one above, may be a bit ambitious. But she has other, simpler ones as well. It ranges from putting books in a  closet (who needs the clothing space anyway?) and a variety of different types of ‘bookshelf stairs’. My personal favorite is using old crates and turning them into a beautiful, vintage bookshelf:

Safe to say, this is one of the most simple yet beautiful literary boards I have seen! Jennifer has successfully found a collection of beautiful photographs that would make any book lover swoon. Her board truly does live up to its provocative name.

Read your books and eat them, too?

Let’s talk brain food. Skip past the fruits and veggies and Omega-3s and get down to the uncontested best course — dessert. While for some bibliophiles it may seem almost sacrilegious to dig your fork into a copy of Emma, Atlas Shrugged, The Giving Tree, or any of the Harry Potter books, these seriously cool images of literary cakes courtesy of Booklicious prove that you can indeed have your cake and read it, too. Yum!

If those hit the spot, check out Booklicious’ June 2012 feature of another batch of book cakes, this time focusing on the more bizarre and disturbing side of the industry. (But we’ll bet they probably still taste good.)

Fresh for Fall: Literary-inspired fashion for back-to-school

If it seems that beach season is winding down too quickly for you to match your reading list to your two-piece, never fear — the quest to coordinate the book you’re toting around with your wardrobe endures for fall! This slideshow from the Huffington Post presents 10 options for hitting the books in style this semester, whether you’re into Homer, Hawthorne, or Harper Lee.

A fresh take on “suit jackets”

Have you ever noticed how well bikinis match up to the covers of some of the greatest works of literature? Oh, you haven’t? That’s because it’s a freaking weird thing to notice.

Well, I have to agree with Gaby Dunn of ThoughtCatalog on this one. I can’t say I’ve ever spotted someone’s suit while soaking up the summer sun, sand, and surf and thought, “Oh look, Slaughterhouse 5!” or “Gosh, there goes Crime and Punishment!” But I’ll give credit where credit is due: Matchbook.nu has capitalized on filling a void the literary world didn’t even know existed. Maintained at the matchbook headquarters in San Francisco by a mononymous Kate, the site pairs bathing suits and book jackets.

A simple, uncluttered Tumblr page, matchbook.nu features selected swimwear juxtaposed with a book cover it closely resembles. Beneath the images you’ll find the book’s first sentence, the cover designer, and the retailer and price of the bikini. Have a look at the Vonnegut pairing:

Not bad, right? Here’s a Dostoevsky classic (and may I add that this suit, not to mention the resulting tanlines, seems like it would indeed be a “punishment”):

“And then there were” an Agatha Christie match and one for the guys, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi:

The site only launched in mid-July but fortunately, you should have just enough time left this summer to get one of these flashy suits, crack open the accompanying title, and impress beach-goers and book lovers alike.