"A room without books is like a body without a soul" --Cicero

"Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly" --Francis Bacon

“A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.”   --John Milton

"The ancient books are everything I want;

their wisdom is the balm that soothes my pain.
With them I keep sweet company,
my own true circle, and my trusty friends.
They are my sea of wisdom, where I plunge
and bring up pearls to ornament the throat of time.

My heart and eyes get true delight from them,
and to them in return my lips give hymns,
Incense, sweetness, light, and song
to breath and tongue, to ear and eye;
they elevate me, give me pride;

my thoughts are all of them until I die"  --Moses Ibn Ezra

"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."   --Desiderius Erasmus


"I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them, but those who, by nightly as well as daily use thumb them, batter them, wear them out, who fill out all the margins with annotations of many kinds, and who prefer the marks of a fault they have erased to a neat copy full of faults.”  --Desiderius Erasmus


"Now, I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors."  --Umberto Eco




"A Soul Wanderer never knows. He wanders; he makes his own path through the
heights of the universe."

-Sio Larwick


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Mary-Jean's books

The Printer's Devil
The Crystal Cave
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Lost Prince
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Hobbit
Rise of the Darklings
The Fire King
Clockwork Angel
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
The Lost World
Around the World in Eighty Days
The Sum of All Men
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Wizardborn
The Lair of Bones
Sons of the Oak
Worldbinder
The Wyrmling Horde


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