Endless summer books to lift your mood

I know summer is over but deep in my heart I want to hold on to these long rosé tinted summer skies, warm breezes and fragrant jasmine blossoms that give my garden that sweet nonchalance, that feeling of an endless summer.

Even if the weather is no longer on my side, I will still have summer lingering on my bookshelf and bedtime table. Here are IRMA’s selected books for a guaranteed prolonged summer, all year round.

my-greek-island-home-50-might-convince-you-quit-your-day-jobMy Greek Island Home
By Claire Lloyd
Penguin Books
This charming book might convince you to quit your day job and move to Greece. Read how Australian artist, designer and photographer Claire Lloyd exchanged her successful career and busy city life in London to seek out a slower, more fulfilling life in the Greek island of Lesvos. Filled with beautiful texts and exquisite photography, it’s a feast for the eyes and impossible not to get inspired and taken away by Lloyd’s new life on an enchanting Greek island.


gypset-travel-45-explores-roaming-ways-gypsy-jet-settersGypset Travel
By Julia Chaplin
Gypset Travel explores the roaming ways of gypsy jet-setters around the globe. From the Aeolian Islands in Italy to Lamu, Kenya; North Goa, India; and José Ignacio, Uruguay, Chaplin presents the glamorous yet casual lifestyle of these bohemian travellers, artists and bon vivants, mixing the wiles of a gypsy with the sophistication of the jet set. With inspiring interviews and stunning photography, it’s all you need to pack it up and get moving to one of these faraway paradises.


un-mito-nel-mito-jackie-capri-98-captures-former-firstUn Mito Nel Mito: Jackie’s Capri
Edizioni La Conchiglia
Intimate but glamorous, rustic but elegant, Capri is the definition of Mediterranean cool. This volume captures the former first lady holidaying on the island of Capri between 1969 and 1973. We see a smiling Jackie, relaxed and at ease, mingling with locals and tourists, but as always a style icon wearing big sunglasses, strappy sandals, the eponymous Capri pants and silk scarves wrapped artfully around her head.


in-the-spirit-of-rio_3d-coverIn The Spirit of Rio
By Bruno Astuto
Rio de Janeiro is the “Cidade Maravilhosa,” a magic city that has inspired countless artists, designers, architects, poets and musicians. From the ocean and the famous beaches to its concrete jungle and the world’s largest urban forest, it’s an homage to an incredibly dynamic and inspiring place and its citizens, the cariocas, who radiate the sun they so revere. A beautiful coffee table book filled with vibrant imagery, In the Spirit of Rio also includes a guide to the best hotels, restaurants, galleries, shops and attractions.


582080_multicoloured_1Nomad Deluxe
By Herbert Ypma
This book radiates summer travel vibes on all of its 270 pages. Globetrotting travel writer and photographer Herbert Ypma, a true modern-day nomad in the know, takes us along to some of the most distant places of the planet, from the arid Atacama Desert to an ice hotel in the Arctic Circle to hidden places in Tibet and nearly undiscovered beaches on France’s Atlantic coast. With gripping texts and stunning photography, it’s a must for adventurers or anybody yearning to pack up and discover the world.

Credits: On the slider, IRMA is wearing a T-shirt from Chanel and the Cape Cod watch from Hermès.