It wasn’t all that long ago we were talking about creating our perfect bookcases. So I was delighted to hear about this new book from LIttle Brown & Co., The Ideal Bookshelf. Have you read it yet? Artist Jane Mount teamed up with editor Thesslay La Force to create what looks like the perfect coffee table book, featuring 100 leading cultural figures’s ideal bookshelves. Some of the people they interviewed include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Junot Diaz, Patti Smith, David Sedaris, Dave Eggers and Rosanne Cash — some of my favorites!
As cool as the book sounds, what I love possibly more than reading about other peoples’ bookshelves, is the thought of commissioning Jane Mount to draw my own ideal bookshelf… which you can do(!!).
Wouldn’t that make the most lovely, personalized Christmas present for you book-obsessed friend or loved one. Or, for yourself! You can choose from a painting of 7, 10, 15 or 20 books. Just for fun, if you had to choose just 7 books that represent you, which ones would you choose?
Mine would be Anna Karenina, Watership Down, Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jane Austen’s Persuasian, The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor, and Cloud Atlas.