It’s ‘National Book Lover’s Day’

 

Isaac Salazar - book sculpture (www.iconnote.blogspot.com)

Isaac Salazar – book sculpture (www.iconnote.blogspot.com)

If you can bear to drag yourself away from the Olympics coverage, why not take a break in a sunny spot and get your nose stuck in a book – new, old or swapped!

 

In need of new literary temptation? Take a detour and pop into your nearest bookshop and buy a new book; just that ‘new ink and dry, creamy paper-y’ smell is enough to keep me browsing for an hour or so.  Even better, find a second-hand bookshop, where years of history, dust and memories are impregnated in the pages and on the shelves – you might find a rare gem.

 

When in central London, I like to head for Cecil Court off Leicester Square, they have a wonderful selection of bookshops and ephemera; and if only a multi-level will do, Waterstones is bibliophile heaven on Piccadilly as well as Foyles in Charing Cross (better coffee here too!); Daunts in Marylebone and for beautifully produced,  special print have a peek at Persephone books in Lambs Conduit Street.

If you are feeling really radical and eco-minded, then opt for the following:

  • Visit a local library, the ones remaining need our support
  • Why not book swap with a friend or colleague, a great, novel way (could not resist) to try something new but NOT FSoG – lets be original.
  • Re-read an old or forgotten book

It seems only fitting and in theme for me to suggest a few of my favourite ‘perfumed prose’ and generally fragrant-inspired literature:

My ultimate combination: perfume and books
They both have stories to tell and evoke memories of a place+time

  • Perfume – Patrick Suskind (very dark+visceral, a one off – its in my top 10)
  •  Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins (psychedelic genius, fragrance, time-travel and immortality)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (a 19c  faustian pact, moral decline, beauty, decay and pervasive use of scent language)
  • Midsummer Nights Dream – Shakespeare (a fantastical favourite)
  • Essence & Alchemy – Mandy Aftel (history, recipes and a tribute to natural perfumery)
  • Scent: The Mysterious and Essential Powers of Smell – Annick Le Guerer (fascinating tour of Olfaction and humanity)
  • The Emperor of Scent – Chandler Burr (fascinating insight into the world of olfaction and Luca Turin)
  • Perfumes : The Guide – Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez – A witty, divisive guide to an encyclopedic offering of perfumes, old + new, classic + celebrity

In celebration of literary escapism and inspiration, lets honour and share our Book Love, I would love to know what you are reading, do you have a ‘must-have on the bookshelf’ that you want to share or recommend?  Or is there a secret, special bookshop that you might want to  declare publicly?

If you want to share ‘why you love books’, pop over to twitter and tweet @stylistmagazine #Ilovebooks.

Happy reading!!

check out http://www.isaacgsalazar.com for more inspiring book sculpture

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About The Perfume Mistress

"If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the nose is the doorway to your imagination" The Perfume Mistress Hello, by day I am a clinical aromatherapist and tutor, with over 10 years of working with natural materials and essential oils, by night I delve into the art of botanical perfumery, reading and smelling all things olfactory. I have set up the 'Nosetrodami Club' offering scentsory talks, discussions and master-classes on all topics and themes olfactive. I also offer one and two day workshops in the art of natural perfumery, natural and organic body & skincare. My inspirations range from the mundane to the metaphysical, the hum-drum to the hyperbolic which you may see reflected in my posts.
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