BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) The real sections in a bookshop aren’t fiction and non fiction, gardening and philiosophy, sport and comics…Italo Calvino spelt it out

quotation Sections in the bookstore
– Books You Haven’t Read
– Books You Needn’t Read
– Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
– Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
– Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
– Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
– Books Too Expensive Now and You’ll Wait ‘Til They’re Remaindered
– Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
– Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
– Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too
– Books You’ve Been Planning to Read for Ages
– Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success
– Books Dealing with Something You’re Working on at the Moment
– Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case
– Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
– Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
– Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
– Books Read Long Ago Which It’s Now Time to Re-read
– Books You’ve Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It’s Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them”
Italo Calvino in If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

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3 comments on “Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) The real sections in a bookshop aren’t fiction and non fiction, gardening and philiosophy, sport and comics…Italo Calvino spelt it out

  1. E A M Harris
    September 29, 2013

    A lovely list. I think if it were followed as a system for departmentalising a shop that each person’s shop would be different. Imagine how much you’d learn about a person if you knew which books they put under which heading.

  2. bridget whelan
    September 29, 2013

    It’s a magical list that is so right – fits everyone. My favourite category is: Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too

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