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Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

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The ultimate gift for book lovers, this volume brims with literary treasures, all delightfully illustrated by beloved artist and founder of Ideal Bookshelf, Jane Mount.
Book lovers, rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. Readers will:

• Tour the world'
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Chronicle Books (first published September 4th 2018)
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Diane S ☔
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another absolutely wonderful book about all things bookish. Lists of course, classified into subjects, classics, sports, fantasy etc. I did pretty well on many of the lists, except for the genres I read little of, fantasy, scyfy. This is so much more than just lists though, it also highlights some wonderful bookstores, gorgeous libraries around the world, and the rooms some well known authors used to write their books. There are short bios or paragraphs of interest of somebody the authors precee ...more
Julie Ehlers
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Jane Mount's art (I even have one of her prints), so of course I loved this. Mount says in the introduction that one of her goals is to increase the reader's TBR list exponentially. I was skeptical of this because I feel like I've already heard of every great book out there, but I actually did learn about a few excellent-sounding books from reading this! Obviously recommended for bibliophiles.
Edie Streams
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and, no, you don't read it, the way you read a novel. For me it is a beautifully illustrated reference book that I will dip into often. At the core, the book has carefully curated lists of books on topics ranging from dystopia to romance to cult classics to kids books. The "lists" are illustrated stacks of the books in question. And then there are quizzes and illustrations of beloved bookstores. Did I mention, pictures of authors' cats and pets, recommendations of books by book ...more
Andrea
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully illustrated curation of books to read spanning different themes. The themes may be decade-based or interest-based, and I thought it was fairly comprehensive, diverse, and inclusive -- having different sections on cookbooks, innovation & business, design, creativity, finding meaning, and more. Many sections have features on prominent related writers or influencers and their favorite books.

It also features beautiful and beloved bookstores and libraries from all over the
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Karen
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The subtitle of this book is "an illustrated miscellany." But I would subtitle it "the Joy of Books, Illustrated." Jane Mount is a very talent illustrated who came up with the idea of painting the books sitting in front of her in her kitchen. Then people began to notice what she was doing. She created a company, called Ideal Bookshelf. Her first book, My Ideal Bookshelf, contains paintings of writers' and designers' bookshelves. My TBR certainly expanded when I read that book.

In her introductio
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Amy
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfection!
Dylan
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful and endearing survey of books.
Castle Spooktacular
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
a fun read for any book lover out there!
Jennifer
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Delightful
Courtney
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. The content, the illustrations, the layout, all the choices. A book about books for bookish people! Celebrate the awesomeness of books! From where they are kept (bookstores and libraries) to how they're presented (illustration and different editions) to what they can do (inform and change lives)!

Know a book nerd? Get them this book. Delightful.
Brei
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is just gorgeous! Where it lacked in content it made up for in beauty. I enjoyed Jane's drawings and wanted to rip them out of the book and post them all over my bedroom wall. I wanted more book stories to go with the drawings.

I loved the drawings and stories about the beautiful libraries and bookstores around the world. New Orlean's very own Octavia Books is in the book.

This makes a fantastic addition to anyone's coffee table books or library.
Joelle Egan
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-thing
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount is a beautifully crafted and charming tribute to the printed book as both a physical object and an enduring cultural contribution. Mount’s delightful illustrations fill every page and are inspired by her prior experience as an artist painting clients’ “Ideal Bookshelves.” This book provides informative and entertaining descriptions of a wide variety of titles, with chapters organized by familiar genres or quirky subjects (e.g.: “Unhappy Famili ...more
Kate
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Thankfully I did not triple my TBR list, the stated goal of the author! Overall, I enjoyed browsing through this beautifully illustratated volume that featured favorite books, bookstores, libraries, and even illustrations of book construction. I subtracted a star because the very small print, which became even tinier in some places, made for very difficult reading. It seems heavy on YA titles, a genre with little appeal for me, though I know some readers will find that a plus.
Julie
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Margaret Whalen Stec
A reader's dream! A compendium of books listed by subject, lists of independent bookstores, author's favorite books, etc.- all packaged with charming illustrations by Mount. I loved looking through this book and adding even more titles to my TBR list. Margaret- this book has you written all over it! :)
Lyz
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is trouble if you're really good at building a to-read list. I think I added about 200 to mine via various rabbit holes this book lead me down. (Goodreads is truly a dangerous place.)
If you're the kind of person who gets stuck on what to read next, this book would be a good one to have on your shelf.
Mary Claire
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love books. I love books about books. I love books about books that also happen to be filled with gorgeous illustrations of said books.

This book also gave me LOTS of additions to my TBR list, which is always a good thing.
Jonathan
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful hodgepodge of nearly everything book related. With Jane Mount's beautiful illustrations throughout, it's rather difficult to stop reading, but you'll want to pace yourself and take in all sketches - of authors, bookstore owners, and the books themselves.
Elizabeth Kennedy
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5
Beautiful and entertaining
Jaime
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun and quirky. So many good recommendations! (Plus, feelings of validation when I’ve already read some of the suggestions!)
Lindsay
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved it. I plan to give this book to all my friends who love books. It is a sure-fire, A+, slam dunk of a gift. And beautiful to boot!
Meghan
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really cool book for anyone who loves books, bookstores and libraries.
Vanessa ❤️
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Buy this just for the illustrations, stay for all the book nerdiness!! 😉❤ ...more
Lara
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
9 out of 10 Strand questions, would I get the job?
Chloë
Fan-freaking-tastic.
Courtney
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated! Great info on many different genres and authors, libraries and book stores across the world, and a couple of fun quizzes. This is a must-read for bibliophiles!
Dkbbookgirl
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beyond lovely!!!

A must have book for every book lover!!!!
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Jane Mount is an award-winning illustrator and designer. In 2008, she founded Ideal Bookshelf, a company that makes things for people who love books, including paintings of books that have changed people's lives. Her work has been featured by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, and InStyle, among others. She lives on Maui in Hawaii and sometimes in Berlin with her husband and two weird cat ...more