Showers: Book Party

I adore books. So while brainstorming with my best friend about what kind of bridal shower to throw for an old roommate, I came up with the idea for a book shower (don't worry, Helen. We're not throwing you one. It was just an idea.). But seriously, how cool would that be? You could get help starting a family library! Just mosey on over to Amazon and add books to your wish list — it's just like registering!

To help you get started, here's some great books:

The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships
Messages: The Communication Skills Book
Real Simple: Meals Made Easy
Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook
Simple Home Solutions: Good Things with Martha Stewart Living
Savvy Guide to Car Maintenance And Repair
The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
Encyclopedia Britannica
Holy Bible: King James Version (or another book important to the couple's religious beliefs)
Clean Green: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home
Kitchen Hints From Heloise: More Than 1,527 Time-Saving, Money-Saving, and Work-Saving Hints for Cooking, Cleaning, Shopping, and Storing
Nolo's Encyclopedia of Everyday Law: Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Nolo's Simple Will Book
The Budget Kit: The Common Cents Money Management Workbook
Maxwell Quick Medical Reference
The Pill Book
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
New American Roget's College Thesaurus
The Complete Illustrated Kama Sutra
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Our Wedding Scrapbook

And as an activity, you can have your guests leave you message on these cool bookplates from Nested (so chic and free to download!):

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Just set up a bookshelf and a small table. Leave out a bunch of the booklabels (preprinted and precut). Fill a jar or cup with pretty beads or beans and insert acid-free pens (like these from American Crafts, 5 for $9.99) tips down. This will allow the pens to work smoother. When guests are through writing, they can put the label in the book, and add their books to the shelf. Instant gift. Instant memories.

Readers, what book would you bring to a Bridal Book Shower?