Don’t you love a good quote?

I love a good quote about books and so I collect them when I can find them.

So I thought I might share some I have found on an occasional post.

This post is about Libraries. Whether it is your library at home or the one you can go to with your children to help them learn just how many books there out there for them to read! As a child we had very few books at home. My family did not really read. There was just a small shelf of very old books dating from pre WWII. So I read those.library

I found my local library and walked there nearly every weekend. By the time I was 10 I had read every book in the Children’s section and was borrowing form the Adults. The librarians were very kind and permitted this. every week I borrowed the maximum number of books permitted, and every week returned them and borrowed again. I became the bookworm that I am now and the library lover. I will explore any library I am let loose in and read any book that takes my fancy – on any subject matter – my curiosity is (almost) infinite.

I would like to acknowledge where I took some of these quotes from.


  1. “Liber delectation animae.” Latin for – ‘Books, the delight of the soul’. An inscription on the ceiling of the Librarian’s Ceremonial Office, the previous office for the Librarian of Congress. Located in the Thomas Jefferson Building.
  2. Neil Gaiman says: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”
  3. To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books. –Carlos María Domínguez
  4. Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. –Ray Bradbury
  5. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. –Paula Poundstone
  6. People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. –Saul Bellow
  7. A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. –Norman Cousins
  8. Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. –Sidney Sheldon
  9. With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how. –Doris Lessing
  10. Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. –Germaine Greer
  11. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  12. That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. Aphra Behn
  13. A library is thought in cold storage. Herbert Samuel
  14. Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. Thomas Jefferson
  15. How precious a book is in light of the offering, in the light of the one who has the privilege of this offering. The library tells you of this offering. Louis Kahn
  16. A library  implies an act of faith. Victor Hugo
  17. I intend, before the endgame looms, to die sitting in a chair in my own garden with a glass of brandy in my hand and Thomas Tallis on the iPod. Oh, and since this is England, I had better add, ‘If wet, in the library.’ Who could say that this is bad? Terry Pratchett
  18. Is there anything so delicious as the first exploration of a great library – alone – unwatched? Richard Jefferies
  19. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
    Cosmos – Carl SAGAN
  20. The medicine chest of the soul.
    — Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes
  21. Nutrimentum spiritus.
    (Food for the soul.)
    — Inscription on the Berlin Royal Library.
  22. Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed. Francis BACON (1561-1626)
  23. Ranganathan’s Five Laws:
    Books are for use.
    Books are for all; or Every reader his book.
    Every book its reader.
    Save the time of the reader.
    A library is a growing organism.
    — Shiyali Ramamrita RANGANATHAN (1892-1972)
  24. “We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” John Lubbock.
25.”A library is a true fairyland, a very palace of delight, a haven of repose from the storms and troubles of the world. Rich and poor can enjoy it alike, for here, at least, wealth gives no advantage.” Avebury

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When is a female a male?

Questions for Andrew Buckley AKA Jane D Everly author of Havelock:
 Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this andrewparticular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
  1. I chose a female spy thriller because I felt like male spy thrillers had been done to death. Not only that, I had an idea rattling around in my head for a while for a ‘daughter of James Bond’ scenario. Had Bond had a daughter, and had that kid grown up without him, how would she have turned out? What would her mother have been like? There were a lot of ways for that story to go and the result was Eliana Havelock.
How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
 I generally have a specific idea in mind these days. I used to write blindly without having an ending in sight. I must have matured or chosen to write smarter because I generally have the concept planned out from start to finish and plan in detail as I write. Because I already have a few books on the market, I have to take into consideration sequels and how they fit into my writing schedule. It’s a bit of a balancing act.
 How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?
Normally it doesn’t take long. There’s this wonderful resource called ‘the internet’ that has pretty much everything you need to know about anything ever in the history of the world. If the government were to look at my browser history for the time period while I was writing HAVELOCK, they’d find a lot of searches around firearms, explosives, and the best ways to stab someone. 
  1. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?
     I used to research at the library (pre-internet) but now it’s all done online. A lot of research for HAVELOCK was provided by a long-time friend of mine who is a nurse. She was kind enough to contact doctors on my behalf to find out about medical procedures, injuries, recovery times, etc.
  2. How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?
  3. I’ve never had to approach the police before but we have a close family friend who works for the RCMP (Canadian Police) who I could ask.
  4.  How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
 HAVELOCK was sold on spec by my agent to one of my publishers who I’ve published with previously. I queried agents for six years and publishers for an additional 2-3 years before finally getting published. And even then, it wasn’t through conventional means. I was discovered on Twitter because I had a quirky sense of humour by a publisher (Curiosity Quills Press) who had an equally weird sense of humour. We were a match made in heaven. If heaven were Twitter.
  1. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
     I was fortunate enough never to self-publish. I’ve interviewed a lot of authors, some who were traditionally published and those that self-published. I honestly don’t think there’s a right way or a wrong way. There are distinct pro and cons to both. I think it’s all in how you approach it. 
  2. Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
     I don’t make sufficient funds as an author to support my family and I (yet) but I’m also a professional writer by trade. So I make my living writing, mostly marketing materials, web content, and other creative content for a variety of clients. 
  3. Why choose to be a woman for this book/series? Or all series? What makes/made you think a female author would sell better? Or was it a special audience you were hoping to attract or?
My previous works, ‘DEATH, THE DEVIL, AND THE GOLDFISH’, ‘STILTSKIN’, and my upcoming release, ‘HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES’ are all similar in tone. They’re quirky and funny and a little bit silly. HAVELOCK is a hard-hitting spy thriller with a kickass female protag. The difference in style and tone didn’t fit with my other work so the marketing department at CQ Press suggested writing under a pen name. Because the book was based around a female protag and because I was aiming for a female audience, it was decided that a female pen name would make the most sense. And so Jane D Everly was born.  

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Ultimate Kickass Female

The ultimate kickass female with no scruples and an incredible amount of skills and wiles and use of the ‘ladies’ aka her boobs – even unto using them to conceal a stiletto knife.
Now I am not really sure how she managed this trick as I doubt if I could manage it unless the knife folded but hey – this is in fact a male author and clearly his fantasy includes this one!
 Our heroine has been seriously trained to ignore everything in pursuit of her goals – and goes about achieving said goal in a strategic and underhand manner.
 We less wily females have much to learn from her.
 She arrives on the scene with nothing but a first name, battered and bloody but still moving towards her goal.
 But she has a surprising amount of resources both in herself, and to call on, as the story unfolds.
 A fast paced and exciting read and I look forward to ore of her adventures in the future.

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And Amy….

Once upon a time there were twin sisters.
Very non-identical twin sisters.
One was a very outgoing, lively, adventurous person - living life to the full, and the other was not. she was trying to be good - for everyone. And the Roman Catholic demands for clean living that she had been taught and rules that she should follow to enable her to be the good person.
But this left her a dull person. Who dressed very dully and safely and prudishly. And her husband found her dull too - in and out of bed.
And then along comes a rake.
Who falls for our prude - the pure and innocent in mind and emotion if not quite body. And he awakens her from her sleep.
And through twists and turns a new life awaits Amy.
So perhaps a rather standard story line but with a twist and quite well told. Still not quite a read that grips the reader.


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Brothers in cash

As always with these books they are quick chick lit reads which are of the standard content.
This is a novella in a series about Billionaire Brothers. They say it will take 1 hour to read – I took 20 minutes so don’t expect too much depth.
Here we have a billionaire (hinted as the hero by the title!) heir to a large empire with a father who was controlling and ailing.
The basic story-line is the PA and her Boss who don’t act on their long-held desires until they are thrown into proximity at his father’s house. The relationship gets very steamy at this point....

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