Well-Read Women

Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby Emma Woodhouse, Emma Nancy Drew, Nancy Drew Mysteries

When you’re reading a book, do you try to picture what the characters would look like? If so, then you’ll probably love this book that just came out: Well-Read Women. I think that Chronicle Books publishes some of the prettiest books and this one is no exception. It contains illustrations of 50 famous heroines from literature, including Anna Karenina, Daisy Buchanan and Nancy Drew, to name a few. All of the portraits were created by Samantha Hahn, a painter based here in NYC. This book combines two things I love, literature and art, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  • Yesss! This one’s absolutely on my wishlist. Her work is gorgeous!

    • As I was reading this post I thought “Oh! Casee would love this!” ;)

      • Haha, yep, I also thought this would be right up her alley! :)

    • Mine too! Her illustrations are just beautiful.

  • Literature and Art are two of my big loves as well and this book looks amazing! I’ll have to pick it up for sure! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    • You’re welcome- I just had to share! :)

  • Louise

    These illustrations are beautiful, they’d be so perfect for framing to brighten up a room too! x


    • Yes- I’d love if they were also sold as prints as well!

  • Nikki Odeluga

    Yay, I need something to read!
    Now…do you know where I can buy time?

  • Jessica

    I would love this book. I always imagine what the characters in my books look like. And I will admit that I am always very disappointed when they make a great book into a movie and the character doesn’t match how I imagined.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

    • Oh, that’s so true! I feel like there’s always a lot of pressure when they turn a well-loved book into a movie (like The Hunger Games, etc.).

  • This sounds so cool!