I buy a lot of books from charity shops and carboot sales. They are insanely cheap and I tend to read them and give them back which saves space at home. Obviously given my interest in fashion I buy quite a lot of fashion books (both new and used) and I thought that I would give you my opinions on the best.
These are my absolute favourites and the ones I return to again and again:
The Cheap Date Guide to Style by Bay Garnett and Kira Jolliffe. It sings the praises of the jumble, the charity shop and the carboot and they should be known as the Queens of Thrifting. Bay Garnett is a stylist for Vogue and knows her stuff. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Thrift/Style.
Luella's book Guide to English Style is superb. I read the whole thing on a trip alone to Italy to watch my team Spurs play in the Champions League. I had to get a train across Italy and this kept distracting me from the views out of the window. I absolutely love Luella's clothes (I will do a post on how many I have got over the years, mostly Ebay, outlets and a couple of finds from charity shops) so this was bound to be for me. Even the outside of the book is beautiful. Typically English and singing the praises of everyone from Justine Frischmann to The Queen it is a great inspiration.
Many celebrity books are terrible (Victoria Beckham's extra half inch - straight back in the charity bag) but I really love Rachel Zoe's Style A to Zoe. Obviously she is a stylist and this is wordy and full of good advice. Don't worry you don't have to be a size zero to enjoy or benefit from it. Her reality TV show is also amazing, I love it, she is truly fashion - even her baby boy has this wardrobe http://www.refinery29.com/inside-rachel-zoe-s-baby-s-closet-it-s-major and her vintage collection is drool worthy.
I absolutely LOVE this book. I have read it loads and it still makes me laugh. I am terrible for checking out people on the streets style and this just appeals to my judgemental nature! If you are unaware of Vice's style then check it out online here (may not be work safe) http://www.viceland.com/int/dos.php. It is basically pictures of people on the street with extremely funny critique underneath.
The Sartorialist is something that you are probably aware of. If not it is people photographed on the street with amazing style. Always worth a flick. Check out the website here
This book is brilliant. It is crammed with allsorts of tips for shopping, clubbing, eating, etc. I guarantee that you won't be disappointed, especially if you pick it up for £1 like I did.
Finally if anyone is into interiors I would recommend the following:
The Selby is based on the website http://www.theselby.com/ and is basically pictures of cool peoples houses. I love getting to have a peak into their houses and a lot of them are thrifters. It is not your usual interior book. My friend said it was loads of people showing off so it is clearly not for everyone!
I saw this in one of the rooms in the hotel where we got married and knew that it would be for me. Indeed the place I got married in (The Crab and Lobster, Thirsk) is in there so I may be a little biased. It is full of very odd looking places around England.