For a little over 10 years now I have been reading blogs and following the lives of my favourite bloggers – obviously I have a deep love for bloggers and their blogs and I also have a similar love of books (I am not one to walk out of a bookshop empty handed) Add these two interests of mine and what do you have? A mild obsession of buying books by bloggers!
Recently I’ve indulged in a few new purchases which I thought I would share with you today! Some of these I’ve owned for quite some time and others I got just last week, but if you also love the combo of books and blogs then you might find something here worth getting your hands on!
Here are a few of the books by bloggers that I own. Obviously I’m hoping to extend my collection so I’ve added a few of the ones I’m currently coveting to the end of this list…
The Nesting Place – It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful (R245)
by Mcquillyn Smith from thenester.com
This is my most recent purchase and I’m really enjoying it so far – it’s part interior design book, part life story about how this family has grown to realise that home really is about making the best of where you find yourselves. After moving 14 times in 18 years the author really has a wealth of experience of making your house a home – be it your own or a rental, with lots of money or with little. The book is filled with pics taken in her own (imperfect) home and offers great practical ideas for redecorating your own (imperfect) home. I loved this achievable interior design style!
Design Bloggers at Home – Fresh Interiors Inspiration from Leading Online Trend-setters (R335)
This book is not only written by a blogger, but features the homes of over 12 well known design bloggers. I loved getting a sneak peek behind the scenes (or should that be screens?) of some of my favourite bloggers such as Voges Paris, My Scandinavian Home and SF Girl by Bay, plus it also introduced me to a few new ones. The lovely “realness” of these homes was really appealing and it was great to see how other very stylish and creative people live – and it’s surprisingly achievable!!
Decorate – 1,000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home (R426)
by Holly Becker from decor8blog.com
This is a gorgeous, hefty coffee table book that you’d be very proud to have on display (once your kids are no longer toddlers of course!) Beautifully layed out this book is crammed with 1000’s of photos and ideas plus great guidelines for creating a stylish home that reflects your personal tastes and personality. This book is very inspiring, it doesn’t only offer one set style but gives you an eclectic overview of a variety of interior design styles allowing you to start to form an idea of what you love and want to include in your own home. I’m hoping to one day be able to implement lots of these ideas when we eventually do get to renovate our home (been waiting for 12 years and counting…)
Cupcakes and Cashmere – A guide for defining your style, reinventing your space and entertaining with ease (R235)
by Emily Schuman from cupcakesandcashmere.com
This is one of my favourite lifestyle bloggers, Emily is one of the very best in the business of blogging and has branched out from behind the screen to get involved in a myriad of opportunities such as a jewelery line, a handbag collaboration with Coach and even as a professional blogger for Estee Lauder. One of the avenues she has explored is her book which is very similar in style to her blog – a little bit of this and that – from food to fashion, hair to how to’s, decor to diy. A stylish guide to life through the seasons and the perfect gift for a young woman about to launch the life she loves!
For Good Times – Stylish printables and planners for parties every month of the year (R257)
by Julie Gallager from ingoodcompany.com
This beautifully photographed book is full to bursting with amazing ideas for party themes plus great recipes and decor ideas to match each theme. It really is a treasure trove for moms of young kids who need to come up with new party plans each year (times however many children they have!)
Paris Street Style (R283)
by Isabelle Thomas & Frederique Veysset from modepersonelle
Not essentially a blogger book but the writer does have her own blog, I just can’t be sure which came first! The reason I’ve included this book in this list is that it is very similar to many of the fashion street style blogs you find – in fact I’m pretty sure “street style” was created by bloggers. What is great about this book is that not only does it feature great pictures of very stylish woman walking the streets of Paris, it also comes with great tips and tricks on how to create effortless French style. How to wear certain items, what not to wear, which accessories to use and even how to shop for the best vintage fashion plus loads more including interviews with some very fashionable people! A great manual for finding your style and working it well!
So Close – Infertile and addicted to hope (R146)
by Tertia Albertyn from tertia.org
My first blogger book purchase (probably because Tertia was one of the first bloggers I followed way back in 2003!) This is her story of her infertility and I bought it at a second hand book store a few years ago when I was struggling with infertility myself – Tertia is the epitome of real and she doesn’t hold back in telling you all the ins and outs of the process and how it made her feel. She also has a great sense of humour so expect some smiles and laughs too.
Surprised by Motherhood – Everything I never expected about being a mom (R175)
by Lisa-Jo Baker from lisajobaker.com
This is the book that is currently on my bed side table – and it is a great read. It is written by South African turned American Lisa-jo and is a roller coaster of emotions (much like motherhood) All the way through I’m laughing and crying out loud as she shares the story of her journey to motherhood – including all the bumps and detours along the way. Lisa-jo is a talented writer and I have loved following her inspiring blog – there is always a post to make you realise how you are not alone in the thoughts and feelings you have as a mom. Her style is relatable and the book is easy reading.
Books by Bloggers – My Current Covet List
Bright Bazaar by Will from Bright Bazaar
Young House Love by Jeff and Sherry Petersik
The Sartorialist Closer Woman by Scott Schuman
Pretty Pastel Style by Selina Lake
A Beautiful Mess Photo Ideas Book by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman
Decorate Workshop by Holly Becker
Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home by Emily Schuman
Obviously there are also hundreds of food bloggers who have converted their blogs into recipe books but as cooking is not a huge hobby of mine (more a means to an end) I haven’t really got any on my “must-have” list!
Of course I’d love to hear what books by bloggers you have and recommend or those which you’d love to have… Please leave a comment below!
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