Bibliophile by Jane Mount


The ultimate gift for book lovers, this volume brims with literary treasures, all delightfully illustrated by beloved artist and founder of Ideal Bookshelf, Jane Mount. Book lovers, rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. Readers will:• Tour the world's most beautiful bookstores• Test their knowledge of the written word w...

Details Bibliophile

Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherChronicle Books
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Books About Books, Art

Reviews Bibliophile

  • Diane S ☔
    Another absolutely wonderful book about all things bookish. Lists of course, classified into subjects, classics, sports, fantasy etc. I did pretty well on many of the lists, except for the genres I read little of, fantasy, scyfy. This is so much more than just lists though, it also highlights some wonderful bookstores, gorgeous libraries around the world, and the rooms some well known authors used to write their books. There are short bios or par...
  • Victoria
    Whimsically rendered ode to books.I love books (obviously).I love art.I love humor.I love trivia, quizzes and all around cleverness.This book delivers on every one of these and so much more. It’s too late to gift for the holidays, but this should be on your list to gift yourself or another book lover in your life at any time of year.The author and artist calls it a literary Wunderkammer, and after looking the word up to read ‘a place where a ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Bibliophile is a top-notch gift for bookworms and would make a splendid addition to any waiting room or coffee table. Author and illustrator Jane Mount opens by saying, "The goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile," but, if I'm being honest, that really didn't happen for me (which is shocking given how exceptionally talented I am at making Mount TBR grow). For me, Bibliophile stirred a longing to travel to more bookstores ...
  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    I love this book so much that I'd give it ten stars out of five, if I could.This book was written just for me, I think.It's everything book-ish. It's good books, of course, by list. It's wonderful bookstores. It's great libraries. It's authors and illustrators. And it's all hand-drawn, with lovely pictures of books and bookshops and libraries and authors.I love this book. I wish I could loan you my copy, but I love it too much to share it. You mu...
  • Jill Mackin
    Such a fun read!
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    I was sent a copy of Bibliophile by my bookish buddy Katrina because I've been working with the publisher for my day job. This really is my sort of miscellany. Jane Mount is super talented – I have been coveting a bookstack print myself – and Bibliophile is full of literary facts, book recommendations, and bookshop spotlights, and it kept me entertained during my lunch breaks. Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.
  • Spinning Jenny BB
    Have you ever hugged a book?Do you sometimes/ all-the-times feel like the odd one out for reading books?I am on pg. 15 and am giving it 5 stars. Hands down.This book is grilled cheese and tomato soup on a cold day.It is spending Boxing Day in your pyjamas to recover from People.It is reading socks and soft, cozy blankets fresh out of the dryer...I am only reading a few pages every night because it is pure happiness in book form, and I want it to ...
  • Carly Friedman
    If you love reading, enjoy the feel of a good book in your hands, have ever lovingly caressed the cover of a favorite book, you need to get this book. Every page is a goldmine of beautiful illustrations of books, bookstores and libraries, famous authors’ writing rooms, and book recommendations. I probably added 30 books to my TBR and could have included dozens more. I rarely buy books but I’m tempted to go buy this one tomorrow because I’ll...
  • Courtney
    I loved everything about this book. The content, the illustrations, the layout, all the choices. A book about books for bookish people! Celebrate the awesomeness of books! From where they are kept (bookstores and libraries) to how they're presented (illustration and different editions) to what they can do (inform and change lives)!Know a book nerd? Get them this book. Delightful.
  • Alicia
    Blinded by library science! Five stars. Really though librarians are probably the after thought and the forethought for a book of "illustrated miscellany" about books. What I love is that the hodgepodge for as hodgepodge-y as it is is not at all. There is a real flow to how the book unfolds in created curated lists in likely most kinds of bookish readers-- from those that read cookbooks to those that read sci fi, interspersed with the most beauti...
  • Lisa Wolf
    An absolutely gorgeous book, filled with bookish drawing, fun facts, lists and more. Perfect gift for the booklovers in your life.
  • Lisa
    Beautiful and informative. I spent days with this book and I don't want to stop looking at it and reading it. Each two page spread has both illustrations and information. Two page spreads include topical and/or genre based lists, beloved bookstores, bookish people recommend, striking libraries, editions, writing rooms, etc. This is such fun. I checked this out from the library but I want my own copy. This is a book to treasure and open and reread...
  • Janet
    Sheer perfection.
  • Elizabeth A
    This delightful book is full of lovely illustrations, and would make a lovely gift for all the readers in your life, including yourself. There's lots of bookish information to delight readers including curated lists, book recommendations, beloved bookstores, and bookstore pets. Every two page spread has bookish tidbits with accompanying illustrations. The beautiful illustrations and book design are what make this book in my opinion. It's a lovely...
  • RuthAnn
    Recommended for every book lover in your lifeThis book is so great! I put it on my coffee table and leafed through it every so often when I had a minute to spare. It is beautiful, informative, and charming, and it makes a lovely gift and conversation-starter! I loved seeing the illustrated stacks of books and seeing what I had read or what I want to read. My TBR didn't triple, as the introduction warned, but oh man, I am definitely going to look ...
  • Deborah Stevens
    A charming book-about-books, packed with ideas for books to read, shops to visit, connections between books, reviews, and more. And a ribbon bookmark, I am a sucker for those!
  • Edie Streams
    I love this book and, no, you don't read it, the way you read a novel. For me it is a beautifully illustrated reference book that I will dip into often. At the core, the book has carefully curated lists of books on topics ranging from dystopia to romance to cult classics to kids books. The "lists" are illustrated stacks of the books in question. And then there are quizzes and illustrations of beloved bookstores. Did I mention, pictures of authors...
  • Ronette
    I received this as a Christmas gift, and I adore it!It is visually beautiful and is full of recommendations to keep one's TBR pile full for a lifetime!The interspersed pages on Beloved Bookstores, Striking Libraries, etc. are icing on the cake!This is one that will be referenced again and again in my home library!
  • Kaytee Cobb
    Beautiful, a gold mine of books and pictures and this would be the best gift for the book lover in your life.
  • Amanda
    This book has been on my hold list and the library for quite awhile and when I saw it at a bookstore, I knew this was a book I'd want to own. I loved the illustrations and didn't realize until I got home that they were created by the same person who illustrates the Ideal Bookshelf!This is a book about not only books, but bookstores, libraries, authors, librarians, booksellers, and authors' favorites. Booklists are classified into subjects and som...
  • Jo Beth
    This is a beautiful book! I suspect it will remain on my coffee table for a very long time. It is easy to pick up and browse through anytime the mood strikes. It offered uncountable suggestions of books to add to my “Want to Read” list. Many thanks to my niece for this perfect gift.
  • Avanders
    Review based on ARC (advanced readers copy received in exchange for an honest review).What a stunning book. It seems weird to read a book filled with drawings of books... yet, it's the perfect thing for those of us who love books. Frankly, I'm rather impressed with Mount's ability to really evoke feeling in her drawings. In addition, there is historical information and snippets about books, organization by types, and ... have I mentioned the draw...
  • Janet
    To say that I "read" this book is to use that term loosely. I dipped in and out of it. I perused it. I delighted in it. And sometimes I disagreed with it.If you need a book gift for a booklover, this is perfect. It's a coffee table book full of colorful vivid illustrations and tons of book recommendations from book industry people. It has a marvelous ribbon marker to mark your place or your favorites. I'd buy myself a copy except I know it would ...
  • Andrea
    This is a beautifully illustrated curation of books to read spanning different themes. The themes may be decade-based or interest-based, and I thought it was fairly comprehensive, diverse, and inclusive -- having different sections on cookbooks, innovation & business, design, creativity, finding meaning, and more. Many sections have features on prominent related writers or influencers and their favorite books. It also features beautiful and belov...
  • Amy
    Fun book; Jane Mount's illustrations are fab. It's cheerful and makes me glad to be a reader.
  • Jan Polep
    I can no longer hog the library copy of "Bibliophile". Do yourself a favor and buy this one, too, because it is jam-packed with illustrated lists of best books by topic and other bookmania lists of bookstores, Novel food, book club suggestions, bookstore cats, Little Free Libraries , reference cookbooks...200+ pages of 2 page spreads per list. (Tip: Make "Bibliphile" a choice for your book club and explore new genres to pep up your reading year.)
  • Julie Ehlers
    I'm a fan of Jane Mount's art (I even have one of her prints), so of course I loved this. Mount says in the introduction that one of her goals is to increase the reader's TBR list exponentially. I was skeptical of this because I feel like I've already heard of every great book out there, but I actually did learn about a few excellent-sounding books from reading this! Obviously recommended for bibliophiles.
  • Alan
    Perhaps a Bit Too Fluffy and ComfyReview of the Chronicle Books 2018 hardcover editionI enjoyed the front half of this miscellany tremendously and was even considering a 4 or 5-star rating at that stage. In the back half though, which is dominated by non-fiction, I was starting to get somewhat tired of the umpteenth page of cookbook/foodbook related lists and illustrations. So it was a mixed experience overall.If you are the type of person who en...
  • Amber Erling
    I got this book thinking I would leaf through it for fun bits of bookish trivia while hopefully adding a few books to my "want to read" pile and ended up reading it cover to cover. The author's approach of using many different voices, frequently authors themselves, to recommend potential reads meant my "want to read" pile had grown substantially by the time I had finished this book with many books being from genres I don't typically explore. The ...
  • Holly
    Anyone that considers himself/herself a TRUE lover of books and literature must read this! It is delightful! From book lists, to genres to read, to book stores to visit, to authors, to libraries to see.....everything wrapped into one book for us Bibliophiles!!!!