Hotel with over 50,000 Books Is a Bibliophile’s Dream

Travel and reading are great ways to broaden one’s mind, and this hotel in Óbidos, Portugal called The Literary Man is home to over 50,000 books that may see true book lovers never even leaving their hotel!

As The Huffington Post reports, located just outside the historic center of a small medieval town called Óbidos, this hotel is packed full of books, some of which are even for sale. The Literary Man is in good company as Óbidos itself has seen an increase in bookshops opening as well as its own literary festival.

The books you’ll find in the grand hotel range from vintage classics, recent bestsellers, and even cookbooks. As if that weren’t enough to tempt book lovers, the hotel also features a gin bar and a massage parlor. The rooms are simple but cozy and begin at only $90 per night.

No doubt there is plenty for tourists to do and see in Óbidos, but we get the feeling that most bookworms wouldn’t leave the room, unless maybe to get a massage. For more information, be sure to check out the hotel’s official website.

Explore ‘The Sinking City’, a video game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

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It may surprise you to learn that many video games released over the years have been inspired by books. The Witcher games are based upon the Polish fantasy series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, Spec Ops: The Line is a modern retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and BioShock takes cues from the likes of Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley.

Those of you who enjoy video games and books will want to check out The Sinking City, an upcoming game from Frogwares. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, The Sinking City sees players exploring an open city where things aren’t all they seem. Read More

3 Book Girls is the most inappropriate book club you never knew you were missing!

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Generally book clubs consist of a group of middle aged soccer moms drinking wine and reviewing the latest literary fad, all while holding back nasty comments about eachother. Our podcast is called 3 Book Girls, and it’s the opposite of this, except occasionally the wine. We are “the most inappropriate book club you never knew you were missing!” Read More

Kate Bush Pays a Second Tribute to Emily Brontë

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Kate Bush is an English singer–songwriter, dancer, and producer. She pirouetted into our lives in 1978 when she was just 19 years old, topping the UK charts for four weeks with her self-written debut single Wuthering Heights (check out her video below). With that successful single Bush became the first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a song she had written herself.

Wuthering Heights is based on the classic novel of the same, although Bush was actually inspired to write the song after watching a 1967 BBC mini-series adaptation of Emily Brontë. She was instantly hooked and straight away read the book, discovering that she shared her birthday (30th of July) with that particular Brontë. Serendipity!

This year, Kate Bush, along with other artists, has been commissioned to create another tribute to the Wuthering Heights author by providing words for a permanent art installation on the ‘wiley, windy moors‘ that inspired the famous tale.

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Love on the Rocks Story Rocks are Super Cute

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Love on the Rocks is a recent craze to hit the UK (and the world) where people paint rocks in patterns or art, and hide them around the place for others to find and rehide. There are Facebook groups dedicated to the practice and while it was popular in the US, and Australia last year it’s only just hit the UK. This week we found a picture of a ‘Room on the Broom’ story rock and upon sharing it on our Facebook page the artist came forward.  Read More

Royal Mail and the Inappropriate Shakespeare Play

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To celebrate the birthday of Mr William Shakespeare, the Royal Mail decided to dedicate some postboxes to the bard. They wrote quotes from his famous play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on postboxes across the country but failed to notice the irony of their mistake.

Anyone who has read or seen the tragedy would know that the plight of the poor youngsters may have been prevented if a letter had arrived on time. Their deaths were at the hands of a late delivery! Perhaps Royal Mail had neglected to remember that fact when they chose this play over LITERALLY ANY OTHER.

Twitter became awash with snarky comments from ‘um actually’ types who couldn’t wait to let Royal Mail know their mistake.

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