Blogger Book Love: Rebecca from Oh So RB


It’s Friday, and what better way to celebrate than with another installment of Blogger Book Love? Today we are super lucky to have the recommendations of Rebecca from Oh So RB. When I asked Rebecca to contribute her thoughts to this series, I knew that she has great taste and a spot-on aesthetic sensibility. What I didn’t know is that when she’s not sharing her gorgeous wedding, craft and decor inspiration, she’s a literary scholar and a poet in her own right! So get out those Amazon wishlists everyone—we have an expert reader in our midst, and boy does she know her stuff!



Mark Doty, Still Life with Oysters and Lemons–Part memoir, part meditation, Doty’s book is about falling in love–with a painting, that is. If you have a special affection for the objects of the world, as many of us design bloggers do, this book is for you.


Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies–I have never read short stories that moved me as Lahiri’s have. It would be so hard to pick a favorite but I’m a big fan of “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine” and “This Blessed House.” Every sensory detail, every character–this is a book to cherish. When I’m looking for a gift for a friend, I reach for this book.


Robert McCloskey, Blueberries for Sal–Out of print and a classic, Sal is one of my very favorite children’s books. Inspired by the story, I still have my own little blueberry-picking bucket from when I was small. This story makes me so sentimental for those summer days I’ve spent in Maine….


Elaine Scarry, Dreaming by the Book–Scarry is a brilliant writer. She weaves the most poetic theory on the page–a book to truly absorbed by. As a dedicated gardener, her descriptions of flowers are some of the finest I’ve read.


John Ashbery, Selected Poems–Ashbery writes in his poem “Meaningful Love,” “I was offered no urgent dreaming,/didn’t need a name or anything./Everything was taken care of.” This is the beautiful irony of his poems: what at first appears cliche, common, ordinary–including love–is made sophisticated in Ashbery’s hand. His is some of my favorite music.


Thanks so much to Rebecca from Oh So RB for her suggestions. What an amazing selection of books for the readers on your holiday gift list! I have such fond memories of ‘Blueberries for Sal’ and for McCloskey’s other works for children. And I’ve not read much Ashbery, but that which I remember is truly breathtaking. Looks like I’ve found my airport reading for the trip to visit the ‘rents!

Be sure to tune in later today for an especially sumptuous post that I’ve been saving to carry us into the weekend, and in the meantime catch up on our previous installments of Blogger Book Love.
And have a happy Friday!

Image Credit: Domino


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4 Responses to “Blogger Book Love: Rebecca from Oh So RB”

  1. Miss Aimee Says:

    oh…we read blueberries for sal all the time. my husband kept his from when he was a kid- so that is fun for our kids to read. Great list. have a beautiful day!

  2. Aubrey Says:

    I am so happy to have found another blogger who also reads and writes about books! I am so happy to have found your blog 🙂

  3. Chris Says:

    Oh wow, these are some fabulous suggestions! Great post (and I love that first photo, too!).

  4. Georgia Says:

    hi, sweet Anne. i have been away from everything—my blogs, everyone’s blogs—and i have missed them. glad to be back.
    i thought i would just make a quick stop over at yours before we head into the week.
    although i have not read any of these books, i am so captivated by the book covers! i’ve designed two book covers, so when i see interesting covers, it really catches my eye!
    even if no one ever read any of the books you post about, it’s worth it just to see the great covers!
    well, i hope your weekend was grand! i’ll see you around. 🙂

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