Posted in library March 20th, 2009 by piablog

Just finished reading:


Isabel Losada’s A Beginners Guide to Changing the World. Hilarious. Motivating. Fun. and totally me. So much so that if Isabel didn’t write this book it would have been me, I’m sure of it. She speaks my language. “Think Globally. Act Joyfully.” A must read.


Mary Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society. “Every single page is a literary piece of perfection in it’s own right.” Who said this? me. just a moment ago when I finished reading the book. Read my brief review here and here.

My ‘Dam Life by fellow Australian + once upon a time Amsterdammer, Sean Condon. I’m not sure it’s safe to admit at this early stage in my reading (i’m up to page 37) that I actually relate to this guy and his crazy antics, but it’s the truth. And I’m all over that.

On the coffee table:


Photographer Hans Silvester’s stella book on tribal fashion titled Natural Fashion.
I adore this book and am so inspired everytime i pick it up. Guests love it.


I invested in Tim Walker’s Pictures book. It’s massive. and filled with fabulous photographs and sketches. As you can imagine, it’s pretty awesome.

Also in my library you will find:

For the artist in you…

  • The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
  • Business for the entrepeneur…

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The E-Myth (Revisited) by Michael Gerber
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Cash Flow (which is not a book but a game) by the above mentioned Kiyosaki
  • Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

  • Pure Inspiration + Indulgence…

  • Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
  • all Tin Tin’s by Hergé, now available in cute small versions, perfect for reading on planes and trains
  • all Les Schroumpfs (The Smurfs) by Peyo
  • Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock – all three books
  • Literary Loves

  • Selected Works Of Gertrude Stein
  • Beyond The Curve by Japanese author Kobo Abe
  • Edgar Allan Poe (has a shelf of his own)
  • Cooking…

  • Healthy Cooking by Rosemary Stanton – a must have on the shelf.
  • Luscious by Michele Cranston (and any other Michele Cranston book, her recipes are real and all divine)
  • Take Three by Jill Dupleix – just 3 main ingredients to remember, easy peasy and delicious ideas.
  • Jamie Oliver (has a shelf of his own)
  • more cookbooks to come as I get the chance to peruse the cooking section of my bookshelf.


  • My Island Home by India Hicks
  • Sensual Home by Ilse Crawford
  • The Treehouse Book by Peter Nelson and Judy Nelson… I want to build a treehouse in the backyard now.
  • Vivre à la Montagne by Philippe Saharoff and Gwenaëlle Leprat… and have a house in the mountains too.
  • A Place for Everything: Organizing the Stuff of Life by Peri Wolfman and Charles Gold
  • Recycled Home by Mark Bailey and Sally Bailey (read our review here)
  • Junk Style by Melanie Molesworth
  • Pottery Barn Kids: Kids’ Rooms (Pottery Barn Kids) by Clay Ide, Gretchen Clark, and Melanie Acevedo
  • Fashion….

  • It’s Vintage, Darling!: How to Be a Clothes Connoisseur by Christa Weil

  • Tibet + China

  • Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land by Patrick French
  • Cave in the Snow by Tenzin Palmo
  • Tintin Au Tibet (Tintin) by Hergé
  • Last Seen in Lhasa: The Story of an Extraordinary Friendship in Modern Tibet by Claire Scobie
  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sogyal Rinpoche
  • The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel: A Biography of the Explorer of Tibet and Its Forbidden Practices by Barbara Foster and Michael Foster
  • My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel
  • Dalai Lama, My Son: A Mother’s Story by Diki Tsering
  • Mantras and Misdemeanours by Vanessa Walker
  • Reincarnation by Vicki McKenzie
  • A Beginners Guide to Changing the World by Isabel Losada
  • Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
  • Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
  • Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang (Author), Jon Halliday
  • Wrestling The Dragon by Gaby Naher
  • Namma: A Tibetan Love Story by Kate Karko

  • Travel…

  • Monsoon Diaries by Shoba Narayan
  • A Baby in A Backpack to Bhutan by Bunty Avieson
  • Holy Cow by Sarah MacDonald
  • Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
  • City Walks: Paris published by Chronicle Books
  • City Walks: Amsterdam published by Chronicle Books
  • and my book! Paris: Made By Hand by Pia Jane Bijkerk 🙂
  • Books I would like to add to the library:

  • Small Eco Houses (Evergreen Series) by Simone Schleifer
  • New Sustainable Homes: Designs for Healthy Living by James Grayson Trulove
  • What Remains by Sally Mann
  • Reviews and suggestions for additions are very welcome.

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    1. Ashley says

      I am so glad you didn’t write “Eat, Pray, Love” under your travel books. I really don’t like that book but it seems everyone else does. I find it self indulgent, not at all an accurate reflection of the cultures she visits (at least from my experience doing research and living in several parts of India), and altogether rather pointless. Anyway, good suggestions!

      March 20th, 2009 | #

    2. Joanna says

      I bought The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society a few months ago and it’s currently sitting on my bookshelf, patiently waiting for me to crack it open. Sounds like I have wonderful reading in store for me!

      March 21st, 2009 | #

    3. Anne says

      If you haven’t already, you should pick up the second set of books in the Griffin & Sabine story (there are six books in total).

      March 23rd, 2009 | #

    4. Victoria says

      I am a avid reader as well and the describtion of your dream library had me at hello…
      Have you had a chance to read anything by Bernhard Schlink (The Reader), a fellow German, very good writer as well, you might like it and his other books.
      XX Victoria

      May 5th, 2009 | #

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