Beautiful Reading Places

I’ve been trying to keep up with reading JUST one book a month and I failed terribly in April. What’s my excuse this time? Well, I’ve been running around getting essentials we’ll need for Theo when he arrives (hopefully this Sunday!).

Instead of reading novels, I’ve been equipping myself with babycare knowledge. When my sister-in-law visited in April, she brought along the Babycare: Everything You Need to Know book. That’s probably the only pre-birth book that I’ve read. Unfortunately, babies don’t come with manuals when they’re born so this is a really handy book to give a broad overview of what needs to be done.



Anyway, I chanced upon an article on the Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Read and I’m dumbfounded. Really, there are such bookstores and libraries with so much character?

I’m so glad that the Oxford Bodleian libraries were included on the list. Here’s a photo of Radcliffe Camera in Oxford.

Radcliffe Camera in Oxford
Radcliffe Camera in Oxford

I used to spend some time ploughing through my readings there. The atmosphere in there was astonishing. It really motivated me to work hard and I felt like I was transported back into time! It’s the most beautiful libraries I’ve been to so far in my life.


Mark Twain said ““In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” I am sure Mark Twain will be more than amazed with look of those beautiful libraries around the world. Today’s article combine the top 10 most beautiful old, rustic and vintage looking libraries around the world. Every one of us will be more than happy to spend just few moments reading books at those beautiful libraries…

The Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice

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Shakespeare and Company in Paris

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House on the Rock in Wisconsin

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New York Public Library

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The Royal Portuguese Reading Room

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The Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University

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The Biltmore House Library

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The Hearst Castle Library

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The University of Coimbra General Library

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The Library of Congress

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Looking for a book to read? How about trying these?
Gone Girl
Little Girl Lost

20 thoughts on “Beautiful Reading Places

  1. Good to see a Portuguese Library in here, the one from Coimbra. But we have an even more beautiful library in Mafra, Lisbon: .
    And this is a personal favourite of mine but a bookstore not a library: Although the owner doesn’t mind people reading in there. 🙂 Awesome post. Enjoyed reading it!

    1. Me too! Would be lovely to see if they’re really that enchanting in real life. They aren’t too far from Germany so it’s highly possible to visit them.

  2. oh my god i love libraries too! you and i are quite similar, sisters from another mother!! haha!

    and you changed your theme? how brave. i fear touching anything on my blog, and now that i am doing my business website as well, dont have energy to do this either. and i fear touching the wrong thing and losing everything! horror of horrors…

    1. I love hanging out in libraries! Central lib at NUS was my favourite hang out! I would stand outside at 7.55am to wait for them to open so I can get my favourite seat! Got bored of my old theme plus I was soooo disorganised with categorising posts. Nesting instincts apply virtually too! Only when looking thru that I realised I didn’t document so many events/ holidays. Mine is the free wordpress site so it’s easier to change things. I’m still contemplating switching….

      1. oh yes and there was a s11 outside where i used to go with my husband to eat prata and drink tei. back in those days where everything i eat, dont go to my thigns. hahaha! pls dont change your theme now. i guarantee u will cry… i did. haha!

        1. No no! I won’t! That’s pretty much committing virtual suicide, isn’t it? NUS days were the good old days man. Yup, the days when whatever we ate they miraculously vanish into thin air. Now they just go to the thighs, breasts and arms for me!

  3. butterflyny75

    Those are breathtaking places! I think I would be too much in awe of my surroundings than my book! I have read both of your book offerings, and they are awesome!

    1. Me too! I did spend my first few times at the Bodleian library just staring into space, taking in the beauty of it all. After that, it was the place to go to for reading papers after papers.

      Do you have other books to recommend? I love those thrillers and currently am seeking new ones.

      1. butterflyny75

        Definitely read the last one by Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects. It is worth it and I am looking forward to her publishing another book! Donna Tartt’s books The Secret History and The Little Friend are also very well written mysteries. She is my new favorite writer!

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