Bookish New Yorker Covers

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

I'm so happy about the return of bookish months...every month is a good one for books, of course, but there's something about this month that feels especially bookish.

 Schools have started back up, the hum of daily routines returns as the world settles into a rhythm. The promise of  a month to just be and do and live. No holidays, no drastic seasonal changes--just a month for getting small things done and perhaps working one's way though a glorious, haphazard stacks of books. August was such a blur work-wise that I only made it through two books and worst of all, had to return several back to the library unread.

I've been in a bit of a reading slump since then--probably from the tons of reading I did in the first six months (over 100 books!). I didn't meet my goal of 75 books by the end of last year, so I made sure to get in a good chunk earlier this year and as a result, probably burned myself out a bit. I've learned not to push through when that happens and just allow myself the break.

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite book-themed New Yorker covers that make me want to curl up in a reading nook.

This makes me think of all the bookstalls and barges along the Seine in Paris and the Thames in much as I love hardbacks, there's nothing like a smaller paperback tucked in your bag for those small windows of reading during the day.

The steps down into the darker shop always make me think of the "movingly dismal" yet cozy bookshop in Funny Face where Fred Astaire's character discovers Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), an amateur philosopher and shopgirl.

One of my favorite--and much missed--parts of being a student was holing up in the university library for hours to study and read, hemmed in by the secluded safety of towering shelves like the ones above.

The actual state of my bedside table and living room, much to Ryan's horror. At one point I had seventy-three books checked out! You know that saying, "My eyes were bigger than my stomach"? My on hold list is always larger than the amount of time I have to read. Bookish problems...there are worst ones to have.

I love a sleek book design, no matter how simple.

A very New York public library or Yale feel...there's something so satisfying about spreading out various books, whether personal reading or textbooks, and getting lost in a book in the hush of a room filled with fellow readers. 

A lovely prelude to winter reading! And a very accurate representation of my behavior if I were to ever go skiing...


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