books are a uniquely portable magic – S. King

hello friends, how are you on this wintery sunday night? i hope you’re cozy enjoying time to do the things you love. does it seems that there’s never enough time to do it all? why is it that the more efficient we get technologically, the less time we actually have? it rushes by so fast and life goes at the speed of light. what can we do to make time? i believe there is a way to slow it all down, something i neglected for awhile, what with the glamour and allure of the world on the touch screen. it’s the simple and timeless act of cracking a book.

‘Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With”

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.”
― Francois Mauriac

the distractions of tv and hand held devices seem to affect a lot of us in the same way. maybe it’s our curiosity for something new, that next image, article, (or potential date)! that keeps us glued to the phone. maybe our attention spans are shorter or we’ve just stopped carving out alone time to curl up in a chair to read.

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”
― Louis L’Amour

over the holidays my family gifted me with books and journals. it’s been a long time since we exchanged books and it was a really nice feeling to hold them and fall in love again. it sparked a pinterest search for an image of a woman reading and it revealed wonderful category of art that i never really thought about: the reader. for centuries, artists and photographers have been capturing men, women and children under the spell of a good book. turns out the ways we read are as varied as what we read.

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

i don’t want to do a lot of talking about it, i’ve got reading and writing to get to! but i wanted to share some of the images that came up and are bookmarked on my Pinterest Books Board.

it might be a fun to have some of these images together in a book and see what changes through the ages. the positions of the reader, their clothes, the decor, the hairstyles. what doesn’t change is a sort of quiet majesty we as viewers witness and we as readers understand. we read and we learn. we’re listening silently to another’s voice and are hearing a story that is so intimately shared from the page to the mind.

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”
― Carl Sagan

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
― Astrid Lindgren

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
― Henry David Thoreau

Franz Eybl – “Reading Girl” – 1850

Un soir d’été à Paris, Cuno Amiet, 1890

John White Alexander Repose, 1895

L. Kokamiagi.Winter.1977

Marguerite 1918 Poster by Guy Rose

Book Quotes


“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
― W. Somerset Maugham

Albert Samuel Anker, 1910

Woman Reading – Antoine Vincent French, b.1956

Carlton Alfred Smith, Storytime 1897

“Books: a beautifully browsable invention that needs no electricity and exists in a readable form no matter what happens.”
― Nicholson Baker


well it’s getting late and time to turn in. is there anything you’re reading now that you’d care to recommend? i’d love to hear anything you’re enjoying and how you make time to read in a busy world. sweet dreams!

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” 
― Toni Morrison

January 14, 2019. art, Books, Reading.


  1. Susanne replied:

    Merci… I love this post so much. Beautiful ideas, quotes and images… I just want to curl up with a book, of course!

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Susanne, sorry it’s been a few days since I was able to get back here and see your comment. I’m so happy you liked this post…did you get to curl up with a good book?


  2. Ms.Em replied:

    I love books so much and a post like this makes me a happy person on a Monday, you have mentioned about putting all these paintings of readers in a book, well that book exists and it is called:Women Who Read Are Dangerous

    can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

    thanks for the dose of art and inspiration :)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dayle Brenner Wild replied:

    This is so so beautifully expressed Claudia!!! Both the words and images pay perfect homage to the bliss of being lost in the stories. Sending love and joy for your new year xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hello my Darling Dayle! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to write that sweet note, you made me smile and I love you! Happy new year and hope to see you soon! xxoo


  4. meterrilee replied:

    Hello, I so enjoyed this post! I absolutely love the images, but one in particular totally appeals to me–the fifth from last, where the woman is sitting at a dressing table by the window. Would you kindly share the name of the artist? Thank you! Best regards…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The Paris Apartment replied:

    Hi Meterrilee, I’m happy you enjoyed it! I google image searched that painting and came up with this: Deborah Bays’ Summer Solitude. I hope that’s right! I love that one too.


  6. Nancy replied:

    I too have the book, Women who read, it is lovely. This post was absolutely wonderful….please never stop writing! I was sitting in the chesterfield with my feet near my husbands’ when I saw the painting of the pair of feet in front a very similar fireplace to ours. It is a cold, rainy day on our island and we were reading In That exact position! I always love your selections, your eye, your taste, your deep appreciation of beauty and style . You know that it is important and soul
    Enhancing. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Nancy,
      I don’t know why I didn’t see your comment earlier, my apologies. I love that you and your hubby were sitting in the same position as in the image! That was the one that sparked this post in fact. I’m so happy you came by and am truly inspired by your kind words.


  7. Yedy replied:

    Such a lovely post! Glad to rediscover your blog after all these years.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lhhouben replied:

    I came upon your blog by fluke. I enjoyed this post…I love to read. Currently I’m re-reading the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery stories written by Alexander McCall Smith. They take place in Botswana Africa…they are enchanting. I wonder if you’ve read them? I highly recommend them.


  9. Merillion replied:

    Hello! Enjoyed this post so much. What a pleasure! Hope you are fine.
    I’m OK but OMG getting old!
    Looked you up again – wasn’t receiving your stuff.


  10. Mary Rae replied:

    Absolutely loved this Post on people reading-!
    As an Artist – I’m so inspired – one of most charming poses for a Painting-!
    -Mary Rae
    P.S. My favorite time for reading is before Bed.


  11. Nancy replied:

    You’re awesome. I’ve missed reading your blog.


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