New books. Who doesn’t love ’em? Voracious reader or not, there’s nothing better than the promise of a new, yet-to-be-explored book (novel, coffee table, cookbook, or otherwise). Over the weekend on Instagram*, I was talking about how pleasurable it is to stop into an actual bookstore, after Joe and I were in midtown on Saturday afternoon and decided to pop into Barnes & Noble. I always have a running list of books I want that lives on Amazon, but as fun as it is to discover something new online, absolutely nothing can beat the thrill of flipping through books in an actual store. Beyond the tactile pleasure of opening a fresh book, you inevitably come across so many more titles that you probably would never have discovered online. In fact, the vast majority of these books I found in store over the weekend (although I’ll cop to it: two of them have been living on that Amazon Wish List for a while now). Three books I have my eye on are above; check out another three, after the jump (plus, if you’re curious what that Instagram asterisk was about up above, read on for more details!)…
1.// I came across this book in store and can’t stop thinking about it. The title pretty much sums it up — it’s the most beautiful book featuring photos of sample books and cards of French ribbon, new and old. It was so fun to flip through, and I’m planning on adding it to my collection. 2.// When I was in grade school, I always enjoyed art class, but never excelled at things like drawing or painting. Collage though…collage I could get behind (which doesn’t surprise as much now given how much I enjoy layout design!). This book was so inspiring to look through. Featuring modern collages from the 1920s onward, it made me want to go home, gather all types of scraps, and collage for myself. 3.// This cookbook is one that’s been on my Wish List for a while. I absolutely adore David Lebovitz (his blog is a must read if you love to cook and/or love Paris), and his latest book promises to be gorgeously, deliciously, inspiring.
4.// I grabbed this book off a table laden with fiction titles, and was immediately intrigued by the description. Ballet? France? A love story that sounds like it brings the dramz? Sign me up! 5.// This is another one that’s been on my Wish List. Anyone who enjoys vintage or antique items would enjoy it — aptly named, The Furniture Bible covers how to identify, restore and care for furniture pieces. 6.// I absolutely loved Maria Semple’s book Where’d You Go Bernadette?; in fact, it’s one of my favorite novels ever. This book actually came out before it, and is a perfect example of why online algorithms aren’t always perfect — I had never heard of it! I spotted it walking through the store Saturday, and knowing how much I enjoyed Semple’s subsequent novel, this one’s on the list now too.
Any good books you’ve read lately? Anything you’re getting ready to read?
* Speaking of Instagram, I’m participating in a HUGE $850 J.Crew gift card giveaway right now! It’s open through tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. Check out my Instagram account on your smart phone for all the details and to enter — you’ll need to be in the Instagram app in order to submit your entry!