Books Complicity Book Shop!

August 12, 2013

I adore making new book bloggy friends. Recently, I made the acquaintance of Silvia, from Books Complicity. In addition to her website, Silvia has an Etsy shop filled with some VERY COOL vintage treasures, that I must share with you!

A hardback 'Betsy-Tacy' with the original Lois Lenski illustrations. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

How cute is this? 'Herbert Binns & The Flying Tricycle' looks A-MAY-ZING. $6!

I'M FREAKING OUT. I had no idea Diane Redfield Massie, creator of my most beloved early childhood book, 'Sloth's Birthday Party', has other books available! Don't bother buying 'The Thief in the Botanical Gardens', my friendsies, because I'm going to get it.

'I'm Terrific' by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (author of 'Nate the Great') looks adorable and the title? I pretty much strive to live by that motto, and repeat it to myself EVERY DAY.

COOL. 'It's Always Breakfast Time Somewhere' is a paperback booklet, with a good amount of text and fabulous rero-y pictures that detail the breakfast routines and foods from around the world. I want this one too!

I love love love that there are such vintage book treasures to be found! Julia and I were in a used book shop the other day and I was worried that she would be bored, but she loved hanging out in this dusty, not very well organized, crammed with books in every nook and cranny space. She told me she loves "old book smell". I love old book smell! (NOT the same thing as mold smell, thank-you-very-much.)


(Image credits: Books Complicity Etsy shop)




18 comments:

  1. aw, love all these books, they sound great! Id love to see the breakfast one! :D

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    1. Heather, you should check out Marion Cunningham's cookbook called 'The Breakfast Book', if you haven't already. It is the awesomest!! You'd love it :)

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  2. I love old book smell too! My mom used to take us to an old used bookstore in our small town, and I always loved walking inside, taking in that first whiff of old book smell. And there was always something interesting to look at on the shelves. Makes me want to find a used book store around here!

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    1. Old book smell is very comforting to me :) It really is.

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  3. Great finds!!! Love the books you have featured! Especially the mice illustrations! Adorable ♥

    I like old book smell too and it's hard to explain to somebody who doesn't understand LOL

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    1. those mice are so cute!!

      i'm soooooo happy that you guys understand the old book smell thing....:)

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    1. See???? We're all in agreement!!!! Yeah!

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  5. Cool! I'll check out her shop! Lovely finds :)

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    1. There were many, many other cool things there!

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  6. I have two favorite smells: old book smell and pine tree forest. I picture my perfect place as a cute cottage-style used bookstore in the middle of a pine forest....for some reason the "Three Bears" comes to mind.

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    1. A cottage style bookstore in a forest?? That sounds like a magical, heavenly dream!!

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  7. How cute is that mouse in his workshop?

    BTW, I love the way you photograph books.
    Any tips? :)

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    1. Silvia took these! These are screenshots taken from her Etsy shop! For my own blog, I like to photo the books in different ways against different backdrops. Just to amuse myself really :)

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    2. I do the same. I place them where I think they will look good, such as outdoors. And I have two white boards, another piece of wood, things to make a flat surface and a standing background. That way I place the book on the flat horizontal board, and against the backdrop, or standing in the middle of the horizontal surface, and get close to photograph.

      Sometimes I lay them flat on the board or background of my choice, and get high on a chair or air to get a good frontal view.

      Play with accessories, props, different backgrounds, and as much as you can, take those boards outside, place them on a table and against a wall, to make sort of a light box, with natural light. Or by a well lit room, by a window, not in front of it, though. Get close to the books, try different angles. Like Melissa says, play with it, amuse yourself, explore and try. It is fun and it will give fruits.

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    3. When I say air, I don't mean I fly... I wish, I mean I get the camera as high as I from my own height to get it from above, LOL.

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  8. Melissa,

    I enjoyed seeing your favorites from my store. You also brought up new things about the authors I did not know!

    One more vote here for old book smell. I can even differentiate between early 1900's smell, and library discard smell! not mold smell, though.

    And that cottage in the middle of a forest with old books... someone make it true, please, I want to visit it! *I could settle for a trip to London in the meantime, though, :)

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    1. Early 1900's smell!!!!! I want to smell that!!!! :)

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