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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' 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's most beautiful bookstores • Test their knowledge of the written word with quizzes • Find their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books • Sample the most famous fictional meals • Peek inside the workspaces of their favorite authors A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations, and pure bookish joy, Bibliophile is sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, inspiring writers, and any and all who identify as bookworms.


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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' 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's most beautiful bookstores • Test their knowledge of the written word with quizzes • Find their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books • Sample the most famous fictional meals • Peek inside the workspaces of their favorite authors A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations, and pure bookish joy, Bibliophile is sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, inspiring writers, and any and all who identify as bookworms.

30 review for Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    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 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 preceeding the lists of the different genres. Beautifully designed, the pages are thicker than usual, some gorgeous illustrations, the book itself is navy blue with gold accents, a red ribbon for a book mark. A book to take out again and again. What can I say? I bought a copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie Ehlers

    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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Edie Streams

    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 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 people (authors, librarians, etc)? Looking for a list of books on sports or mortality or desserts, dip into this delicious book and you will find some great suggestions. Earlier this week I had the privilege of hearing Jane Mount talk about creating this book and answer questions about it. The author said her goal in writing this was to increase the size of people's TBR lists. Mission accomplished as far as I am concerned. It deserves a place on every readers bookshelf. And if you are reader who participates in one of the many reading challenges out there, you will find this an invaluable reference.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    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 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 world, iconic book covers, writing rooms , great book-to-tv adaptations -- truly a bibliophile's (or book hoarder, if we want to be honest) resource on the classic books to stock a bookshelf with or a quick guide on tried-and-true favorites.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    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 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 introduction to this book, Jane wrote "The goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile." Well, that's a dangerous proposition for me because my TBR is already three times too big. But I did add books to my TBR while I was reading this book. I tried to hold back and not add every book that grabbed my attention in this compilation. I probably have at least one TBR book from almost every list in this book: coming of age books, cult classics, novels of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century, southern lit, dystopia, essays, sports, memoirs, food writing, regional cooking and more. Book stores, libraries, and authors' writing rooms are also lovingly highlighted to entice readers to appreciate the book world around them. Jane's book is beautifully illustrated with not just books and authors and libraries. She adds her own whimsical highlights here and there as little treasures to find. My favorite example is on the section for Nature & Animals. One of the books in her illustrated collection is Jonathan Weiner's The Beak of the Finch (which I think I added to my TBR). Six little finch heads (and beaks) illustrate the spine of his book. On the text-side of this section, Jane drew three little finches, each with an opinion about his or her own little beak. So adorable! I recommend this book to anyone who loves Jane Mount's work and loves looking at painting of books and imagining what his or her ideal bookshelf would be. There are plenty of inspirational ideas in this book to increase your TBR pile.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Perfection!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    A beautiful and fun book for book lovers. And great to share with the bibliophiles in your life!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    A delightful and endearing survey of books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Castle Spooktacular

    a fun read for any book lover out there!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Delightful

  11. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brei

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joelle Egan

    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 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 Families Each in Their Own Way”). Bibliophile focuses primarily on fiction, but some popular nonfiction categories are also presented. Interspersed throughout the book are profiles on bookstores and libraries throughout the world known for their interesting origins, architecture or collections. Author profiles and depictions of their writing spaces give insight into the creative surroundings and inspirations of well-loved classics. Mount steps aside to give plenty of space to include recommendations by other book experts such as librarians, booksellers, editors, and artists. Packed with the advertised “miscellany,” fun trivia and quizzes, this homage would make a wonderful addition to any book aficionado’s shelves, and a great gift for those who still revere the look and feel of this timeless media.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount is easily the most beautiful book I've read this year. The cover is only the beginning of a beautiful visual tribute to books. Jane Mount is an illustrator who regularly draws stacks of people's favorite books. She is a master at translating covers and spines to the most perfect art. This book is pages on pages of this stunning work. In addition, it is full of all the books you want to read n More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount is easily the most beautiful book I've read this year. The cover is only the beginning of a beautiful visual tribute to books. Jane Mount is an illustrator who regularly draws stacks of people's favorite books. She is a master at translating covers and spines to the most perfect art. This book is pages on pages of this stunning work. In addition, it is full of all the books you want to read next. The pages are divided into genres, and each collection is full of recommendations of what you should check out. I finished this book with quite a few new books on my to-read list which the author shares as one of her hopes. This is a book I want to read and look at over and over again. In addition to books, it highlights a variety of libraries and bookstores that I also now want to visit. All around, this is just a book that reads like a love letter to book lovers. This won't be the last time I flip through these pages.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    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! :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lyz

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Claire

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Kennedy

    4.5 Beautiful and entertaining

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    This is one of my favorite books, ever. It’s a beautifully illustrated treatise on books. Books and their authors and the places they are sold, stored, and loved.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    Fun and quirky. So many good recommendations! (Plus, feelings of validation when I’ve already read some of the suggestions!)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    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!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    A really cool book for anyone who loves books, bookstores and libraries.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa ❤️

    Buy this just for the illustrations, stay for all the book nerdiness!! 😉❤ Buy this just for the illustrations, stay for all the book nerdiness!! 😉❤️

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    9 out of 10 Strand questions, would I get the job?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Part recommendation, part homage to booklore, all wonderful.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chloë

    Fan-freaking-tastic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    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!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dkbbookgirl

    Beyond lovely!!! A must have book for every book lover!!!!

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