“A man’s bookcase will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about him.”
― Walter Mosley
Lately, I have become enamored by the ideal bookshelf artwork of Jane Mount. I stumbled upon her website on a Pinterest binge and suddenly became obsessed with trying to decide what books would go on my ideal bookshelf! I love the slightly whimsical quality of the paintings, and I could browse the site for hours admiring the “shelves” that have been created for others.
I’m thinking I would want to choose books that had important meaning in my life, but of course, I would try to avoid being a book snob and choosing books simply to impress others. I mean, most folks would know that War and Peace wasn’t really one of my favorite books!
So, off the top of my head here are a few of my picks:
1. Where the Lilies Bloom (Cleaver): I read this book numerous times in my childhood and was enthralled by the way a group of siblings took care of themselves after their parents died.
2. The Master Butchers Singing Club (Erdrich): I can’t remember many books that draw me in the way this one did. When it ended, I felt sad that my time with the characters was over.
3. Autobiography of a Face (Grealy): This sad story was written with such honesty and some of the most beautifully crafted language I’ve read.
4. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hosseini): One of the most moving friendship stories I can remember. This book touched me deeply.
Oh, it’s so hard to pick, but I’m going to keep brainstorming. I just worry that there will be too many books on my shelf! I really look forward to having one created just for me, and I think I know exactly where it will go! Happy reading!