My Bookshelf Portrait
Earlier this month Lindsay from The Pursuit of Style posted on some of her favorite books as she was rearranging her bookshelves. She posed the question, “What would you include in your bookshelf portrait?” you know, “the ones that changed your life, that define who you are, that you read again and again” I instantly fell in love with this question! But to pick my favorites, the ones that define me…I love all my books and the ones I don’t get sold for pennies, so I can buy more books. After surprisingly little deliberation I was able to narrow it down to 5.
- POTTERY BARN HOME: This is the first interior design book I ever purchased. I was in college when I saw it in the discount pile at my favorite book store (I was a marketing major I might add.) It’s made all my moves, it peaked my curiosity on taking interior design seriously. I don’t really refer to it nowadays but it keep it on my shelf as a reminder of how things started.
- DOMINO, THE BOOK OF DECORATING: Domino magazine was my favorite magazine and then it died. Sad day. I was so excited when this book came out, I’ve read it a million times! *Interesting fact about this book, my copy is missing pages 217-240. I don’t know what happened to them, they just didn’t come with my copy. I’m always tempted to buy another one.
- FOOD EVERYDAY, FRESH FLAVOR FAST: Martha Stewart is my new cooking hero. I have only recently discovered her. Sure I’ve heard of the infamous MS but I never read her magazine, watched her show or cooked her recipes. Until now, I checked this book out from the library last year and renewed it 3 times before returning it. After all that I figured I should just buy the dang thing. It’s full of quick delicious meals and I love it! Thank you Ms. Stewart for showing me the light!
- GONE WITH THE WIND: This is my grandmother’s copy of the book. A couple of years ago I mentioned to her in passing that I’ve never read the book or seen the film. She was flabbergasted and lent me her very own copy to read. This book is old, seriously old and I was so nervous I would ruin it because of it’s frailty. I didn’t, thank goodness. But when I finished it and tried to return it to her she told me it was mine to keep. I was honored to be this book’s new keeper and proudly display it on my shelf.
- THE HISTORIAN: When my husband and I took our honeymoon we stayed in this lovely resort in St. Lucia. We partook in all the resort had to offer from drinks on the beach to archery lessons to limbo contests and romantic candle lit dinners. We met some of the most interesting and delightful couples while we were there too. One of them happened to give us a book they had just finished reading. It was the perfect beach read, interesting and not mentally demanding. But I love it because it reminds me of our time together in St. Lucia, the place we first began our marriage together.
So now I ask you, what does your book portrait look like? What books have shaped your life?