The “Private” Library

Reading has been slow these last few weeks.  So my apologies, dear readers.  More reviews are in the works – promise. I’ve been thinking a lot about personal libraries of late, and not just my own (though I do have design drawings for bookshelves I’m planning for the living room).  It started with Phantoms on the Bookshelves, which made me reconsider the value of a working … Continue reading The “Private” Library

Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet (translated from the French by Siân Reynolds)

The “phantoms” in the title is misleading. They aren’t what you think. Jacques Bonnet’s explains in his 2012 book of essays, Phantoms on the Bookshelves, that a fantôm is a “sheet or card inserted to mark the place of a book removed from a library shelf, or a document which has been borrowed.”  Of course he delights in the play on words – who wouldn’t? … Continue reading Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet (translated from the French by Siân Reynolds)