my ideal bookshelf

The assignment sounds straightforward enough. Select a small shelf of books that represent you–the books that have changed your life, that have made you who you are today, your favorite favorites. My Ideal Bookshelf.

Jane Mount, a wonderful artist, asked over a hundred creative people which books mattered to them the most, and then she painted their ideal bookshelves. Check out her website for lots more wonderful book paintings. She captures the spines so beautifully that you can almost feel the book.

One of the people she asked was Jennifer Egan:

jennifer egan's ideal bookshelf

jennifer egan’s ideal bookshelf

A long time ago I made a list of the 10 books I would keep if I could only keep 10, but I can’t find it. I know Ladder of Years, Light Years and The Anna Papers were on that long-ago list. I also have each of those in paperback and on my Kindle. After spending the afternoon playing with my books, I’m very satisfied with these 12. So at this very moment, here is my ideal bookshelf:

cnm ideal bookshelf

cnm ideal bookshelf 4-22-13

Twenty-four hours later I’m up to 16…

cnm ideal bookshelf 4-23-13

cnm ideal bookshelf 4-23-13

What’s on your ideal bookshelf : )