It's always nice to have some books to flip through while sitting on a lawn chair, or to toss into a suitcase for portable entertainment. Here are a few books I recommend:
Found, Free, and Flea by Tereasa Surratt: The story of a man and wife who bought and renovated the husband's childhood summer camp and discovered forgotten treasures throughout all the buildings. It's full of anecdotes and features homey, rustic style ideas.
Shabby Chic Interiors and Shabby Chic Inspirations by Rachel Ashwell: Full of girly, ruffly, floral pictures! Any book by Rachel Ashwell is visually amazing!
Cheap Chic by Emily Chalmers: Super cute ways to use thrifty finds.
Restore. Recycle. Repurpose. by Randy Florke: The pictures are fresh and abundant, and if you're interested there is oodles of information on eco-friendly décor possibilities.
Style Me Vintage--Hair by Belinda Hay: Fun and visually appealing! This book contains great vintage inspired hair style tutorials. I'd say they're a bit complicated for daily wear, but, if you're that enthusiastic about them, go for it! I have yet to read the other books in the series, but I will be hunting them down soon enough.
Vintage Jewelry Design by Caroline Cox: Lots of great jewelry history.
Art School by Patricia Monahan, Patricia Seligman, and Wendy Clouse: Sometimes I find art books to be too extensive, but this book has several useful techniques for painting different textures.
Edith Head by David Chierichetti: Great information on Edith's life and successful career as well as vintage Hollywood and its starlets. This book also mentions some of Edith's costume design tricks for making every outfit look perfectly proportioned.
A Stitch in Time Volumes 1 and 2 by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller: Fabulous vintage knitting patterns. At the moment I can't knit more than a circle scarf, but these patterns make me want to practice and learn! If you start knitting these up now you'll have some lovely garments come fall!