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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

    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. Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Sheer perfection.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dipali

    This book is perfect.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Fun book; Jane Mount's illustrations are fab. It's cheerful and makes me glad to be a reader.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily Davenport

    OMG this book is soooooooo beautiful. I wish I could eat it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

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

  10. 4 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.

  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. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eli Claire

    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 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’, ‘dystopia’, space & aliens’, and ‘journeys and adventures’). Plus, lots of illustrations of cats, and several Washington bookstores/libraries (including one from my hometown and one from the city I work in)! I am in love with this book, and recommend it to anyone who loves reading and learning about books. I’m definitely going to have to buy a copy of it for myself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    ***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 ***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 the subject of a lot of prestigious university courses....to knock her down to the level of a cheap romance novel is insulting. Why does this book not have a warning label? This is such a dangerous book and should let a reader know that. The label should say something like, "DANGER!!! This book will become like the annual Toys R' Us Christmas catalogue to a child. This book will max out credit cards and lead the reader to throw self respect aside and send book requests to any person they have ever met and will meet. DO NOT approach a person who is reading this book, your survival will depend on buying them a book to secure your escape." But seriously, you do not "read" this book you use it to look up books you might have overlooked, check out the author websites, subscribe to YouTube and Podcast channels of people to learn more about books. To "read" one page can take almost an hour because of all the Google searches that each page leads to. Oh, and lets not forget all the book purchases and additions to the TBR and Wishlist's. I wish my fellow readers good luck with this book, I hope to see you on the other side.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Audra

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Kingston

    If you’re a book person, this is your book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Perfection!

  18. 4 out of 5

    John

    Enjoyed the drawings and found a few new leads to add to my to-read pile!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    A delightful and endearing survey of books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Castle Spooktacular

    a fun read for any book lover out there!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Delightful

  23. 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Sark

    Beloved Bookstores US: Politics and Prose, Washington, DC Charis Books, Atlanta Strand Bookstore, New York McNally Jackson, New York John K. Kind Used & Rare Books, Detroit Powell’s Books, Portland Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, South Carolina Tattered Cover, Denver Colorado Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City The Last Bookstore, LA Eso Won Books, LA Napa Bookmine, Napa, California City Lights Books, San Francisco The Booksmith, San Francisco Best Books & Rich Treasu Beloved Bookstores US: Politics and Prose, Washington, DC Charis Books, Atlanta Strand Bookstore, New York McNally Jackson, New York John K. Kind Used & Rare Books, Detroit Powell’s Books, Portland Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, South Carolina Tattered Cover, Denver Colorado Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City The Last Bookstore, LA Eso Won Books, LA Napa Bookmine, Napa, California City Lights Books, San Francisco The Booksmith, San Francisco Best Books & Rich Treasures, Tampa Sundog Books, Seaside, Florida Browsers Bookshop, Olympia, Washington Octavia Books, New Orleans An Unlikely Story, Painville Massachusetts (owned by Jeff Kinney) Parnassus Books, Nashville Tennessee (owned my Ann Patchett) Birchbark Books, Minneapolis (owned by Louise Erdrich) Books & Books @ the Studios, Key West, Florida (owned by Judy Blume) Books Are Magic, Brooklyn (owned by Emma Straub) CANADA: Munro’s Books, Victoria Librarie Drawn and Quarterly, Montreal Type Books, Toronto EUROPE: Gay’s the Word, London Books for Cooks, London Shakespeare and Company, Paris Atlantis Books, Santorini Do You Read Me, Berlin La Central del Raval, Barcelona WORLD: Booksactually, Singapore Unity Books, Auckland, New Zealand Sappho Books, Sydney Australia Paperback Bookshop, Melbourne, Australia Striking Libraries Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark University of California San Diego Library Yale University Library, New Haven Brandenburg University of Technology Library and Media Centre, Cottbus, Germany Oxford University Library, Oxford UK Seattle Central Library, Seattle Washington Sandro Penna Library, Perugia, Italy New York Public Library, New York Peckham Library, London, UK

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This book was a beautiful and wonderful collection full of all the things that draw me in as a bookworm including information about Libraries and Bookstores around the world, furry companions, pictures of stacks of books, various bookish anecdotes and of course lots of possible books to read or revisit. The artistry in this book is amazing and I loved pouring over every page as well as learning a variety of information on authors, the publishing world and generally reveling in being so lucky to b This book was a beautiful and wonderful collection full of all the things that draw me in as a bookworm including information about Libraries and Bookstores around the world, furry companions, pictures of stacks of books, various bookish anecdotes and of course lots of possible books to read or revisit. The artistry in this book is amazing and I loved pouring over every page as well as learning a variety of information on authors, the publishing world and generally reveling in being so lucky to be a bookworm. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read whether is be once in a while or constantly and to those who enjoy bookish art! This is a book that every bookworm should have a chance to look through and maybe even add to their collection!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rainey

    I savored Bibliophile over the course of two months- reading every blurb, every caption, and every article on every page of this marvel of a book. Nothing in the world makes a book lover happier than reading a book about books- but this one is something special. With information about the design elements of the publishing industry, the architecture of world libraries, and the lives of some of our most beloved authors, Bibliophile is perfect for artists, designers, and history lovers as well. Thi I savored Bibliophile over the course of two months- reading every blurb, every caption, and every article on every page of this marvel of a book. Nothing in the world makes a book lover happier than reading a book about books- but this one is something special. With information about the design elements of the publishing industry, the architecture of world libraries, and the lives of some of our most beloved authors, Bibliophile is perfect for artists, designers, and history lovers as well. This will be my go-to gift item for years to come.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Georgi_Lvs_Books

    The introduction begins with... “the goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile.” And this book has DEFIANTLY done that! I loved everything about this book. The illustrations are just exhilarating. This book is filled with so much PERFECTION for book lovers. I don’t want to give to much away, but somethings you will read about in this book are information on different types of book genres, bookstores/libraries around the world, book recommendations, there is even book quizzes The introduction begins with... “the goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile.” And this book has DEFIANTLY done that! I loved everything about this book. The illustrations are just exhilarating. This book is filled with so much PERFECTION for book lovers. I don’t want to give to much away, but somethings you will read about in this book are information on different types of book genres, bookstores/libraries around the world, book recommendations, there is even book quizzes! This is PERFECT for any bibliophile!

  30. 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.

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