BIBLIOSTYLE: How We Live at Home with Books

Author: Nina Freudenberger
Photographer: Shade Degges
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Imprint: Clarkson Potter
Publishing date: 2019
Pages: 272

Have you ever wondered how Jonathan Safran Foe's personal library looked like? Or perhaps you were curious to know where Art Spiegelman and his wife's reading tastes meet. How extensive were other people's book collections? How they organize and maintaine their bookshelves? What books inspire other writers and creators? What are their rituals when in comes to reading? What was it that turned them into book collectors in the first place? And what books are they still hoping to find for their collections? You can find answers to all these questions in this beautiful book with teal blue cover showcasing a lovely fireplace filled with books.

I was over the moon excited when the publisher so kindly sent me a copy of the book to review. My dad and I are currently finishing works on my own personal library and we're always on the lookout for inspiration. My dad actually confiscated the book as soon as it came and spent a whole evening contentedly looking at the exquisite photographs. I'm pretty sure that you're not really supposed to read a coffee table book cover to cover in one sitting, but that's exactly what I did when I finally got my hands on it. Reading about all these interesting people whose lives are in one way or another intertwined with books was absolutely fascinating to me and I could not put it down. I learend so much and gained a lot of new book recommendations, which is always great.

There are thirty-five homes of writers, designers, hoteliers, illustrators and literary enthusiasts captured in more than 250 brilliant photos, which makes this book a dream for everyone who appreciates a beautifully bound book as well as nicely curated interior. If you are a bibliophile, designer or simply a homebody who loves to read, Bibliostyle is a book that will make your soul rejoice. It's a celebration of literature and the beauty that books bestow on our lives and homes alike. In this book you will also find introductions to many bookshops and libraries that are definitely worth a visit during your next travelling adventures.

The thing that I especially appreciate about this book is that it showcases authentic and unique home decor. In books about design, you usually find these perfect and spotless places that can make your head ache, for its so difficult to achieve such effects in your own homes. I for example live in a house that is more than 100 years old. And so the walls, doors and windows are far from perfect but they are beautiful still. I love vintage things that have a character of their own, but I found myself struggling with my perfectionist tendencies when working on building my library. Reading of this book was like a balm for my soul; it made me rediscover the beauty in little imperfections and embrace them when it comes to my own home.

As the cover of this book delineates, you'll find many different takes on the book organizing here. Some bookshelves were traditional and majestic, others were eccentric and surprising. It's a book that will inspire you to look at your own book collections and try a different way of displaying them in your homes. If you put it on a coffee table, I'm sure your visitors will gladly thumb through it and struck a conversation about books with you. It's a book that's bound to make you think about book collecting in a different way. By reading about all these collectors, you will discover what kind of a collector and reader you are. If you're curating a library of your own, this book is a must have for you. And if you have a booklover in your family or among friends, Bibliostyle would make a perfect gift for Christmas to them...


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