a beautiful book

I'm going to post my monthly reading report tomorrow, but I wanted to highlight a really amazing book first. I've always thought Susan Branch had pretty artwork, but I never knew much about her as a person. This is book one in a 3 part series she is writing about her own life and experiences. The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch. This is one you will want in hardback because the illustrations and style of the book are amazing.

In all honesty, I would have never thought to read this book if the publisher hadn't sent it to me to review for my blog. I'm so glad I got this opportunity because I absolutely loved reading this! I had no idea what to expect and when I opened it up, I thought - well... it's pretty. That will be fun to look through...

Her story was fascinating to me. She was very open and honest about her own shortcomings and her failed first marriage. I had no idea that the book would end up being so personal. It also documents her artistic journey as she discovered her talents. It's hard for me to believe that she didn't even start drawing or painting until her late twenties/early thirties. So interesting!

What I loved most about the book is that it felt like a combination of a scrapbook + art journal + autobiography. I would love to put together a book like this about my own life!

I took these photos when I was visiting my parents because that is where I was when I finished the book. I totally stayed up half the night for two nights in a row to finish it. I left the book with my Mom so she could read it. Normally, I would just tell her to keep the book or discard it but I made it clear that this is one I want back because I want to look at it again for inspiration. I've already bought the second book that was just recently published.

One of the things I admire about Susan Branch is her desire to make life beautiful. My own Mom is that same way and has always taken great pleasure in decorating and putting together a beautiful home. I thought it was fitting to end this post by showing you the room in her home where I took these photos.

Isn't it pretty? She always has fun little things on display. I know she will enjoy The Fairy Tale Girl and I bet many of you will as well. It's a very interesting and beautiful book!