28 October 2019


I've mentioned many times before that I love books! I do have a preference for physical books over E-readers...admiring the cover art, savoring the new print smell, and flipping the pages are all part of the life affirming experience. 

Here is my favorite book find of the year:

It's called Bibliophile (published in 2018) written and illustrated by the talented Jane Mount.

She did the art for the book The Ideal Bookshelf. She also does commission work, creating illustrations based on people's favorite books (what a thoughtful gift idea!) as well as pretty little tokens for book lovers. 

This is her signature style: a stack of colorfully illustrated books...TADA! 

I love Bibliophile because it has pictures! Lots and lots of them.

It has lists of books organized by topic with notes on particular themes of that era or genre.

It has quirky information like bookstore cats and writer's pets.

As well as quizzes to determine how well-read you are.

It features many bookstores from all over the world...  

As well as impressive libraries that I would like to visit someday.

This was exceptionally cute: non-traditional libraries with the goal of spreading literacy and the love for reading. 

And the most adorable Little Free Libraries!

There's also a section on rooms of famous writers like Dylan Thomas, Roald Dahl, and Virginia Woolf.

A feature on book design because isn't that how we first judge a book?

Of course, a list of the top best selling books of all time.

As well as the books the author/illustrator is requested to paint most often.

Here are my favorite stacks:

Books about writing 

Books on harnessing creativity

Food writing


And picture books for adults

Too bad there's no stack for books about crafting and all things handmade. If I were to make a list, these books would definitely make the cut:

Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Crafts, Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, Grace Bonney Design Sponge at Home, Paul Lowe Eat and Make, Joy Cho Oh Joy, Joy Cho Blog Inc., Meg Mateo Ilasco Creative Inc., Lisa Congdon Art Inc., Kari Chapin The Handmade Marketplace

In the introduction, Jane says, "The goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read Pile." I can only agree and I can't wait to dive in.

How about you, what memorable books did you read this year?


  1. I think Bibliophile would make a nice Christmas gift for readers and writers. I just read Hearthstone Cottage by Frazer Lee. It was one of the more eerie novels I've read this year, a ghost story with a Gothic feel.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations, Priscilla! I'll add them to my list :)


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