A Book Lover’s Hotel in Portugal and More Critical Linking


Most boutique hotels are much more than a place to lie your head at night.

But the Literary Man Hotel in Obidos, Portugal—a medieval village that dates back more than 700 years—takes its book collection seriously. In fact, the entire hotel is a bookstore. At every turn, there’s a wall stacked with titles.

Book nerd trip to Portugal!


32 of the most beautiful covers of 2016. Do judge these books by their covers.

This is a nice list, though it’s clearly within a particular style taste.



Having a home library has many of the same benefits as having a home bar: the comfort of your own furniture, the security of being surrounded by your own belongings and the persistent option of wearing pants. Both also serve as an excellent showcase for a brag-worthy private collection. These downtown libraries feature all these benefits and then some.

I’d happily enjoy any of these private libraries in my home. So nice to see a round-up of impressive home libraries that’s outside New York City, too.


It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s time to reconnect with our family and friends, share holiday meals, and maybe even give a gift or two. Presents are hardly the most important part of the holiday season, but there is undeniably something special about unwrapping a box with a big bow. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts given in literature. Did we miss your favorite? Share it in the comments!

Reader, beware: Spoilers ahead! Read at your own risk.

This is fun.

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Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former librarian and a blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, a YA nonfiction anthology, due out October 2, 2018. She's also the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD, a YA anthology of essays, art, interviews, and more about feminism. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.