If you’re a self-proclaimed bookworm who doesn’t own (or at least like) cats, then are you a true bookworm? It’s a debatable question, but I for one think cats and books go hand in hand. Cats are a bookworms best friend as they make great company just as a good read can. The only other thing you need to make your reading session perfect is a good cup of coffee, tea, or strong adult beverage.
So without further ado, here are nine essential mugs for cat-loving bookworms!
Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” made a big splash last year with its surprise release, and accompanying HBO special. As groundbreaking as the album itself is, its visual dimension cements it as an unforgettable musical experience. This summer, Beyoncé is releasing a coffee table book called “How to Make Lemonade” that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the album’s creation.
Cover of “How to Make Lemonade.” / via beyonce.com
Always the collaborator, the book will highlight Beyoncé’s collaborative creative process. Photos will show how the artists she worked with created the signature looks in the album’s music videos. Among these looks, the book will highlight the beautiful Laolu Senbanjo Yoruba body painting in “Sorry.”
“How to Make Lemonade” is a limited edition collection, and, in addition to the book, includes a vinyl of “Lemonade,” and audio and visual dowloads for the album. You can pre-order the collection here.
You know that feeling when you’re rummaging through a bookstore, scanning titles and covers, and you find the perfect one to crack open? You look at what’s inside. The prose is touching, engaging, and fun. But best of all is the smell. You stuff your face into the pages, and inhale as deep as your lungs allow. Mmmm.
via How It Works Magazine
Well, science has gotten to the bottom of why the book smell is so irresistible. Researchers at University College London’s Institute for Sustainable Heritage conducted an experiment asking how participants felt about a number of different aromas. Among them, of course, was an old book. Their findings were published in Heritage Science.
Without knowing what they were smelling, participants overwhelmingly described the smell of books as being like chocolate. The second most common scent was coffee. According to the researchers, aging paper has some of the same chemical compounds (A.K.A. VOCs) as chocolate and coffee. In that sense, it’s not so surprising participants were able to identify the familiar aroma, especially since most readers are probably friends of chocolate.
via Heritage Science
Interestingly, when introduced to a room full of books, participants were not consumed by a powerful chocolatey smell. Instead, they mostly described the scent as “woody” and “smoky.” This leads me to wonder: does a chocolate store smell “woody” and “smoky” too? Guess I’ll need to go find out. Be right back!