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These verbs mean to cause something to be set aside in advance, as for one's use or possession: will book a hotel room; made sure their selections were bespoken; engaged a box for the opera season; reserving a table at a restaurant.
2. a miscellany, in published or other collected form.
2. a list of books on a particular subject or by a particular author.
3. a list of source materials used or consulted in the preparation of a work or referred to in the text. — bibliographer, n. — bibliographic, bibliographical, adj.
2. the study of the doctrines of the Bible. — bibliologist, n.
2. the official in charge of such a book.
2. an ornamental device or printer’s or publisher’s trademark.
2. the mutilation of books to acquire extra illustrative materials. — grangerize, v.
2. the number and arrangement of pages, as might be noted in a bookseller’s catalogue.
2. a work so treated, an edited version. — redactor, n. — redactorial, adj.
See Also: READERS/READING
- All the juice of a book is in an unpublished manuscript, and the published book is like a dead tree —just good for cutting up and building your house with —Christina Stead
- Bad books are like intoxicating drinks; they furnish neither nourishment, nor medicine —Tryon Edwards
- The Bible among books is as a diamond among precious stones —John Stoughton
- A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing —Andrew Lang
- A book is a mirror: if an ass peers into it, you can’t expect an apostle to look out —Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
- A book is like a garden carried in the pocket —Arab proverb
- A book, like a child, needs time to be born —Heinrich Heine
- A book, like a grape-vine, should have good fruit among its leaves —Edward Parsons Day
- A book, like a landscape, is a state of consciousness varying with readers —Ernest Dimnet
- A book may be as great a thing as a battle —Benjamin Disraeli
- Books are like individuals; you know at once if they are going to create a sense within the sense … or if they will merely leave you indifferent —George Moore
- Books … arranged carefully according to size, like schoolchildren lined up for recess —Helen Hudson
- Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen —Thomas Fuller
- Books, like men their authors, have no more than one way of coming into the world, but there are ten thousand to go out of it and return no more —Jonathan Swift
- Books like proverbs receive their value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed —Sir William Temple
- Books … as little read as tombstones —Frank Swinnerton
- The [thick] book was just like a warm, thick eiderdown that she could pull over herself, snuggle into —Alice Munro
- A book without an index is as incomplete as an eunuch —Theodore Stanton
See Also: COMPLETENESS
- A classic … is a successful book that has survived the reaction of the next period or generation. Then it’s safe, like a style in architecture or furniture —F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true —Samuel Johnson
- Disliking a classic like disliking a nation one visits, it’s the result of a blind spot, which goes away and leaves one embarrassed —Edward Hoagland
- Each new book is as a ship that bears us away from the fixity of our limitations into the movement and splendor of life’s infinite ocean —Helen Keller
- Every book is like a purge, at the end of it one is empty … like a dry shell on the beach, waiting for the tide to come in again —Daphne du Maurier, Ladies Home Journal, November, 1956
- The harmonies of bound books are like the flowers of the field —Hilaire Belloc
- It is with books as with new acquaintances. At first we are highly delighted, if we find a general agreement … with closer acquaintances differences come to light; and then reasonable conduct mainly consists in not shrinking back at once —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part —Voltaire
- Like the fortune teller who sees a long journey in the cards or death by water, they [books] influence the future —Graham Greene
- Most books, like their authors, are born to die —Joshua Swartz
- A new book, like a young man, has a reputation to acquire —Clarence Walworth
- A new book … not one of a number of similar objects, but like an individual man, unmatched —Marcel Proust
- Novels are useful as bibles, if they teach you the secret that the best of life is conversation and the greatest success is confidence —Ralph Waldo Emerson
- An old book, like an old man, is bound to have a good character already established, and must expect to be looked upon with suspicion if it has not —Clarence Walworth
- The reading of good books is like a conversation with the finest men of past centuries —Rene Descartes
- A room without books is like a body without a soul —Cicero
A twist to this, variously attributed to Hannah More and Henry Ward Beecher, is “A house without books is like a room without windows.”
See Also: HOUSES
- Such books are like frowzy old broads who have been handled by a thousand men —Peter De Vries
The books being compared to frowzy old broads are telephone directories in phone booths.
- There is no frigate like a book —Emily Dickinson
Dickinson’s simile serves as both title and first line for one of her best known poems.
- Volumes [of books produced in America] by the dozens like doughnuts, big and soft and empty at the core —Helen Hudson