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Ideal Bookshelf

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Today I read on a favorite blog of mine about bookshelves and how much they can reveal about you. It mentioned a book called 'My Ideal Bookshelf', where creative thinkers (think movie stars, chefs, writers, etc) share their favorite books. It got me thinking about my favorite books, my ideal bookshelf. The one where if someone looks at it they have an instant idea of who you are, what you like. I found this idea charming, the idea of an ideal bookshelf.... so I put together a list of my perfect bookshelf. Luckily I already own most the books on it!

The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin)
Sex, Time, & Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution (Leonard Shlain)
The Odyssey (Homer)
Select Poems by Robert Frost
Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg
Blood and Gold (Anne Rice)
The Romance of Small Town Chautauquas/The Long Way Home/Life's Changing Panorama (all by my Grandfather, James R. Schultz)
The Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)
Pie in the Sky (Susan G. Purdy, high altitude cookbook)
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment (Martin Seligman)
The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins)
Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)

What would you want on your perfect bookshelf? I have many more books on mine, but these are the first that came to mind and catch the strongest interest from me. If you saw my bookshelf, what would your first impression of me be? That may be the piece that interests me most... what can we really tell from a quick glance at the books one collects and reads?
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    I think your bookshelf shows that you like the idea of paranormal & adventures and you also like to enpower yourself, make you much stronger especially from inside :D

    Hmm, mine has lots of historical romance and paranormal romance, especially those that make me laugh and cry like Julia Quinn, Sabrina Jeffries, Lynsay Sands, Kresley Cole and Kerrelyn Sparks with "dashes" from different genres like Harry Potter series, Darren Shan's and Jeffrey Archer's books. So, what do you think of mine?
    2040 days ago
    Love your list! Two of my many bookcases are the first thing you see when you enter my house. It's fun to watch people stop and look to see what I read - spirituality, women's issues, ALL the HP books, Jean Auel, Susan Howatch, Thomas Merton, etc etc etc.
    2041 days ago
    Good idea!
    2041 days ago
    Love your blog.

    What is says to me about you is that you have an eclectic taste in books -- Frost - Poetry, Homer - Odyssey, Sandburg, Rice, and then The Hunger Games. Anyone who would put the Odyssey on their bookshelf after getting through it in high school or college has my total admiration. Plus your Grandfather -- pretty neat.

    Of course it made me think about what I would put on my shelf -- and I realized I had only read about three books from your shelf! This is fun. I will have to think on this. I'd be interested in the blog that inspired this.
    2042 days ago
    This is an awesome blog and idea! Looking at yours, I'd think, "Oh, God, she reads too many pretentious, overprivileged women with nothing better to do than bore us with their memoirs." Then, I'd realize that the first book that came to mind for me was "Lighting Up: How I Stopped Smoking, Drinking, and Everything Else I Loved in Life Except Sex" by Susan Shapiro, another pretentious, overprivileged woman's memoir. I mean, hypothetically, of course. =)

    Interesting how the bookended, though...

    Which actually says nothing about you at all to me. But what does say something is that your bookshelf has your Grandpa on it, which says to me that you are family-oriented and from a very cool family to have such a prolific writer in it. Seeing Robert Frost on there tells me you are a smartie. And overall, I think we have pretty different tastes in books, but that we would complement each other well in real life as friends, if that makes sense.

    Maybe it'll make more if I actually do make an "Ideal Bookshelf" list for you, so I'll try today. =)
    2042 days ago
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