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Book shelf in home library from Cousins Undercover

Yes, today is Valentine’s Day and all of us here at HGTV.com love love, but we also love a good read and a glass of wine! (Or is that just me?)

In addition to V-Day, February 14th is also Library Lovers’ Day. The holiday is more broadly recognized in Australia, but I’m pushing for a celebration here in the States, too. So whether you’ve got a big date tonight or you’re planning a night in, take a moment to fall in love with these beautiful home libraries from some of our favorite HGTV shows.

Home by Novogratz Home LibraryBright book room from HGTV’s Home by Novogratz

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Is anyone else a fan of decorating with books? I tend to squeeze a book or two wherever I can find the space. Unfortunately, I’ve always had to rely on interior book decor. But now, the style of beautiful, old books can be extended to the garden. These unique and stylish brick books are a super cool way to show off your love of books without damaging a classic. And there are so many to choose from, you’re bound to find an old favorite.

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Today is Read a Book Day! So, I have to ask. Have you ever literally judged a book by its cover? What about by its author? If you have, then you’ve probably missed out on some amazing things. Lucky for you, there are some pretty fun ways to get around your preconceived notions and discover something amazing! Book blind dates allow you to try a new book without knowing the author, title or jacket design. Book stores, websites and even libraries are getting behind the literary craze. And you should, too! So go ahead and take a chance. After all, you might end up falling in love.

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OMG, the *books*. Piles of nonfiction, stacks of mysteries and romances, dusty autobiographies and Norton Anthologies (Norton Anthologies? really?!)…. I’ve carried books with me since I was in college — in the last century.

But as I found out during my home office reorg, in my gypsy lifestyle, books were important. The people behind them, the writers and the characters, were extended family. The Nortons represented happy college days in the library. Even though I didn’t have a house, they were my physical roots.

During my first coaching with Julie Morgenstern, author of SHED Your Stuff Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck, I marked the books as being the things to which I had the highest emotional attachment. In this organizing process, you first get rid of the things that are 100% obsolete, to which you have no attachment, building momentum to the obsolete items you’re most attached to. (As a quick reminder: SHED = Separate the Treasures, Heave the Trash, Embrace Your Identity and Drive Yourself Forward.)

My cookbooks, arranged on a built-in bookshelf

Dude! I can find my cookbooks!


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It’s Banned Books Week, and libraries and bookstores across the US are holding events that raise awareness about censorship and celebrate the freedom to read. (Fun fact: According to the American Library Association, books that I’m a fan of — Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series — were among the most challenged titles of 2010.) In honor of the celebration, here are some giant book stairs that I fell in love with on Pinterest.

book stairs

Turns out that this is a busy parking garage in Greenville, SC, and the stairs were sponsored by The Greenville Literacy Association to promote their annual book sale. (The tactic must have worked, because apparently they raised $127,000 in 8 hours!)

I especially like the inclusion of The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, but I wish more of my faves, like The Great Gatsby, were represented. What books would you showcase on a set of stairs?

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If you’ve been following the blog, you know we’re all big bibliophiles. (Being editors, it kinda comes with the territory.) So, naturally, we swoon over majestic bookshelves or clever uses for old hardbacks. At the risk of repeating ourselves, how cool is this stacked book desk we spotted on Design*Sponge the other day?

The post, which features stylish shots of a Brooklyn couple’s loft, gave this image the caption: “Daniel’s desk is an object of wonder that he created using old books (and a clever optical illusion).” We were already hooked by the look, but the added idea of an optical illusion mystery intrigued us. If the desktop is not actually balancing on the towers of tomes, how is it constructed? Are the books just placed carefully in front of the actual desk legs? Could the legs have thin shelves build into them, like the “invisible bookshelf” towers I have in my apartment do? (When filled to capacity, the shelves disappear between the books, so it looks like I have a massive game of Jenga on my hands if I want to read.) How do YOU think it works?

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“What We’re Reading” brings you our monthly pick of new design-related books, along with comments from our HGTV.com editors. For May, here’s a look into the world of French cottage decor, the grand apartment homes of 5th & Park Avenues and the retro-fantasy stylings of the Steampunk movement.
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Don’t get rid of the books you’re not going to read again. Turn them into art.

bookshelf art

This is just one of the inspiring bookshelves at the salaciously named Bookshelf Porn. Head on over to their site for a dazzling array of books. It’s a bibliophile’s dream.

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I am an unabashed bibliophile and would love to own every one of these books.

penguin classics

Penguin Classics has released hardcover editions of 20 great books featuring beautifully designed covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith. The publisher even suggests on their site that you should buy them, “just for their covers.” I’d venture to say that any book and design lover’s library would be incomplete without them.

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