Living With Books
Some people never have more than a shelf or two of books. Others are more committed: they hoard books, rearrange them, and seldom get rid of any. Living with Books, aimed at the latter group, addresses the challenges and joys of a home masquerading as a library, from storage to display to the use of books as structural elements and furniture.Each chapter covers a different room and the special way that books can exist in or enhance that space. Obvious areas such as dens and offices are covered, along with more daring places such as hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. Special features include a closer look at the care and display of decorative books, decorative papers, and bookplates, and a final chapter on custom-building bookshelves to suit every home.

Living With Books Details

TitleLiving With Books
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 13th, 1999
PublisherSoma Books
ISBN-139781579590246
Rating
GenreWriting, Books About Books, Nonfiction, Reference, Design, Art, Photography

Living With Books Review

  • Two Readers in Love
    January 1, 1970
    Books do furnish a room"... or if left to their own devices, totally take the room over..Most design books show a few books placed artfully in the corner of a huge display case, mixed in with the tchotchkes. Some even go so far to show a wall of perfectly matched hardbacks, to provide that oh-so-intellectual backdrop to the huge main space. This is all absolutely useless for those of us with a serious book addiction.This is a design book for real-world bibliophiles. The beautiful photographs ill Books do furnish a room"... or if left to their own devices, totally take the room over..Most design books show a few books placed artfully in the corner of a huge display case, mixed in with the tchotchkes. Some even go so far to show a wall of perfectly matched hardbacks, to provide that oh-so-intellectual backdrop to the huge main space. This is all absolutely useless for those of us with a serious book addiction.This is a design book for real-world bibliophiles. The beautiful photographs illustrate several attractive ideas for storing and displaying books in every room in the house – including the bathroom. The styles range for antique to super-modern, and from formal (beautiful mahogany bookcases with leather bound tomes) to casual (impromptu stacks on the staircase.) There are several really innovative solutions: the “bookworm” bookcase that floats books in the air, bookshelves hung from the ceiling, etc. For those of you – and you know who you are – that have a book fetish, I suppose this book qualifies as library porn.For those brave enough to tackle building their own solutions, the book has a brief set of projects at the end; this is sufficient for those who just want to solve the problem at hand, but probably not enough to satisfy a serious do-it-yourselfer.
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  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    January 1, 1970
    Of course I'd be drawn by a book about well, books, book shelves, etc. And the pictures for the different bookshelves in different settings was really good. Some make for an interesting project doesn't it? I especially like the bookstore ones. Really good read for any book lover.
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    A coffee table book, this nevertheless had quite a few good ideas for my study project. I found an unusual, yet functional, cantilevered bookcase design that will look distinctive with the hardwood floors I'm planning. I just need a carpenter to tell me if it's stable enough to resist earthquakes.
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  • JOEY
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Powers' writing style. It suits a book about books. And I thought the photography was great.
  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    Just glorious.
  • Michael Heath-Caldwell
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting book on interior design concepts focusing on books and book cases.
  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Back cover: "In a true booklover's home, there are no rooms that do not contain books." A book about storing and displaying books.
  • Karl Gruenewald
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating book with some worthwhile observations that will appeal to dedicated readers and architecture enthusiasts alike.
  • Jjudyfl
    January 1, 1970
    This is a GLORIOUS book! It is filled with large, colorful pages of how books are stored, displayed, stacked up and stashed-all-over-the-place.Some pages make me laugh. Some pages make me fear earthquakes. But all pages make me smile.Cabinets, tables, bedrooms, bathrooms, stairways! Hallways! and more!!There are a few pages about caring for books, and also instructions on how to make simple book storage units.I would say that this is a beautiful coffee table book, -- but who has room for a coffe This is a GLORIOUS book! It is filled with large, colorful pages of how books are stored, displayed, stacked up and stashed-all-over-the-place.Some pages make me laugh. Some pages make me fear earthquakes. But all pages make me smile.Cabinets, tables, bedrooms, bathrooms, stairways! Hallways! and more!!There are a few pages about caring for books, and also instructions on how to make simple book storage units.I would say that this is a beautiful coffee table book, -- but who has room for a coffee table? ,
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    The photos in this book were lots of fun - it was a bit like a lifestyle magazine with its design ideas and overall commentary but because the book is dated the overposh sparkle found today is absent. These were lived in places that were photographed and you can tell. It was humorous and quirky. I was 75% done with the book before I realized the author was British - then whole back half had lots of regional nuances that stood out a lot.
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    This contained pictures of how people store their books in their homes, with additional book information interspersed within. It was full with bright, colorful, photos, but with more of a post-modern slant than I was hoping for. There were no bookcases with the rolling ladders that I dream of one day having in my home.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Spotted this on a friend's "to read" list, and just had to check it out myself! Lots of ideas for a house full of books, and the line "In reality, most collections contain books that are old friends but do not need to be visited very often" particularly resonated with the book hoarder in me (although I am getting much better at saying goodbye to books I won't ever read again).
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  • Zamri Misman
    January 1, 1970
    Must read!!!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    A little more out of date than Decorating with Books, and the libraries this book displays are not as pretty and more cluttery.
  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Sort of like a print version of Bookshelf Porn. Mostly either unattainable minimalistic arrangements, or rustic English cottage displays.
  • Jeana
    January 1, 1970
    Ha ha. I didn't realize it until halfway through this book that I had read it before and thought it was just so-so. An unremarkable book really.
  • Luchitoplus
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent description of ideas, in how to place your book collection at home.
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Meh. Very dated, felt like it was written in the '70s even though it was published in 1999.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. From the presentations of the different personal libraries (including bathroom and kitchen libraries) to the bookstores and collections, this is a very visually appealing book to me. In addition the text was great. In the back there are plans so you can build different style bookshelves too.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun book to peruse. I skimmed the text and looked at the lovely images. I now want more bookshelves!
  • Schnaucl
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting book to read. I had the same problem with it that I have with books about interior design though, much of it what they were showing seemed at least somewhat impractical for daily life. I do own some books that could be put in an area that's not easily accessible, but it's a relatively small amount. Even if there's a book that I don't think I'll be rereading soon, there's a good chance that a friend will want to borrow it. I really liked the idea of painting a speaker to l This was an interesting book to read. I had the same problem with it that I have with books about interior design though, much of it what they were showing seemed at least somewhat impractical for daily life. I do own some books that could be put in an area that's not easily accessible, but it's a relatively small amount. Even if there's a book that I don't think I'll be rereading soon, there's a good chance that a friend will want to borrow it. I really liked the idea of painting a speaker to look like books on a shelf so it blends in. The pictures are gorgeous and provide excellent examples of the ideas the author is talking about. However, I noticed a lot of the books on shelves were faded with pale or lightly colored spines whereas my own books tend to have dark spines. Also, I love the idea of a shelf in the bath for reading and keeping the book dry. But I very much disagree that it should be installed to make bath time "more productive." Reading in the bath should be a pleasure, not just another opportunity to work. So again, there are some interesting ideas but a number of them are impractical for anyone who does not have a nonstandard architecture home (many of the homes in the book were either designed by well known architects or were built hundreds of years ago) or for a person who wants ready access to most of the books in a large collection. Still, it's fun to go through and look at the different ways people display and store their books.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    That rating of three stars is because I'm nice, because there are some nice pictures in the book. This is not really a book about living with books, but about how decorate with books (at times it might just as well have been the book 'Living with boxes') and it's not the same.And it is quite forgettable. I finished the book last night and I can hardly remember anything that was written in it. Nor, actually, much of the illustrations.
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  • Shonna Froebel
    January 1, 1970
    This examination of books as decorative elements in homes provides some interesting ideas for book storage. It is divided into different types of room from home offices to bathrooms, and I got some ideas from it. I preferred the quirky to the traditional. It would have been nice to see more addressing small spaces as I have lots of books and a small house.
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  • Will Mego
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the more boring collections of pictures of bookshelves you'll find. There's another book I also read the same day with the same title which will also be getting a poor review, just for a different reason.Honestly, if you're looking for ideas for your home, you'd find far more inventive and interesting ideas by visiting an IKEA store. I'm not a huge IKEA fan, either.
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  • Ellie Dynek
    January 1, 1970
    Having piles of books scattered all around my room, I now have some cool design ideas in regards to organizing them. Hopefully I can get at least a few of these to work for me.
  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Book porn
  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing after AT HOME WITH BOOKS; this is more a photo book for decorators, not book lovers. It's less about storage or library design and more about how to decorate your house with books.
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