Blogger Book Love: Jo from A Cup of Jo

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Today I'm thrilled to bring you the incomparable Jo from A Cup of Jo in the third installment of our Blogger Book Love series. Jo has generously shared with us her list of five must-read books. She certainly requires no introduction—her personal blog and her Glamour blog Smitten are must-reads in and of themselves! And just like her blogs, Jo's booklist has a little bit of everything— romance and whimsy, humour and humanity, a touch of magic and a great eye for design—all wrapped within the warm embrace of Jo's radiant soul. And so I present to you:

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My Top Five Books…

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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss—This book about an old man
remembering his love affair was so heartbreakingly beautiful that I
underlined entire passages, in hopes that I'd never forget them. At one
point, I literally hugged the book as I read.

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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie—This book is the prequel to the classic story of Peter Pan. We learn
how Peter Pan lost his mother when he was a baby and first came to
Neverland. The story is so sweet and magical that I believed in Peter
Pan (and truly thought he'd come to my window) until I was in my early
teens! I even made my mom call me "Wendy" (and call my twin sister
"John") when she kissed us good-night, just in case Peter was listening
outside the window.

Glasscastle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls—A fascinating, inspiring story of a rocky American childhood.

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The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman—Illustrations of a woman's whimsical life in New York.

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Penguin by Design: A Cover Story—The stunning covers of Penguin books from 1935 to
2005.

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I'm so grateful to Jo for this sneak peek onto her bookshelf. I couldn't resist featuring not only the booklist but all five beautiful covers as well; I love a great read that's also pretty to look at. In fact I'm embarrased to say that I bought 'A History of Love' last year, but I haven't read it because it's a key component of the tablescape in my living room…I think it's time it served its true purpose, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stay tuned for more Blogger Book Love later this week, and in the meantime check out our first list from Jora at Domestic Reflections and our second list from Becky at Harmony and Home!

Image Credits: 1. Sandbox Studio 2. Banner Courtesy of Jo at A Cup of Jo

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32 Responses to “Blogger Book Love: Jo from A Cup of Jo”

  1. WendyB Says:

    There’s not enough poisoning and beheading in this for me, I fear.

  2. juliette c. Says:

    Of the books listed, I only read The history of love. It is a really poetic book!
    I love the author and her husband too: Jonathan Safran Foer!

  3. Luphia Says:

    i love the histry of love, it’s on my top 5 list too, i cried a bit towards the end (yes i get v. emotional ๐Ÿ™‚ and didn’t want the story to stop!

  4. Catherine Says:

    I’m always on the lookout for a new book to read, so this selection has given me some ideas.
    Right now I’m actually in the middle of reading Peter Pan to my seven year old son, but you know, I never knew there was a prequel!

  5. ellie Says:

    This is great! I’ve read a couple of the books listed here and liked them a lot, so I can’t wait to add the others to my ‘to-read’ list!

  6. amy@inspirationchic Says:

    great book suggestions-wish I had time to read!

  7. Sarah's Fab Day Says:

    I love the book series. Such a great introspection into blogs that we love and a great way to compile some new goodies to read.

  8. iwc replica watch Says:

    great suggestions
    i also love the history of love

  9. joanna goddard Says:

    thank you SO much, anne! i’m so happy to be included. and you MUST read the history of love–you will freak out!!! it’s so good!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Blind Irish Pirate Says:

    When I read the passage you are talking about from “History of Love,” I was on the city bus and about started to cry.
    It was an amazing novel.

  11. Peonies and Polaroids Says:

    The History of Love is one of the best books I have ever read, it was so very very touching and had me in tears by the end. It was just beautiful.

  12. stephanie Says:

    What a genius feature idea … I loved getting to see Joanna’s list! Can’t wait to see the next one!

  13. Julia @ Hooked on Houses Says:

    What a fun idea! I was slightly obsessed with Peter Pan when I was a girl, too. I love this old edition–what a beautiful cover.

  14. beautifulpaper Says:

    This is great! I’m always looking for new book ideas and reviews — thanks for the ideas!

  15. nkp Says:

    I love this list! Thank you Anne and Joanna for these great finds. I too LOVE The Glass Castle, it’s at once shocking and incredibly inspirational. And now I must go hunt down that Peter Pan book for my boys!

  16. Outsource Bookkeeping Says:

    i would like to read the history of love as it is one of the favourite book of all.

  17. Outsource Bookkeeping Says:

    Great suggestions.

  18. katrina Says:

    i am loving your blog!
    this is the best feature idea. i love book recommendations.
    i hope you don’t mind me linking you in my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Melissa Says:

    Your book series is such a great idea. The Glass Castle is one of my favorites too, I couldn’t put it down once I started. I need to finish the History of Love. I have a tendency to start more than one book at a time ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. please sir Says:

    Oh thanks for all the picks – they sounds wonderful! Hello Amazon?

  21. runway girl Says:

    what wonderful books!
    great idea.
    rg

  22. 180/360 Says:

    I’d read all of these just because of their great looking covers!

  23. Georgia Says:

    the Penguin book looks intriguing!!!
    especially since i used to work for a book publisher where i got to design one book cover.
    and where i work now, we do work for Penguinโ€”the educational side of their publishing.
    thanks!! i’m liking these book love posts!
    now if i could just make myself read more.

  24. Trina Says:

    This is great…. love knowing what others read…The first book sounds so good! And I love the old book (looks like a Bible) with the heart penciled in.. great photo!
    ps- thanks so much for the links on the baskets…love the wisteria one!
    x Trina

  25. Julia Says:

    Boy am I loving this feature. My husband and I have already agreed that instead of exchanging Xmas gifts, we’re each just going to indulge in books for ourselves to read in the new year.

  26. Micaela Says:

    awww I am going to have to read The History of Love. I lalalooove what Joanna said about it, about hugging it. CUTE!!!

  27. hellogorgeous Says:

    I am going to get History of Love right now. I have read the author before and really liked the books.
    I love Maira Kalman!! However, probably my favorite book by her is a children’s book, “Chicken, Soup, Boots.”
    Love The Glass Castle. Very Augusten Burroughs.
    Now I have to read the other installments of this feature. Inquiring minds need to know what people are reading!

  28. summer Says:

    Well, I’m off to the library! Thank you!

  29. Courtney Says:

    I know I said it before, but I love this series! It is always exciting to learn of new books, and this go ’round, I’m happy to discover that there’s a prequel to Peter Pan, and the Penguin book sounds fabulous!

  30. Rebecca Says:

    love this feature! oh, books–is there anything finer, really?

  31. Abbey Goes Design Scouting Says:

    Great list!

  32. Lecia Says:

    History of Love and The Glass Castle are two of my faves, too!

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Blogger Book Love: Jo from A Cup of Jo

Sandboxstudio

Today I'm thrilled to bring you the incomparable Jo from A Cup of Jo in the third installment of our Blogger Book Love series. Jo has generously shared with us her list of five must-read books. She certainly requires no introduction—her personal blog and her Glamour blog Smitten are must-reads in and of themselves! And just like her blogs, Jo's booklist has a little bit of everything— romance and whimsy, humour and humanity, a touch of magic and a great eye for design—all wrapped within the warm embrace of Jo's radiant soul. And so I present to you:

Cupofjobanner

My Top Five Books…

0393060349.01.LZZZZZZZ


The History of Love by Nicole Krauss—This book about an old man
remembering his love affair was so heartbreakingly beautiful that I
underlined entire passages, in hopes that I'd never forget them. At one
point, I literally hugged the book as I read.

7811


Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie—This book is the prequel to the classic story of Peter Pan. We learn
how Peter Pan lost his mother when he was a baby and first came to
Neverland. The story is so sweet and magical that I believed in Peter
Pan (and truly thought he'd come to my window) until I was in my early
teens! I even made my mom call me "Wendy" (and call my twin sister
"John") when she kissed us good-night, just in case Peter was listening
outside the window.

Glasscastle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls—A fascinating, inspiring story of a rocky American childhood.

159420134X

The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman—Illustrations of a woman's whimsical life in New York.

231495310_42c539f2b2

Penguin by Design: A Cover Story—The stunning covers of Penguin books from 1935 to
2005.

———————
I'm so grateful to Jo for this sneak peek onto her bookshelf. I couldn't resist featuring not only the booklist but all five beautiful covers as well; I love a great read that's also pretty to look at. In fact I'm embarrased to say that I bought 'A History of Love' last year, but I haven't read it because it's a key component of the tablescape in my living room…I think it's time it served its true purpose, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stay tuned for more Blogger Book Love later this week, and in the meantime check out our first list from Jora at Domestic Reflections and our second list from Becky at Harmony and Home!

Image Credits: 1. Sandbox Studio 2. Banner Courtesy of Jo at A Cup of Jo

32 Responses to “Blogger Book Love: Jo from A Cup of Jo”

  1. WendyB Says:

    There’s not enough poisoning and beheading in this for me, I fear.

  2. juliette c. Says:

    Of the books listed, I only read The history of love. It is a really poetic book!
    I love the author and her husband too: Jonathan Safran Foer!

  3. Luphia Says:

    i love the histry of love, it’s on my top 5 list too, i cried a bit towards the end (yes i get v. emotional ๐Ÿ™‚ and didn’t want the story to stop!

  4. Catherine Says:

    I’m always on the lookout for a new book to read, so this selection has given me some ideas.
    Right now I’m actually in the middle of reading Peter Pan to my seven year old son, but you know, I never knew there was a prequel!

  5. ellie Says:

    This is great! I’ve read a couple of the books listed here and liked them a lot, so I can’t wait to add the others to my ‘to-read’ list!

  6. amy@inspirationchic Says:

    great book suggestions-wish I had time to read!

  7. Sarah's Fab Day Says:

    I love the book series. Such a great introspection into blogs that we love and a great way to compile some new goodies to read.

  8. iwc replica watch Says:

    great suggestions
    i also love the history of love

  9. joanna goddard Says:

    thank you SO much, anne! i’m so happy to be included. and you MUST read the history of love–you will freak out!!! it’s so good!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Blind Irish Pirate Says:

    When I read the passage you are talking about from “History of Love,” I was on the city bus and about started to cry.
    It was an amazing novel.

  11. Peonies and Polaroids Says:

    The History of Love is one of the best books I have ever read, it was so very very touching and had me in tears by the end. It was just beautiful.

  12. stephanie Says:

    What a genius feature idea … I loved getting to see Joanna’s list! Can’t wait to see the next one!

  13. Julia @ Hooked on Houses Says:

    What a fun idea! I was slightly obsessed with Peter Pan when I was a girl, too. I love this old edition–what a beautiful cover.

  14. beautifulpaper Says:

    This is great! I’m always looking for new book ideas and reviews — thanks for the ideas!

  15. nkp Says:

    I love this list! Thank you Anne and Joanna for these great finds. I too LOVE The Glass Castle, it’s at once shocking and incredibly inspirational. And now I must go hunt down that Peter Pan book for my boys!

  16. Outsource Bookkeeping Says:

    i would like to read the history of love as it is one of the favourite book of all.

  17. Outsource Bookkeeping Says:

    Great suggestions.

  18. katrina Says:

    i am loving your blog!
    this is the best feature idea. i love book recommendations.
    i hope you don’t mind me linking you in my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Melissa Says:

    Your book series is such a great idea. The Glass Castle is one of my favorites too, I couldn’t put it down once I started. I need to finish the History of Love. I have a tendency to start more than one book at a time ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. please sir Says:

    Oh thanks for all the picks – they sounds wonderful! Hello Amazon?

  21. runway girl Says:

    what wonderful books!
    great idea.
    rg

  22. 180/360 Says:

    I’d read all of these just because of their great looking covers!

  23. Georgia Says:

    the Penguin book looks intriguing!!!
    especially since i used to work for a book publisher where i got to design one book cover.
    and where i work now, we do work for Penguinโ€”the educational side of their publishing.
    thanks!! i’m liking these book love posts!
    now if i could just make myself read more.

  24. Trina Says:

    This is great…. love knowing what others read…The first book sounds so good! And I love the old book (looks like a Bible) with the heart penciled in.. great photo!
    ps- thanks so much for the links on the baskets…love the wisteria one!
    x Trina

  25. Julia Says:

    Boy am I loving this feature. My husband and I have already agreed that instead of exchanging Xmas gifts, we’re each just going to indulge in books for ourselves to read in the new year.

  26. Micaela Says:

    awww I am going to have to read The History of Love. I lalalooove what Joanna said about it, about hugging it. CUTE!!!

  27. hellogorgeous Says:

    I am going to get History of Love right now. I have read the author before and really liked the books.
    I love Maira Kalman!! However, probably my favorite book by her is a children’s book, “Chicken, Soup, Boots.”
    Love The Glass Castle. Very Augusten Burroughs.
    Now I have to read the other installments of this feature. Inquiring minds need to know what people are reading!

  28. hellogorgeous Says:

    Oops, no I have read J. Safran Foer. Confused.

  29. Courtney Says:

    I know I said it before, but I love this series! It is always exciting to learn of new books, and this go ’round, I’m happy to discover that there’s a prequel to Peter Pan, and the Penguin book sounds fabulous!

  30. Rebecca Says:

    love this feature! oh, books–is there anything finer, really?

  31. Abbey Goes Design Scouting Says:

    Great list!

  32. Lecia Says:

    History of Love and The Glass Castle are two of my faves, too!

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