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TagsArt (286), Spirituality (160), Poetry (76), Art technique (68), Artist (56), Religion (46), Inspiration (45), Mythology (45), Fiction (45), Psychology (43) — see all tags

MediaNot set (31), Book (823), Paper Book (760), Audiobook (3), Other (6)

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About meInveterate buyer of books. Old enough to know better.

"To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry." ~Gaston Bachelard

"When the Day of Judgment dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards - their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble - the Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain envy, when he sees us coming with our books under our arms, 'Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading.'" ~ Virginia Woolf

"Like all those possessing a library, Aurelian was aware that he was guilty of not knowing his in its entirety." Jorge Luis Borges

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" ~ Henry Ward Beecher

"When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes ~ Desiderius Erasmus 1466-1536

Picture: Cover of antique children's book (no date, but inscribed for a gift in 1894) which I found in a used book store in Ballarat, Victoria. My unabbreviated real name is 'Joan' so the title appeals, and the cover design speaks to my artistic soul.

About my library"It was clear that the books owned the shop (in my case, house) rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down."
~ Agatha Christie

"Far more seemly were it for thee to have thy study full of books, than thy purse full of money." ~John Lyly

Note: I haven't listed cookbooks.

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GroupsArt is Life, Australian LibraryThingers, Book Arts, Labyrinths and the Walking Meditation Practice, Readers Over Sixty

Favorite authorsColeman Barks, Sophy Burnham, Julia Cameron, Lucia Capacchione, Laura Cerwinske, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Hafiz, Camille Adams Helminski, Kabir Helminski, Jane Hirshfield, Roger Housden, George Johnston, Kabir, Caroline Myss, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arundhati Roy, Kenneth Slessor, Stafford Whiteaker, Marianne Williamson, Jeanette Winterson, Judith Wright (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresArchives Fine Books, Avid Reader Bookshop, Black Cat Books & Cafe Paddington (formerly Mary Ryan's), Boswell's Books, Folio Books, Mary Ryan's - Milton, Novel Lines Bookshop, Qld Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art Bookshops, The Library Shop

Favorite librariesState Library of Queensland

Other favoritesUniversity of Queensland Alumni Book Fair, Brisbane Writers Festival, Lifeline Bookfest


Real nameJo

LocationBrisbane, Australia

Account typepublic

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Member sinceAug 18, 2007

Currently readingLove Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky (Ed)
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
Michel Thomas Method™ Speak German for Beginners (10 CD pack) by Michel Thomas
Animal Dreaming: The Symbolic & Spiritual Language of the Australasian Animals by Scott King
Signs & Shrines: Spiritual Journeys Across New Mexico by Sharon Niederman

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