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Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  565 ratings  ·  112 reviews
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'
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
Stacey (prettybooks)
I was sent a copy of Bibliophile by my bookish buddy Katrina because I've been working with the publisher for my day job. This really is my sort of miscellany. Jane Mount is super talented – I have been coveting a bookstack print myself – and Bibliophile is full of literary facts, book recommendations, and bookshop spotlights, and it kept me entertained during my lunch breaks.

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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.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much that I'd give it ten stars out of five, if I could.

This book was written just for me, I think.

It's everything book-ish. It's good books, of course, by list. It's wonderful bookstores. It's great libraries. It's authors and illustrators.

And it's all hand-drawn, with lovely pictures of books and bookshops and libraries and authors.

I love this book. I wish I could loan you my copy, but I love it too much to share it. You must get your own copy.

Lisa Wolf
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely gorgeous book, filled with bookish drawing, fun facts, lists and more. Perfect gift for the booklovers in your life.
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
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
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review based on ARC (advanced readers copy received in exchange for an honest review).

What a stunning book. It seems weird to read a book filled with drawings of books... yet, it's the perfect thing for those of us who love books. Frankly, I'm rather impressed with Mount's ability to really evoke feeling in her drawings. In addition, there is historical information and snippets about books, organization by types, and ... have I mentioned the drawings? I love this book and think it would make the
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.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun book; Jane Mount's illustrations are fab. It's cheerful and makes me glad to be a reader.
Emily Davenport
OMG this book is soooooooo beautiful. I wish I could eat it.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and fun book for book lovers. And great to share with the bibliophiles in your life!
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful and informative read! I loved the artwork, was able to add more titles to my never-ending TBR list, and learned some interesting facts about the book-business too.
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
Eli Claire
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An illustrated miscellany of books?! This was right up my alley, and it did not disappoint. Mount’s illustrations, paired with facts about authors/publishers/illustrators/bookstores/bookish stuff, was a treat to read and look through, and I now have a HUGE list of to-be-read books (to add to the hundreds of books that already live on my TBR list). The categories of books were engaging and diverse (some of my favorites were ‘coming of age’, ‘historical fiction’, ‘fantasy’, ‘special powers’, ‘dyst ...more
Danielle Copeland
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
***Update*** I had to knock it down a star for its classification of Jane Austen’s works. Ms. Mount says the difference between a love story and a romance novel is that a love story “includes regret, a rough patch, or a greater tragedy, and it is also critically regarded.” So by her definition the works of Jane Austen should be considered a love story but she decides to knock them down to nothing more than a romance novel. Ummm....Austen is one of the most critically regarded authors and is even ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading about the different bookstores around the world and how they got their start. I also enjoyed some of the educational information about genres and about books themselves. But other than that, I wasn't too impressed with this one. I really wanted to love it, but it was just okay.
Laura Hoffman Brauman
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adore books about books. This one made my TBR get even bigger, my list of bookstores to visit grow longer, and made my heart happy while I spent time pouring over this beautifully illustrated collection of bookish miscellany.
Amanda Kingston
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2018
If you’re a book person, this is your book.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alyssa Cohen
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS!!!! Such a beautiful book! Thanks to my Mom for buying this for me for Chanukah!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! It will make you love reading and books even more!
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the drawings and found a few new leads to add to my to-read pile!
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful and endearing survey of books.
Jason Robinson
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a joy to read for an ardent bibliophile such as myself. Amazing and colorful illustrations that outline the absolute Nirvana of the reading life.
Castle Spooktacular
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
a fun read for any book lover out there!
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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.
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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