Beautiful Bookshelves You’ll Wish Were Yours

These 17 real women share their gorgeous spines and shelves on Passerbuys. Caution: will induce envy.

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I’m obsessed with the site Passerbuys, not only because it features great recommendations from real women—beauty, music, morning routines, and of course, books—but because it also shares gorgeous images of these women in their homes. I love to look at their art, their closets—but most of all, their bookshelves! Scroll down for lots of inspiration and awesome book recommendations from cool women around the world.

Angie Venezia

Publicist / East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

beautiful bookshelves

beautiful bookshelves

Angie’s favorite books

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, et. al., Slow Days, Fast Company by Eve Babitz, The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer

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Leta Sobierajski

Art director, designer / Williamsburg, Brooklyn

beautiful bookshelves

Leta’s favorite books

Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle by Guggenheim Museum Publications, Erwin Wurm by Erwin Wurm, The Work of Ikko Tanaka by Katsumi Asada, TOILET PAPER by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, Esprit: The Comprehensive Design Principle by Douglas Tompkins, Takashi Suzuki – Bau by Takashi Suzuki

Erin Allweiss

Entrepreneur / Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

beautiful bookshelves

Erin’s favorite books

Paris Views by Gail Albert Halaban, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power, Special Orders: Poems by Edward Hirsch, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins

Molly Surno

Artist / Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Molly’s favorite books

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch, Hollywood Babylon II by Kenneth Anger, Poems by Yvonne Rainer, Criterion Designs, Beauty and the Beast by Michael Taussig, The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

Melissa Flashman

Literary agent / Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

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Mel’s favorite books

Seduction and Betrayal by Elizabeth Hardwick, Let’s Talk About Love by Carl Wilson, The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships by Robert B. Silvers, Sophie Calle: Take Care of Yourself

Shawana Grosvenor

Visual consultant / Hackney Downs, London

beautiful bookshelves

Shawana’s favorite books

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren, Play It As It Lays: A Novel by Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Soraya Ahoubim

Lawyer / Williamsburg, Brooklyn

beautiful bookshelvesSoraya’s favorite books

On Love by Alain de Botton, A Philosophy of Loneliness by Lars Svendsen, The Way to Love by Anthony De Mello, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, A Short History of World War II by James L. Stokesbury, Citizens by Simon Schama, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt

Stephanie Danler

Writer / Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles

beautiful bookshelvesStephanie’s favorite books

Abandon Me by Melissa Febos, Playground of My Mind by Julia Jacquette, The Sewanee Review, Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

Jenna Wortham

Writer / Bushwick, Brooklyn

beautiful bookshelvesJenna’s favorite books

The Black Book by Middleton A. Harris, Ernest Smith, Morris Levitt, Roger Furman, & Toni Morrison, This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Fariha Róisín

Writer / Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

beautiful bookshelvesFariha’s favorite books

To look at the sea is to become what one is: An Etel Adnan Reader by Etel Adnan, A Breath of Life by Clarice Lispector, Look by Solmaz Sharif, and Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith, The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren

Natalie Fält

Filmmaker / Echo Park, Los Angeles

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Natalie’s favorite books

Projections 13: Women Filmmakers on Filmmaking, Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin, Woman to Woman by Marguerite Duras and Xaviere Gauthier, Anaïs Nin Observed by Robert Snyder, Reel to Real by bell hooks, Our Bodies Ourselves by Judy Norsigian

Laura Helms

Historian, archivist / Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

beautiful bookshelvesLaura’s favorite books

The Goddess and Other Women by Joyce Carol Oates, Modern Furniture and Decoration by Robert Harling, Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon and Scruples by Judith Krantz

Nicole Najafi

Entrepreneur / Gramercy Park, Manhattan

beautiful bookshelves

Nicole’s favorite books

Liar’s Club by Mary Karr, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, The Stranger by Albert Camus, On Writing by Stephen King, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Molly Young

Writer / Chinatown, Manhattan

beautiful bookshelves

beautiful bookshelves

beautiful bookshelves

Molly’s favorite books

Tokyo Fiancee by Amelie Nothomb, What Do You Desire?: Vol. II: n+1 Anthology by Various Authors, London Fields by Martin Amis, Martian Dawn by Michael Friedman, Loving Sabotage by Amelie Nothomb, The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning by David Owen

Cassi Gibson

Art director, curator / Downtown Los Angeles

beautiful bookshelvesCassi’s favorite books

Lost Body by Aimé Césaire, I Write What I Like: Selected Writings by Steve Biko, The Holy Qur’an Translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali

Marjon Carlos

Writer / Greenpoint, Brooklyn

beautiful bookshelves

beautiful bookshelves

Marjon’s favorite books

Negroland by Margo Jefferson, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography by Audre Lorde, Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Angela Kohler

Director, photographer / Echo Park, Los Angeles

beautiful bookshelves

beautiful bookshelves

Angela’s favorite books

Some Memories of Drawings by Georgia O’Keeffe, American Portraits by Leon Borensztein, Schiele by Wolfgang Georg Fischer, Francesca Woodman by Cory Keller, The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor, A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin


Images courtesy of Passerbuys and Clémence Polès

About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Editor of Read It Forward. As a kid, she used to get in trouble at summer camp for using a flashlight to read inside her sleeping bag after lights out, but these days, she lives in Brooklyn, where nobody minds if she stays up late reading. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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