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6 of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

Libraries may not be high on top of many travelers must see attractions. But there are several out there that are attracting its share of local and foreign guests. And you do not have to be a self-professed book nerd to add many of them to your list of must-see places. With hundreds to choose from, here are eight of the most stunning libraries in the world in alphabetical order.

1. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Abbey Library of St. Gallen

Abbey Library of St. Gallen is located in the Convent of St Gall which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is touted to be one of the oldest libraries in the world with an extensive collection of manuscripts that date back to several centuries. The library boasts of stunning architecture and interiors as well as over a hundred thousand of volumes in its collection. It is also home to an ancient architectural plan.

2. Admont Abbey Library, Austria

The Admont Abbey Library, nestled in the midst of breathtaking scenery, is the world’s largest monastery library. Its architecture, the frescoes on the ceiling, and sculptures are among the beautiful highlights to see when visiting this mesmerizing library.

3. Clementinum National Library, Czech Republic

Clementinum

The Clementinum is a stunning display of baroque architecture and frescoes. It is home to several collections included rare globes. Walking along the library hall is like being transported back in time.

4. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Library of Congress

This beautiful library houses a collection of books that include those from Thomas Jefferson. A mosaic of the Roman goddess Minerva is depicted overlooking the main reading room.

5. The Library of El Escorial, Spain

The Library of El Escorial

The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a famous attraction in its own right. The complex is also home to the The Library of El Escorial which has a collection of more than 40,000 books. The library features barrel vaults with frescoes, spectacular wooden shelves, and beautiful marble floors.

6. The Royal Library Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Library Copenhagen

The Royal Library Copenhagen is striking with its modern design. Also referred the as the Black Diamond, the library features black granite. Many marvel at its stark angles, ceiling fresco, and the spectacular views it offer.

Must-Know Facts About Books

Facts About Books

Let me quote Stephen King on this one. “Books are a uniquely portable magic”.

Books can take us to a whole different dimension just by reading it. Books are definitely cool. But with the rise of downloadable E-books from the web, libraries and books are just things from the past and almost obsolete.

If you’re a big fan of books and libraries, this article is perfect for you. We’ll cover some facts about them. So let’s get it started.

What Is The First Book Ever Made?

Epic of Gilgamesh

Epic of Gilgamesh

You probably studied this in your history class back in the 6th grade. It is the Epic of Gilgamesh from Sumeria. It was written on clay tablets. Scientists say that it was created in 18th Century B.C. Pretty cool that it still exists now. Only fragments, but still, it exists! You can see it in the British Museum.

Some even say that it’s somewhat connected to the bible. What do you think about it?

Where Is The Largest Library in The World Located?

By far, the largest public library on Earth today would be the Library of Congress located in Washington D.C, USA. It holds the largest number of books in the world. 162 Million books! Imagine that! The government funded the library for the amount of $647,000,000+. On the average, 1.75 Million people visits this library every year. So let’s pack our bags and head down to Washington D.C and be prepared to be fascinated by this awesome library.

What is the Best Selling Book of All Time?

Don Quixote

Don Quixote. The Best-Selling Single Book of All Time.

Some say that it’s the Bible. Some say that it’s the Qur’an. Some say that it’s the Quotations from Chairman Mao.

This might sound confusing, but it depends entirely on who you talk to. But just to be safe, we’ll disregard all of the propaganda and religious books. So what do we have then?

If you’re talking about single books, the best-seller of all time is Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. It sold about 500 million copies worldwide. And if you’re talking about book series, the one that holds the throne of being the best-seller of all time would be the Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling (Joanne Kathleen Rowling). 504 Million+ copies sold worldwide. No wonder why she’s giving the majority of her money to charity.

Health Benefits of Reading

Yes. Reading books can be healthy for you. It stimulates your mind and thinking, relieves stress, boosts IQ, increases your vocabulary and it improves your memory. Isn’t that terrific? With healthy eating and exercise, not only can you improve your physical health, but also your mental health. Drinking fruit juices, veggies, and other healthy food can also help your mental fitness.

So start eating healthy and start juicing today if you want to achieve the apex of your mental fitness.

Thanks for reading. I hope you learned something from it. See ya!

 

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Share the Passion of Exploring Bread Recipe Book Reviews

reading recipe books

If you are a great lover of the bread machine, you probably know its great value. You will feel its significance in the kitchen. A home baker like you can enjoy a fresh loaf any time you want.  The bread maker will definitely make a way to satisfy your cravings for delectable bread.

Now, with your delicious slice of bread and steaming hot coffee, let’s go over “The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook: A Master Baker’s 300 Favorite Recipes for Perfect-Every-Time Bread-From Every Kind of Machine”. Read the great expertise of Beth Hensperger, a master breadmaker and one of America’s most respected experts on bread.  She literally explored the bread machine and discovered what it could actually do. At first,  Beth expressed her doubts about the bread machine but never surrendered to the horrible idea that it wouldn’t do her any good. All kinds of bread were tried with a bread maker and Beth made a very stunning discovery that the machine could reproduce the delicious loaves of bread just like from stores and posh bakeries.  This is such a brilliant encouragement for bread lovers who doubt the capabilities of a bread machine.

The book showcases more than 300 bread machine recipes which give us the realization of how versatile the bread machine is. Among the brilliant recipes shared by Beth are White Bread Egg, Whole Wheat Bread, Rye Bread, Gluten-Free Bread, Focaccia Breakfast Bread, Multigrain Bread, Vegetable and Fruit Bread, and a lot more.  All the delicious bread machine recipes can be made with great texture, taste, flavor, and aroma.  The perfect recipes that can be done with a bread machine gather enormous trust and confidence from home bakers and bread lovers.

Done with it? Now take hold of The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook by Jennie Shapter. This magnificent book reveals 150 heart-warming classic recipes which can be done at home with greater ease and efficiency. The author also made mention of the different types of bread from all around the world.  Take hold of this comprehensive guide now and make the most of your bread machine and enjoy baking in the comfort of your home.

home baking

All the magnificent creations mentioned in this brilliant bread machine cookbook make everyone believe that it is a means of gratitude for Joseph Lee, a young man who improved baking,   invented an automatic bread making machine which was the basis for machines of today and became prominent in the food industry.  Many people of today take full benefit of this kitchen appliance by enjoying home baking to a higher level.

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Creating Your Own Bookshelf

bookshelf

Looking to expand your book collection, but don’t have enough space in your room to put those books into?

Create your own bookshelf, then! Not only it will help you stock up those awesome books of yours properly, but also clear up space in your room.

Here are some tips for yo

bookshelves

  • Visualize first how your bookshelf should be like, how small or big it should be, how many layers or portions it should have, how many books or magazines it can store, etc. Draw it on paper if you have to, so as to estimate what size and dimensions your bookshelf will have.
  • Next, decide where it should be placed. You can either put it directly onto a wall or have it stand against a corner in your room. For a more D.I.Y. feel, you can have it built under your dresser or make it a drawer-like style under your bed.
  • Then, go and buy the materials needed for your bookshelf. Hardwood, plywood, saw, pencil, ruler, nails, screws, hammer, screwdriver, paint, varnish – these are pretty much the basic things you need to have when creating a bookshelf.

Find out the best chainsaw you can use to create your own bookshelf.

  • If you’re going D.I.Y. on the materials, you can add in cardboard boxes, office clips, paper clips, stone weights, wallpapers, sticky notes, glue gun, ladder, or even pipes. Use your imagination with these additions and I’m pretty sure, you’re going to have a masterpiece after.

Click here for more awesome bookshelf design ideas!

  • Don’t rush. Most of all, don’t beat yourself up over whether or not the outcome of your bookshelf is perfect. Remember, you are doing this because of your love for books. And just like that, you’ll also learn to enjoy creating your own bookshelf.

Have fun creating your own bookshelf!

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