i want. i love. i have. Books

i want.
Taschen travel books are super fab and I could never have enough books on London. I travel there quite often, in my head that is.
i love.
my Message Bible. It is by far my favorite and my best book. The one book I could not live without. It’s full of stories, poetry and beautiful words of hope and encouragement. Most of the stories are about people, normal people, like you and me who did some extraordinary things. There are stories of triumph and some of tragedy. But the greatest story in this book is LOVE. A life of Love given and a life of love to live.
I adore words, and these are some of my favorite words from this book….
Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way! (Jude 1:2)

i have.
The New Shabby Chic book which is full of eye candy. I always feel so relaxed after looking at anything Shabby Chic. One thing I love about this book is that it also features photographer Amy Nuensinger’s House.
A few pics from the book . . . see what I mean?

Here are some other books I’m reading at the mo. As you can see, all pretty relevant and pertinent to life right now.
I read this when my second was born and thought I might be able to use the ideas, tips and info now more than ever. And I think I am little fascinated with large families at the moment (9 by Design, etc.)
Bought this book after #2 as well. Looking for magic potion sleep solutions. I’ve pulled it off the shelf again in hopes of any little nuggets of gold to put me on the path to a full nights sleep.
I’m cooking (or should I say going to be cooking) out of this book. Now that is one home I’d love to go to for dinner.
I do hope to pick up an actual novel this summer and if I’m sleeping well (meaning brain functioning at full capacity) then I hope to read one of these classics.
I also collect old and pretty copies of Austen and Bronte books. One of my dearest friends, who is English, scoured the country and found me a very old copy of Emma. And my sister found me a pretty little copy of Emma in South Africa. I also have a lovely old copy of Jane Eyre that I bought in Haworth, Brontes very own town, a couple of years ago. It is a two volume book. My sister has one volume and I hold the other. These are all so special to me.
What books are you loving at the moment?


  • Beach Vintage
    Commented on April 13th, 2010 at 11:17pm

    I am loving "A Life on Pittwater" by Susan Duncan…..amazing picture book you must get it!

  • Anna
    Commented on April 14th, 2010 at 1:08am

    Some fantastic choices there…thanks so much for sharing..am due to find myself a new read..so will keep a lookout for these beauties :)

  • Mariska Meijers
    Commented on April 14th, 2010 at 1:24am

    Lovey post! I am afraid that searching for special books is one of my addictions. I love old art catelogues and at the moment I have a thing for Virginia Woolf!

  • belinda graham
    Commented on April 14th, 2010 at 6:03am

    i LOVE amy's house – so beautiful, although i wouldn't expect to see it in a rachel ashwell book! i really enjoy her books even though i couldn't live that way entirely! will keep my eyes out for it x

  • paula
    Commented on April 14th, 2010 at 7:34am

    I have such a crush on Ina.

  • ella@lifeologia
    Commented on April 14th, 2010 at 8:40am

    This book is 'so lovely' I love the photo of that rustic heavy table with peonies on it.
    Thanks for the inspirations.

  • Gaëlle
    Commented on April 14th, 2010 at 3:14pm


    Lovely post you have there!
    If you want to have a chance to win a French Country book I have a give away on my blog ;-).

    I'm not into Shabby Chic, but I love the Pottery Barn books and also New York Styl from Tashen… and well a lot more.

    Love your blog!

  • annechovie
    Commented on April 14th, 2010 at 3:35pm

    What great selections, Trina! I love those Taschen travel book covers – aren't they pretty? Also, My Message is something I cherish reading everyday – love it! Hope you and the fam are well. xo

  • Sundari
    Commented on April 15th, 2010 at 12:25am

    Nice interiors. I've been trying to read a book by Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, I enjoyed the first book I read by him, but this one is taking me sooo long.

  • Exquisite Accessories
    Commented on April 15th, 2010 at 8:45pm

    Ooh I love Rachel Ashwell at the moment I am reading Sophies World by Jostein Gaarder very philosophical so having to go back on parts as very heavy but good!

  • Georgia @ simplydirtyprettythings
    Commented on April 16th, 2010 at 7:33am

    The book theif :) amazing book

  • Gaia
    Commented on April 21st, 2010 at 8:40am

    I just need free time, so much free time for my books! I'm in the middle of a move and I don't do nothing more than pack, unpack…

    come to visit me…I'm doing a nice giveaway!

    Have a terrific week!

  • Polly Jones
    Commented on April 23rd, 2010 at 10:06am

    Love love love the Message translation. I have it on cd and can listen while I paint. Also am reading "Reading Lolita in Tehran" right now for my book club. It's a wonderful insight into another culture.

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