Bibliophile
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 authorsA 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.

Bibliophile Details

TitleBibliophile
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherChronicle Books
ISBN-139781452167237
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Books About Books, Art, Reference

Bibliophile Review

  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    .....This is the book that keeps on giving........It’s a book for book and artwork lovers........The physical hardcopy is gorgeous....with a ribbon bookmark........Wonderful gift for book lovers...can be read cover to cover or jump around...read in any order......Beautifully crafted, charming illustrations, entertaining, and informative...Author Jane Mount lives in Maui with her husband and two “weird cats”. Jane says: “Making this book has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I often .....This is the book that keeps on giving........It’s a book for book and artwork lovers........The physical hardcopy is gorgeous....with a ribbon bookmark........Wonderful gift for book lovers...can be read cover to cover or jump around...read in any order......Beautifully crafted, charming illustrations, entertaining, and informative...Author Jane Mount lives in Maui with her husband and two “weird cats”. Jane says: “Making this book has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I often jump into projects and then figure out how exactly to do them, because, well, I like a challenge. The whole idea seemed huge and scary and I knew I would feel ridiculously great after I finished it. If you’re not challenging yourself, and not pushing to make the very best possible thing, then what’s the point, really?”Jane tells us: “The goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile. It’s a literary WUNDERKAMMER, connecting you with books you might love for all kinds of reasons— because the subject speaks to you, because you found it through a great local library, or because there is a cute cat on the cover. Like a portable, beloved book store with aisles full of passionate shelftakers, this volume contains something for everyone who enters. Each time you open it, you’ll find another jewel you didn’t know you needed to find until that moment”. Jewels I found inside:.....Many books I’ve read and cherished.......I found myself eyeing over and over Jane’s bookshelf’s drawings. Beautiful artwork that brings back memories of stories inside. For example ...her ‘classic’ -colorful bookshelf included: To kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Bronte, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, East of Eden, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, The Little Prince.Other book shelves: from fiction, non-fiction, children’s, food writing, ( separate from the shelf baking and desserts), bookloved bookstores, “A Sense of Place”, Mysteries, Book Club Darlings, “Unhappy Families Each In Their Own Way”, sports, travel, to every genre & variety grouping in between..... [ADORABLE PAINTED BOOKSHELVES].... note the bookshelves are painted BOOKS....(in stacks). I loved the way Jane picked and organized her bookshelves. Her drawings are fabulous ....must have been hours of work. A great book to share....and leave out for others to flip through. This book desires to be touched. A kindle download would never be the same...( and a review can never fully describe this lovely gem).....It’s really a MUST SEE & READ YOURSELF.....type of experience if there ever was such an individual experience. Jane has painted literally over 1000 *Ideal Bookshelves* since the year of 2008.She has painted the favorite books of writers, teachers, biologist, chefs, architects, musicians, kindergartners, retirees, atheists, buddhists, tattoo artists, grandfathers, and lawyers. Jane has painted literary fiction, and popular fiction from all genres plus poetry, essays, memoirs, comics, short stories, travel guide, history books, science books, self-help books, cookbooks, art books, and children’s and young adult book .... This modern Bibliophile....also includes interesting bookstores, songs about books, unique libraries, quizzes and trivia games, (miscellany), bookstore cats, and more...Sprinkled with love on every page.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    Bibliophile is a top-notch gift for bookworms and would make a splendid addition to any waiting room or coffee table. Author and illustrator Jane Mount opens by saying, "The goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile," but, if I'm being honest, that really didn't happen for me (which is shocking given how exceptionally talented I am at making Mount TBR grow). For me, Bibliophile stirred a longing to travel to more bookstores around the world, to examine public libraries next Bibliophile is a top-notch gift for bookworms and would make a splendid addition to any waiting room or coffee table. Author and illustrator Jane Mount opens by saying, "The goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile," but, if I'm being honest, that really didn't happen for me (which is shocking given how exceptionally talented I am at making Mount TBR grow). For me, Bibliophile stirred a longing to travel to more bookstores around the world, to examine public libraries next time I'm in a different city, and to snuggle my kitties because there are a lot of darling kittens mentioned in this book but none are as adorable as my own. :D
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect book for those of us who respond to visual inspiration. This is a book to be savored over time, possibly not read from front to end in chronological order. Or maybe a quick turn of all the pages, with the idea to go back to focus on those areas of interest. What I'm getting at here is this is a book I'd like to own, one to enjoy or refer to when the mood or need strikes. One thing I really loved was the nod to many of the best Independent Book Stores in the World. Certainly makes me want Perfect book for those of us who respond to visual inspiration. This is a book to be savored over time, possibly not read from front to end in chronological order. Or maybe a quick turn of all the pages, with the idea to go back to focus on those areas of interest. What I'm getting at here is this is a book I'd like to own, one to enjoy or refer to when the mood or need strikes. One thing I really loved was the nod to many of the best Independent Book Stores in the World. Certainly makes me want to take a trip. My sincere thanks to all my GR friends who recommended this. This was the first review read that really encouraged me to pick this book up:Victoria's Review of Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, a woman with a very visual astuteness.
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  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jenny, The Distracted Bee
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jill Mackin
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun read!
  • Diane Barnes
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books for leafing through when you have a few spare minutes, or at bedtime when you're too tired and sleepy to pay attention to a plot line. The watercolor artwork by Jane Mount is a delight, and we are treated to book recommendations from librarians, teachers, booksellers, etc., bookstores around the world, drawings of the workspaces of writers, lists of book genres, and little tidbits of arcane information about books and publishers and authors. I loved picking it up at ra This is one of those books for leafing through when you have a few spare minutes, or at bedtime when you're too tired and sleepy to pay attention to a plot line. The watercolor artwork by Jane Mount is a delight, and we are treated to book recommendations from librarians, teachers, booksellers, etc., bookstores around the world, drawings of the workspaces of writers, lists of book genres, and little tidbits of arcane information about books and publishers and authors. I loved picking it up at random times for a little inspiration. If you know a booklover who needs a gift, look no further. This one is perfect!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I love this gorgeous book! The introduction compares it to a portable bookstore and I agree. Turning the pages is like browsing the aisles of a well-curated bookshop. Mount's wonderful drawings of book stacks fill the pages and I have been studying the spines of each of them - touching them, admiring them, noting those that I've read and want to read. This is a book that I will keep referring to. It makes me happy just to hold. I bought this for myself but if it had been a gift, I would have fel I love this gorgeous book! The introduction compares it to a portable bookstore and I agree. Turning the pages is like browsing the aisles of a well-curated bookshop. Mount's wonderful drawings of book stacks fill the pages and I have been studying the spines of each of them - touching them, admiring them, noting those that I've read and want to read. This is a book that I will keep referring to. It makes me happy just to hold. I bought this for myself but if it had been a gift, I would have felt deeply understood by the gift giver.
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  • ✨Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful! Simply delightful book about books. This book contains everything you would ever want to know about different genres of books, authors, book stores worldwide, music about books, and even the bookkeepers themselves. The illustrations are very bright and colorful. A perfect book for any bibliophile to add to their library shelves.I highly recommend it!
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  • Carly Friedman
    January 1, 1970
    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 😆
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Elizabeth A
    January 1, 1970
    This delightful book is full of lovely illustrations, and would make a lovely gift for all the readers in your life, including yourself. There's lots of bookish information to delight readers including curated lists, book recommendations, beloved bookstores, and bookstore pets. Every two page spread has bookish tidbits with accompanying illustrations. The beautiful illustrations and book design are what make this book in my opinion. It's a lovely ode to all things book related. While I did not a This delightful book is full of lovely illustrations, and would make a lovely gift for all the readers in your life, including yourself. There's lots of bookish information to delight readers including curated lists, book recommendations, beloved bookstores, and bookstore pets. Every two page spread has bookish tidbits with accompanying illustrations. The beautiful illustrations and book design are what make this book in my opinion. It's a lovely ode to all things book related. While I did not agree with all the of the items on the curated lists, this was such a fun book to dip in and out of. This would be a perfect book to bring along on a multi-generational gathering as it would spark interesting discussions among the readers in the group. This beautifully designed physical book is a pleasure to peruse, and my TBR is groaning under the additional weight.P.S. I initially started the ebook, and while the images can be enlarged, you lose much of the beauty of this one in electronic form.
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  • Lisa Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely gorgeous book, filled with bookish drawing, fun facts, lists and more. Perfect gift for the booklovers in your life.
  • RuthAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended for every book lover in your lifeThis 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 lifeThis 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!
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Sheer perfection.
  • Edie Streams
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Deborah Stevens
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This book is amazing to read. It has so much bookish fun! This will have to be one of my coffee table books. :)
  • Patb
    January 1, 1970
    One of the beautifully illustrated books I have ever read. A wonderful book about books, authors, bookstores, and readers. Thank you for sharing your artistic talent with us!Reading Women Challenge - A book you picked up because of the cover
  • Zuzana Navratilova
    January 1, 1970
    The greatest book for book lovers. ♥ It’s such a pleasure going through this beautiful collection of all things books and finding many new titles to read. The greatest book for book lovers. ♥️ It’s such a pleasure going through this beautiful collection of all things books and finding many new titles to read.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    To say that I "read" this book is to use that term loosely. I dipped in and out of it. I perused it. I delighted in it. And sometimes I disagreed with it.If you need a book gift for a booklover, this is perfect. It's a coffee table book full of colorful vivid illustrations and tons of book recommendations from book industry people. It has a marvelous ribbon marker to mark your place or your favorites. I'd buy myself a copy except I know it would soon be lost in my piles of books.Now for the disa To say that I "read" this book is to use that term loosely. I dipped in and out of it. I perused it. I delighted in it. And sometimes I disagreed with it.If you need a book gift for a booklover, this is perfect. It's a coffee table book full of colorful vivid illustrations and tons of book recommendations from book industry people. It has a marvelous ribbon marker to mark your place or your favorites. I'd buy myself a copy except I know it would soon be lost in my piles of books.Now for the disagree part. The illustrations are mostly stacks of books around a theme. For example, the cover seems to be recognizable "classics" with one notable exception....the book Heart Berries: A Memoir which was the only 2018 book that I rated 1 star. I would argue that even if you loved this book, it is not a modern day classic and will be forgotten within a year. I noticed Mount did this in other illustrations as well which pretty much assures that her book is going to feel dated rather quickly. Ah well, for now it's a joy so seize the moment!
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  • Ronette
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Kaytee Cobb
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, a gold mine of books and pictures and this would be the best gift for the book lover in your life.
  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Booklovers will have a wonderful time with this one. Make sure you have pen and paper handy. You will be adding books.
  • Jo Beth
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful book! I suspect it will remain on my coffee table for a very long time. It is easy to pick up and browse through anytime the mood strikes. It offered uncountable suggestions of books to add to my “Want to Read” list. Many thanks to my niece for this perfect gift.
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