I'm not much of a reader, but I absolutely love coffee table books. I love books about fashion, style, make up and all things beautiful and creative. I love looking through the pages with those big glossy images because they instantly inspire me and for me, the stunning visuals that accompany the words always make them a little bit more enjoyable to read.
Here is what my book collection looks like. I bought My French Life by Vicki Archer and Makeup The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris about three years ago from Myer. My French Life tells the travelling adventures of Vicki Archer with beautiful photography by Carla Coulson. Makeup The Ultimate Guide also features stunning photography and teaches you the very basics about make up application.
Aren't these Little Miss books totally adorable? One of my best guy friends bought these for me for Christmas one year because I'm a little bit shy, small and a total neat freak! I'd love to own the whole collection of these.
Nylon is one of my favourite magazines, so when I saw these books on Amazon for relatively inexpensive, I just had to buy them. Play is about music, which features some pretty cool bands, Pretty is about beauty, which will teach you how to create celebrity signature looks, while Street features the street style of everyday people from many different cities across the world.
I remember when MKA's book first came out and it was such a must-have. I didn't give in immediately, but I'm glad I did because this book is just wonderful. I'm not a religious follower of fashion, but I do love it - both high end and street style - which is also why I bought New York Look Book.
The Photo Album is a book by Frankie magazine (another one of my favourites), which features everyday photographs from everyday people. Most of these photos come from Flickr and this book is like a small version of my Flickr Favourites. This book is full of many wonderful photos and I love Frankie a lot, so I'm thinking about getting their recipe and interior design books.
Fifi Lapin - What Shall I Wear Today? and Keep Calm and Carry On are my two most recent purchases I received last week. I've been on the hunt for the Fifi Lapin book for quite some time and I'm so glad I finally got my hands on it! I originally ordered it from Amazon, but it took them well over a month to tell me they didn't have it in stock anymore. Funnily enough, I ended up finding it on an Australian online bookstore. Keep Calm and Carry On came up in the recommended suggestions section and I couldn't pass it up. It's full of such inspirational and witty quotes.
I'd really love to own The Virgin Suicides photo book, but it's $400 on Amazon, so it's fair to say that this will never happen in my lifetime.
Actual reading books I'd love to own:
- Animal Farm by George Orwell (loved this book when I studied it in high school. I find revolutions and corrupt political leaders so fascinating)
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (I've heard good things about this book and I'd love to read this, since I loved Animal Farm so much)
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (I loved both movies that were made)
- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (as one of my favourite films ever, I really need to read the book)
- High Fidelty by Nick Hornby (as a music lover, I loved the movie and I have no doubt I would love the book)
- Breakfast At Tiffany's by Truman Capote (do I really need to explain?)
One day I dream of owning my own little apartment or cottage-like house with white walls, hardwood floors and window seats. I'd decorate it with chandeliers, photos, French things, magazine clippings and a white Expedit bookcase from Ikea to house all my pretty books and knick knacks. I think showing off your books in your home can instantly add character and personality.
What are some of your favourite books?