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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

    Victoria

    Whimsically rendered ode to books. I love books (obviously). I love art. I love humor. I love trivia, quizzes and all around cleverness. This book delivers on every one of these and so much more. It’s too late to gift for the holidays, but this should be on your list to gift yourself or another book lover in your life at any time of year. The author and artist calls it a literary Wunderkammer, and after looking the word up to read ‘a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited,’ Whimsically rendered ode to books. I love books (obviously). I love art. I love humor. I love trivia, quizzes and all around cleverness. This book delivers on every one of these and so much more. It’s too late to gift for the holidays, but this should be on your list to gift yourself or another book lover in your life at any time of year. The author and artist calls it a literary Wunderkammer, and after looking the word up to read ‘a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited,’ I have to agree it’s the perfect description (and I’ve learned a new word!). It is filled with profiles of bookish folks, tours of bookstores around the world and stacks of books organized by topic all stunningly, colorfully illustrated. And the quizzes will baffle the brightest of us. My favorite, a five-word synopsis quiz, stumped even the most literary of our Christmas guests, and I’m challenging myself to boil down books to their essence (see bold print above). It’s a joyful book to pick up again and again and one which I highly recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill Mackin

    Such a fun read!

  4. 5 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Spinning Jenny BB

    Have you ever hugged a book? Do you sometimes/ all-the-times feel like the odd one out for reading books? I am on pg. 15 and am giving it 5 stars. Hands down. This book is grilled cheese and tomato soup on a cold day. It is spending Boxing Day in your pyjamas to recover from People. It is reading socks and soft, cozy blankets fresh out of the dryer... I am only reading a few pages every night because it is pure happiness in book form, and I want it to last longer than an ‘80’s jawbreaker.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carly Friedman

    If you love reading, enjoy the feel of a good book in your hands, have ever lovingly caressed the cover of a favorite book, you need to get this book. Every page is a goldmine of beautiful illustrations of books, bookstores and libraries, famous authors’ writing rooms, and book recommendations. I probably added 30 books to my TBR and could have included dozens more. I rarely buy books but I’m tempted to go buy this one tomorrow because I’ll have to return this copy to the library 😆

  8. 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Blinded by library science! Five stars. Really though librarians are probably the after thought and the forethought for a book of "illustrated miscellany" about books. What I love is that the hodgepodge for as hodgepodge-y as it is is not at all. There is a real flow to how the book unfolds in created curated lists in likely most kinds of bookish readers-- from those that read cookbooks to those that read sci fi, interspersed with the most beautiful libraries, writing dens, and the most celebrat Blinded by library science! Five stars. Really though librarians are probably the after thought and the forethought for a book of "illustrated miscellany" about books. What I love is that the hodgepodge for as hodgepodge-y as it is is not at all. There is a real flow to how the book unfolds in created curated lists in likely most kinds of bookish readers-- from those that read cookbooks to those that read sci fi, interspersed with the most beautiful libraries, writing dens, and the most celebrated bookstores using Mount's awesome illustrated style (from the Ideal Bookshelf). It's a narrative about book life with trivia added-- what food appeared in what book, name the book title with a five-word description, author pets plus PLENTY of bookstacks. It is a walk down memory lane and an invitation to read harder (thank you Book Riot) and is very current referencing at least several books published in 2018. A lovely coffee table-type book and for every book lover to read at least once.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    An absolutely gorgeous book, filled with bookish drawing, fun facts, lists and more. Perfect gift for the booklovers in your life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Sheer perfection.

  12. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    RuthAnn

    Recommended for every book lover in your life This book is so great! I put it on my coffee table and leafed through it every so often when I had a minute to spare. It is beautiful, informative, and charming, and it makes a lovely gift and conversation-starter! I loved seeing the illustrated stacks of books and seeing what I had read or what I want to read. My TBR didn't triple, as the introduction warned, but oh man, I am definitely going to look back for book ideas in the future. I also really e Recommended for every book lover in your life This book is so great! I put it on my coffee table and leafed through it every so often when I had a minute to spare. It is beautiful, informative, and charming, and it makes a lovely gift and conversation-starter! I loved seeing the illustrated stacks of books and seeing what I had read or what I want to read. My TBR didn't triple, as the introduction warned, but oh man, I am definitely going to look back for book ideas in the future. I also really enjoyed the quizzes scattered throughout! So fun and creative. I am so happy to own this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ronette

    I received this as a Christmas gift, and I adore it! It is visually beautiful and is full of recommendations to keep one's TBR pile full for a lifetime! The interspersed pages on Beloved Bookstores, Striking Libraries, etc. are icing on the cake! This is one that will be referenced again and again in my home library!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kaytee Cobb

    Beautiful, a gold mine of books and pictures and this would be the best gift for the book lover in your life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Beautiful and informative. I spent days with this book and I don't want to stop looking at it and reading it. Each two page spread has both illustrations and information. Two page spreads include topical and/or genre based lists, beloved bookstores, bookish people recommend, striking libraries, editions, writing rooms, etc. This is such fun. I checked this out from the library but I want my own copy. This is a book to treasure and open and reread any time of day, week, month, or year.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Stevens

    A charming book-about-books, packed with ideas for books to read, shops to visit, connections between books, reviews, and more. And a ribbon bookmark, I am a sucker for those!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Avanders

    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 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 perfect gift for any book lover!

  19. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

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

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amber Erling

    I got this book thinking I would leaf through it for fun bits of bookish trivia while hopefully adding a few books to my "want to read" pile and ended up reading it cover to cover. The author's approach of using many different voices, frequently authors themselves, to recommend potential reads meant my "want to read" pile had grown substantially by the time I had finished this book with many books being from genres I don't typically explore. The trivia about authors and books was interesting and I got this book thinking I would leaf through it for fun bits of bookish trivia while hopefully adding a few books to my "want to read" pile and ended up reading it cover to cover. The author's approach of using many different voices, frequently authors themselves, to recommend potential reads meant my "want to read" pile had grown substantially by the time I had finished this book with many books being from genres I don't typically explore. The trivia about authors and books was interesting and sometimes downright surprising and the featured bookstores and libraries made me want to start making travel plans. I do wish some of those featured bookstores and libraries were located in Chicago so I could've started exploring more immediately but I suppose it's just inspired me to do some research of my own.

  22. 5 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dipali

    This book is perfect.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily Davenport

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

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jan Polep

    I can no longer hog the library copy of "Bibliophile". Do yourself a favor and buy this one, too, because it is jam-packed with illustrated lists of best books by topic and other bookmania lists of bookstores, Novel food, book club suggestions, bookstore cats, Little Free Libraries , reference cookbooks...200+ pages of 2 page spreads per list. (Tip: Make "Bibliphile" a choice for your book club and explore new genres to pep up your reading year.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brianne

    What a wonderful book! It will make you love reading and books even more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

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

  28. 4 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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