At the risk of appearing shallow, I give to you my bedside reading shelf. These aren't the books I'm currently reading, but rather serve as "comfort" books: if I've nothing else to read, or am feeling sad/stressed, or simply want something to pick up and browse through until I feel sleepy, these books are what I turn to.
You'll see a few different categories. At the top, books on writing and girly beauty books (I just bought Nina Garcia's The One Hundred...not in the shelf yet 'cause I'm still reading it). The Preppy Handbook and its modern twin, The Filthy Rich Handbook. A couple of journals and The Artist's Way. Alot of Alexandra Stoddard; I first found her book Living a Beautiful Life browsing at my college's bookstore and she's been my authorial lifestyle mentor ever since. I think I have almost all of her books; not shown is her Book of Color.
Then we get to the Beauty and Fashion section, which includes a number of books about French style. Another life-changing book for me was Susan Sommer's French Chic. I bought it my last semester in college and it pretty much became my bible for dressing in the working world. It's responsible too, for creating my obsession with Hermès scarves.
Finally, the French language shelf. I've been trying to improve my French speaking and listening skills and I keep these reference books nearby to remind me to study! Also on this shelf are two random books, Victoria Intimate Home (it's just a beautiful little book) and A Reader's Guide to Writer's Britain (earlier this year I was obsessed with British literature/landscape connections and, as I couldn't be there, this book was the next best thing). Then there are the reference essentials: a dictionary and a thesaurus.
The Ladurée bag was given to me by my son, from a trip to Paris while he was studying in Europe. (I've never been there; how does he get to go when I haven't?! I stayed home and earned his tuition [eye roll].)