Rediscovery books through calligraphy and book quotes


I've been distracted lately. My book blogging isn't very consistent and I know some of you are probably curious what's keeping me busy. Aside from the usual humdrum of work, life, and all that in general, I have rediscovered calligraphy.

I sent out a quick message to Instagrammers for some favourite bookish quotes and got three replies. Here they are rolled up nicely in a post for you. By way of rediscovering calligraphy, I am rediscovering old reads as well as getting that reminder to read books ever on my TBR.

I am thinking of making this a regular feature where you name the quote, I'll write it! As long as I have a steady steam of requests, I'm happy to write!

Curious about my calligraphy journey? I will be posting some of my bookish efforts on @guiltlessreader. But I  have an Instagram account dedicated to calligraphy too - come follow me at @titik.at.tinta.



The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Here's my first request was from Nishita of Nishita's Rants and Raves for the well known line from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.* The book is one of Atwood's dystopian novels and with the recent release of the series on Hulu - proving to be quite popular! - there is naturally a revival of interest in the book.

I remember being scared half out of my wits reading this the first time (and I was not in a high school where this was required reading). If you haven't read this yet, I guarantee it is worth your time.

The line below, as per the book, translates to "Don't let the bastards grind on you." And no, this is not Latin but loosely based off it only.


The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

The second requester was from the Mama Reads Blog. Despite being a huge Neil Gaiman fan, I still haven't read his hugely popular fantasy comic The Sandman.*

The quote "Omnia mutantar nihil interit" translates to "Everything changes but nothing is truly lost." I looked that up, of course. and now I am double intrigued by the series.

In my books, Neil Gaiman never disappoints. Have you read this yet? Would you recommend it?

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Reading the last lines of the children's classic Charlotte's Web gave me all the warm fuzzies again. I want to reread it again and just relive the feeling of this heartwarming (and heartwrenching) tale of friendship.

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."

{Insert sigh here}




#BookmarkMonday: Hit me up with some vintage!



Old books, old bookmarks. Used, vintage. I love anything old with a backstory.

Here's a lovely little bookmark by the store No Other Book Like This* on Etsy. Look closely and you'll see that this is actually that this 1800s bookmark looks like a trowel with a faux ivory handle (likely Bakelite).

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Do you like vintage bookmarks? Or do you prefer vintage books instead?



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#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: The Bone Clocks


I fling open my bedroom curtains, and there's the thirsty sky and the wide river full of ships and boats and stuff [...]
- p. 3

For Friday 56:
Being born's a hell of a lottery.
- p. 56


About The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell*:  Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: a sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.

A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.

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I seem to be having a really good run in our local thrift store lately. Problem is I can't seem to keep up! I have a pile of books begging to be read and here I am, still reading (and loving) Neil Gaiman's The View from the Cheap Seats. Talk about a reading slump!

Anyway, I was wondering, especially for those who have read and loved David Mitchell:

Which should I read first - The Bone Clocks or Cloud Atlas?


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#BookmarkMonday: Game of Thrones mania



So ... was Game of Thrones all you could think about? Well, here's more, bookmark form! House of Crafts on Etsy sure does know the way to a GOT fan's heart.

Here's a full list of bookmark sets :
I admit I only got to book 2 and I never really got into the HBO series ... but I know the struggle is real and I'm here to feed your mania :)

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Have you read GoT? What did you think of the latest in the series? 

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#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: Revolutionary Road

The final dying sounds of their dress rehearsal left the Laurel Players with nothing to do but stand there, silent and helpless, blinking out over the footlights of an empty auditorium.
- p. 7

For Friday 56:
Then from the safety of her new position, she displayed her long teeth in an elaborate smile.
- p. 56


About Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates*:  From the moment of its publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.

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I watched the movie many, many years ago and it made quite an impression on me. This is one of those less "noisy" films but it speaks loads. I decided then that I would make a point to get a hold a book and now I have this thrifted copy. I am zooming through the beginning and all I can remember is that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I start seeing two amazing characters "out for each other."

Are there movies that made an impression on you that you had to read? 



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