In The BNOTP Library: At Home With Books

A room without books is like a body without a soul. ~Cicero

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes. ~Desiderius Erasmus

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.~Anna Quindlen “Enough Bookshelves,” New York Times, August 7, 1991

I love books. I love decorating. The book I’m sharing today combines both of those things because it takes us into the homes and libraries of 40 booklovers, many of them names you would recognize, and shows us how they store and care for their books.

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In the BNOTP Library: At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries
Author: Estelle Ellis & Caroline Seebohm
Hardcover: 256 pages
Book size: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.9

At Home With Books


3 Things I Like About This Book:

  • My favorite homes were the ones where books are stacked high in front of beautiful Chinese porcelain or exquisite antiques. It’s obvious their love of books is as important, if not more, than the beautiful furnishings.
  • Loved seeing all the gorgeous antiques sprinkled throughout the book, including the beautiful old library ladders.
  • The stories that accompany the photographs of these 40 individual home libraries are delightful and interesting. We get a peek into the libraries of famous designers, literary greats, a famous rock star and even the Duke of Devonshire seen napping in his library below. πŸ™‚



You can read more about this book, At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries and preview it at Amazon where I normally buy my books, via the picture link below.


You’ll find previously featured books from the BNTOP library here: In The BNOTP Library or just click below.

In the BNOTP Library

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  1. Oh Susan,
    I don’t know this book but I already love it just because it’s all about… books! πŸ™‚
    I think it’s gonna be my favorite book of yours… (at least until you show us the next one…lol)
    Susan, I gave a look inside and I really WANT that wallpaper in pic #5! πŸ™‚
    ~Hugs to you~
    PS: I almost forgot to say, I love all those quotes! And I fully agree with all of them!

  2. I love the look of all of the book!

  3. Susan, I have book plates bought in England at Jane Austen’s museum and her quote on the plate is:

    “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything other than of a book.
    When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library”.
    Jane Austen

  4. Hi Susan,

    Love your posts about the books. I have purchased several and have more on my wish list. I too have books everywhere. Nobody that I know understands this including my family, they think it is money wasted. Glad to know others feel this way too. Also, love your other posts, especially the do it yourself projects, makes me almost think I could build something, your instructions are that good. Ha!

    • Thanks, Joyce…yes, you are in good company! I’d much rather have books than the latest fashion or clothes any day! Awww, thanks…if I can built or fix something, trust me…anyone can! πŸ™‚

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