Book Review: Novel Interiors

21494601Copyright Year: 2014
Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Design
ISBN: 9780385345996
Series: None
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary via Goodreads: For those who have ever lost themselves in the stylish worlds of novels like Sense and Sensibility, The Age of Innocence, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray and countless others, this design book embraces the fantasy of time and place, showing you how to bring some of those elements into your own home.

Lisa Giramonti inspires a new approach to decorating: by teaching us through the lens of worlds we may already know and love. With gorgeous photographs by World of Interiors photographer Ivan Terestchenko, aspirational quotes, and tailored reading lists, Novel Interiors reveals the essence and details of interiors mentioned in great literary works. This is a stunning, photo-driven book that shares enchanting and timeless ways to live more elegantly.

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My Review: I have been thinking about redecorating my home for a few months now, so I was really excited to read this book. I was especially interested to see how author, Lisa Giramonti, envisioned rooms from different books.

The book is beautiful. It is full of large and colorful photos to inspire your own decorating ideas. Complementing the photos are quotes from books and authors. I enjoyed reading about the perfect cozy reading nook and adding the finishing touches to a room. While many of the concepts won’t necessarily work in my own home, it did give me many ideas that I can add to my own decorating style.

As for the cover, it is also beautiful. One large photo on the cover with a very nice blue spine. The matte works very well with the hardcover binding. It will definitely make a beautiful coffee table book.  It has already found its way to my coffee table.

I really did enjoy this book. While not everything will work in my home, many of the decorating ideas can be tweaked to fit my own style. I am giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars for a beautiful coffee table book full of decorating ideas for the bibliophile.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book as part of Blogging for Books. You can read my review on the Blogging for Books site, here.

4 stars1/2


Monday Morning Update

This past week was quite a bit more productive than the last. I knocked off a few of my weekly goals, though I still have a few I didn’t finish, and got myself ready to start my biggest project yet: editing my novel!

Yesterday began the countdown for rewriting and editing my novel. I ordered a really great book from Amazon, The 90-day Novel by Alan Watt. It breaks down the editing process in 90 days, which I am hoping will make it a little easier to handle.

My first week of rewriting looks like this:


I finished day 1 yesterday, along with my first read through of chapter 1. I have an entire page of issues that need addressed in chapter 1. The bad news it is my shortest chapter! But, I am ready to tackle this thing and cut and rewrite whatever I have to.

As far as my reading goes, I finished Writing the Fiction Series. I’ll be posting an review on that probably next week.  I also started a new book from my Blogging for Books list, Billy Joel. You can probably figure out what it is about, or who it is about by the title. I love books about music and musicians, so I am enjoying finding out a lot more about the man behind some of my favorite songs.

Since it is the first of the month, I thought I’d update my reading challenges too.

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Elissa Kane Challenge 2/16

Genre Challenge 0/10

Non-Fiction Challenge 3/10

I’ve got another big week ahead of me. I’ll be plugging through week 1 of The 90-day Rewite and finishing my first read through. I’m just going to take a deep breath and dive right in!