A gorgeous collection!
I stumbled upon this book while shifting the new bookshelves in my local library and was immediately taken by the gorgeous cover and illustrations. I am so glad I managed to find this book on a whim. The Bibliophile is a collection of information related to books by authors of color or who are usually underrepresented in the wider literary world. Many of the books in this collection were known to me as it’s my job to know what fiction is out there, but many of the nonfiction titles were new. The illustrations are the selling point of this book for me as they add SO MUCH to the overall feel of the book. Without these illustrations, this book would merely be a list of things to read, but the artwork adds to the title’s ambiance and makes every book feel essential. I also loved how this includes various bookstores in major metropolitan areas, as I love to buy my books from independent bookstores and am always open to adding more to my list. My favorite local bookstore, Semicolon Books in Chicago, was included, and I fangirled about that for a long time.
Anyone who is a fan of reading and literature will get something out of this title, and it is a fantastic book to consider giving as a gift.
Title: Bibliophile: Diverse Spines
Author: Jamise Harper
Three Descriptors: Creative, Well-Illustrated, Fun
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount
Portable Magic by Emma Smith
Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops by Shaun Bythell
A Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissley
My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount