Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Inspire Me: The Beauty of Books

There's something very special about a printed book that no amount of e-books in the world can replace. Upon a recent quest for new and noteworthy coffee table books, there was one book among the masses that caught my attention. It's called The Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount (November 13, 2012). While some may liken this book to Kramer's infamous coffee table book on coffee tables. For the avid reader and book enthusiast this comes as a window into the homes and minds of leading cultural figures as they share a collection of books that matter to them. Upon flipping through the pages you start to realise how little of the literary world you have actually conquered as you slowly take mental notes of titles to add to your reading list. If you are ever at all curious about what other people read, then this one's for you.

And when it comes to the love of the printed word I think author Joe Queenan said it best in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal:

"People who need to possess the physical copy of a book, not merely an electronic version, believe that the objects themselves are sacred. Some people may find this attitude baffling, arguing that books are merely objects that take up space. This is true, but so are Prague, and your kids and the Sistine Chapel."

I'm staring to get off topic, but then again that's the beauty of the written word. One thought lead to another to another and soon you have a full discourse on the meaning of life. But I digress again. Since The Ideal Bookshelf is all about the books that define us, I couldn't help but ponder over the very same question myself. Which books have defined my life? Which books do I turn to? Which books have altered my course of history? The list in the picture above was no small feat to compile, in fact I had trouble filling in the titles of all ten blank books. I guess I have a lot more reading to do.

If you've made it this far then I must apologise for the heavy nature of this post. Don't worry it's back to my usual frivolous writings in the next one.

      My Ideal Bookshelf
                   available >> here and here.

Do you have a favourite book or reading list to share? What books have defined your life?


Always Maylee said...

I have to confess, I don't really read that much. I can never seem to find the time. I used when back when I was younger.. I loved books like The Devil Wears Prada and The Nanny Diaries. Most recently I like to read sad and depressing books, haha, so anything by Jodi Picoult. But like I said, I don't really read... don't hate me! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

A Very Sweet Blog said...

jenee, i agree. i love a book that you can feel and flip through. i don't have an e-reader yet and i'm still on the fence about purchasing one. i did get rid of a lot of books, but couldn't get rid of the one's that were truly special to me. as mentioned above, some are too sacred to get rid of. a book that really hit me was memoirs of a geisha. i know it's an older book, but it was so compelling, i read it in like 3 days. there were so many life lessons. i truly loved it. excellent post! more people need to read more often.

Unknown said...

I have to agree here, I love my kindle app but there is something so special about getting a new book and opening it up for the first time that just does it for me!!! Thank you for your comment, it made my day!!!!! New follower :)
brooke @ what2wear

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you on this, even though I love blogging I hope printed media will stay a long side it. Currently trying to find a nice bookshelf for my boyfriends apartment!


Alissa said...

This is so shallow but when I was a teenager I was obsessed with the Great Gatsby.

Anonymous said...

I had never heard about this before! My favourite book would be The Catcher in the Rye.

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fabulouspetite said...

I have to agree. I prefer printed books than e-boks esp the older one's, I so love the smell.


trishie said...

I still haven't made the switch to e-book beause I LOVE flipping through the paper ones.

Allison said...

OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I'm a big fan of reading (and paper books- I still CAN NOT switch to an e-reader- just CAN NOT DO IT!) and have read some amazing books that I could read over and over. Ready, here they are: Middlesex, The Kite Runner, A Million Little Pieces, The Lovely Bones, The Time Traveler's Wife, One Hundred Years of Solitude...and I'm sure many more that I'm forgetting... :)

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Stevia said...

I definitely love a real book with real paper in my hands than e-book anyday of my life :)
so I can pass it on to my children and grandchildren, the book that changes their parents/grandparents life!

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Although I use and read both e-books and paper, there's nothing like the printed word, flipping pages of a favourite book. I love Pillars of the Earth and Jane Eyre. Good reads.

Bravoe Runway said...

I have not read a book since completing my MBA program and prefer a real book and magazine over the e version.

Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

I'm a bookworm. The problem is we move around a lot. When it comes to fiction, it has to be e-books. Non negotiable. However, I just can't deal with electronic format when it for cookbooks, travel or reference books. I've tried and failed miserably.

Simona said...

You are preaching to the choir here, I love books, my whole house is books. I am a writer and even writing on paper is so different, and more inspiring than doing it online. Any way, thanks for coming by yesterday, your comment made my day, I just browsed your blog and I love your style. i started following you on GFC And Bloglovin, keep them coming!

xix said...

This is such a lovely post! I had never heard of this book before, but now I want it desperately hahah. Your picks are great, though I've only read a few of them (Secret Garden, the Stranger, and Jane Eyre...and I've loved them all). I definitely mainly read e-books now, for the sake of convenience, but truly, nothing beats that feeling of cracking open a printed book.

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Jill J. said...

Love this post so much! :) I am a huge fan of the e-reader but mostly because I read so fast I can keep multiple books on hand at once! Makes it easier for traveling, that's for sure!

My fave book of all time is the Great Gatsby. I could read it over and over and over - still do! :)

xo, jill
Classy with a Kick

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Wonderful post. I cannot live without my books, they are my treasures and have been so since I was a little girl. And I can't actually read e-books - only printed versions. x

Jeans and a Teacup said...

What a cool book! I love my books and have no desire to get an e-reader! I love seeing all my books on the shelf!
Jeans and a Teacup

R's Rue said...

I love this post!

Mrs C said...

Oh, this is my favorite topic. I love books, I have too many of which I read over and over but I ran out of space to buy more. So what I did was I keep only my absolute favorites (that's a whole shelve already) and got myself a Kindle. I have now about 50 titles on it ready to be read but still, I will not have my faves on Kindle, they have to be in material.. I have to be able to smell, touch and flip them. I can really relate to this article coz I have titles to fill up all the categories.. books I read over and over - all of Sophie Kinsella, books that make me cry - Angela's Ashes, the Fine Thing, books that change my life - Toxic Parents... and so on and on.. Lovely post by the way.. happy reading my dear! :)

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