Dream Art Collection: Girls Reading

Someday I would love to have enough bookshelves to accommodate all of my books (and books yet to be found), with a cozy chair, a little table to hold a cup of tea, and a collection of beautifully framed photos of girls reading...

• I don't think I've ever seen a Marilyn Monroe movie, but I have such a soft spot for all the photos of her reading. She looks so young and vulnerable and happy, a girl I'd like to be book-lovin' friends with. I once read that Marilyn always preferred to spend her money on books rather than jewelry. That's pretty endearing. The first image is the one that got me thinking of a "girls reading" collection when I saw it in a magazine years ago — I tore the page out and have it somewhere, just waiting to be framed. The second image is actually available for sale, starting at $99.

• "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier Van Der Weyden is one of my favorite paintings from one of my favorite periods in art history. I've carried the image of Mary reading peacefully with me for the ten years since finishing my studies, and only recently decided to look it up. It's for sale! Prints start at only £15 through the National Gallery.

• Last, but far from least, there's Parker Posey as reluctant-but-gifted librarian in Party Girl. I actually can't quite tell what's in her hands (books, stamp pads?) in this movie still, but as she's surrounded by books, it's good enough for me. What a gal, that Parker Posey.

Images: 1. & 3. Belle's Bookshelf,2. "Marilyn Monroe Reading at Home" by Alfred Eisenstaedt from Allposters.com, 4. "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier Van Der Weyden from The National Gallery UK, 5. Katie Miller's Pinterest