Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Book Nerd.

Books are my passion and my problem, as exhibited by the below picture of just my paperbacks/novels:


Now that we’ve established I’m a huge book dork, we can move along!

Books are great gifts to give and great gifts to receive, and artist Jane Mount has put a really cool spin on the receiving side. She can do custom versions of her “ideal bookshelf”, available online here.

books1 books2

She has limited edition pre-done prints, but can also do the custom ideal bookshelf. What would be on yours? It took me way longer than it should have to think of mine, but here’s what I’d have:


House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

The Romantics, Galt Niederhoffer

Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns

A Separate Peace, John Knowles

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Beach Music, Pat Conroy

The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger

Norton Anthology of Poetry


I’ve linked to Amazon above, but have you heard of the new Bookswim website, the Netflix for books? I got a trial membership free for 3 months and I have to say I’m a little skeptical. I got three books at once and can send them back when I’m done or choose to keep. The books were in fine condition, much like the ones I buy second-hand at the Housing Works Bookshop. I realized the upside and the purpose for which I will probably use Bookswim – you can read hardcovers that are out on sale without having to pay the $29.99 – the cost of one month of membership at Bookswim. Otherwise, I’m keen to keep my books, dog-eared and crinkled, on their shelves forever.

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