Hey Posse Peeps,
Portia in the house from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and thrilled to back with you all today. Recently Ari from Scents of Self did a “Yes, you are a (perfume) nerd” post on on NowSmellThis. A lighthearted look at why all perfumistas are nerds to some degree. Can’t deny it because I am and always have been ‘slightly’ nerdish. Bookish to be exact. So when I discovered the Fragrant Wormhole and dived in it was an easy transition to read blogs for hours on end instead of books, then go to bed and read my books.
Bookish Portia reads Denyse Beaulieu, M J Rose and Alyssa Harad
I’m thinking that it may also have worked in reverse, people start reading blogs and cross over to books. So I have read a bunch of perfume related books and would like to introduce you to the 3 easiest and funnest reads I’ve plowed my way through lately. They are all perfume related, share some useful info and kept me page turning till the end. What more could you ask from a book? As it’s summer up there in the Northern Hemisphere you’ll need a book to sit in the back yard with iced tea or a Piptzer (apple cider & dry white wine in a brandy balloon with loads of ice and a slice of lime, a modern boozier Spritzer)
THE PERFUME LOVER by DENYSE BEAULIEU: If you are a fumie and you’ve not heard of this book then you are either very new or you’ve been living under a rock. Denyse Beaulieu is the woman behind longtime frag. blog Grain De Musc; A Perfume Lover In Paris. The story is a fumies dream come true. Reminiscing one day with a world class perfumer about a perfect night of love they basically dare each other to see if it can become a perfume reality. This is the story of the night, the memories, the perfumes, the creation, the agonising and finally the fruition of that dare. It’s a memoir and a guide book all in one. I enjoyed it immensely and have already reread it.
BookDepository around AUD$21 including worldwide delivery
THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES by M J ROSE: A history lesson, perfume guide, moral and religion questioning, suspense novel full of interesting pieces of the perfume puzzle. The premise being that there was once a fragrance that could recall lost loves through time and space, AWESOME! M J Rose has you right there in the story with the protagonists and there were times when I could not put the book down, completely lost in an alternate reality. Cool, fun reading
BookDepository around AUD$22 including worldwide delivery
COMING TO MY SENSES by ALYSSA HARAD: The newest of the three books; Alyssa Harad is a NowSmellThis blogger who sadly finished up with them earlier in 2012. I inhaled this book in 2 sittings and will have to go back and get the finer details next read. This should be a movie, it’s a screenplay ready to be shot. The story of a girl trapped in a bad cycle who comes to realise all the joy and happiness around her through her love of fragrance, people and surprisingly to her, herself. She learns so much and comes to so many wonderful self discoveries leading up to destination wedding, a place she never expected to find herself. Loads of great perfume info, people, frags, places that you will recognise from your own fragrant adventure and a fraught extended family adventure. You will see yourself in this book, somewhere along the line.
BookDepository around AUD$25 including worldwide delivery
So silly me ordered 2 of Alyssa Harad’s Coming To My Senses so I thought I’d give the other to one lucky reader. How do you enter? Leave a message below telling me what your favourite perfume referencing book is, fiction or non fiction, and a 2 sentence summary! It’s that easy. I will write down all the names on pieces of paper, scrunch them up and TSO Jin will pick from a bowl. The winner can DM me on twitter (
@OzPerfumeJunkie) or FB (Portia Turbo-Gear) within a week from drawing, which will be next Thursday night and up on the Perfume Posse next Friday or I’ll give it to someone else.
Please jump on over to the AustralianPerfumeJunkies and have a look; there’s always something buzzy and interesting going on over there too. I wish you all the good things you wish for yourself, and a few more.
I’ve chosen BookDepository is because they are well priced and include delivery. I have no affiliation with them but did steal pictures for this post.