I know most of us are focused on books as books, but apparently there are book romantics
out there who see them more as objects of beauty. And I don’t mean just how nice they can look on a bookshelf or a coffee table!
And let’s not forget my favorite: miniature books. There’s the standard kind that you use for, say, a doll house or just for fun (they’re really too small to read). And then there’s the miniaturized books done with an artistic flair.
Cute as miniature books are, however, I’m betting my fellow romance lovers will fall for British artist Jeremy May’s “literary jewels”—rings and pendants cut from the compressed pages of a book, fashioned into a piece of jewelry (May laminates the sheets of paper together and finishes them to a high gloss) . . . and then tucked back into the original little excavated space in the tome. Each piece is one-of-a-kind … unique to the book, the pages selected and the jewelry created. (If your girl is an author, diamonds might well no longer be her best friend!)
For me, these are all cool, but then I’m one of those awful people who occasionally use books as coasters. My books get messy and rumpled and creased, which says, to me, that they’re well loved. Other people might feel differently.
So how do you feel? Do you like the idea of making art out of books or turning them into desks or wedding rings? Or is it just about the reading for you? Are you hard on your books or do you coddle them? Or do you opt out of the physical book process completely by using an e-reader? Or, like me, would you miss the physical book were it to disappear?
Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times bestselling author of the School for Heiresses series and the new Hellions of Halstead Hall series. Her latest book is A Hellion in Her Bed, book 2 of the Hellions series.
Sabrina has an autographed copy of her first Hellions of Halstead Hall book, The Truth About Lord Stoneville and a collectible deck of A Hellion in Her Bed playing cards for one lucky person who joins in the comments!