My Ideal Bookshelf

by Jennifer


I’m a bona fide bookworm, and so books about books are always appealing to me, so I was definitely interested in reviewing My Ideal Bookshelf, edited by Thessaly La Force and illustrated by Jane Mount.

As a bookworm, I’m not sure I got what I expected from this book, because I would have preferred in-depth discussion about specific titles that might have been familiar to me, but the essays accompanying the bookshelves are fairly broad. However, there are still nuggets of booklove in there, like photographer Todd Hido who said “Spend three hours at the Strand bookstore. Get out there and look” (page 92). I’m a huge fan of that wonderful New York City bookstore, so that statement made my heart leap.

Because of the whole package, this is a book I can recommend, though perhaps not solely for bookworms. My teen daughter is an artist, and so I’ve become much more aware of art, and this is a BEAUTIFUL book, so it would be perfect as a coffee table book or library feature. The entry from each person appears on one side of the page, and the other side has a full-page drawing of the books (similar to the one featured on the cover).

There are quite a few authors featured, but there are also several artists — from all sorts of fields — chefs and professionals from other careers, so the books that are featured are not for bookworms only. A sampling of contributors:

  • Judd Apatow
  • Jennifer Egan
  • David Sedaris
  • Chef Hugh Acheson
  • Nancy Pearl
  • Artist Marilyn Minter
  • Interior Designer Tom Delavan
  • Musician Rosanne Cash

You can enter to win a copy of this book for you or someone on your gift-giving list. Just leave a comment, and we’ll select a random commenter. The winner will be announced in our giveaway column on December 5.

  • The winners of Astray are #13 Anita Yancey and #16 Sharon.

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Jennifer‘s ideal bookshelf would probably contain some novels that made her laugh and cry, a memoir or two, some magical middle grade fiction, and some Bible books. Just don’t ask her to choose which ones. She blogs at Snapshot, or used to, anyway.

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skavka November 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

I would love to receive this. I also love books about books.


2 Carolyn November 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

Oh, how I would love this book!


3 Dawn November 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

Oh this looks neat! I really appreciate diverse subjects as well as artists and other creative forces in bookdom! Looks good. ;) Thanks for the chance and your review. Hope to make it for WOMN this round.
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4 riTa November 21, 2012 at 9:32 am

Sounds wonderfully comprehensive of the arts. With so many variously gifted family members, i would be delighted to win this book.
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5 ellie November 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

What a lovely and unique book. Many thanks.


6 Kristin Jones November 21, 2012 at 10:18 am

This book looks fantastic, I want to read it and pass it along!


7 pearl November 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

This book is a treasure. Thanks for this chance.


8 Anne November 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

A wonderful book which would be appreciated and read.


9 Katie November 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

This looks beautiful! I would love to read it!


10 diane November 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Excellent and special.


11 Colleen Turner November 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

This book sounds great! I love to get a peek into what other people read and seeing what it might say about their personalities.



12 Jessica T November 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Reading is my favorite pastime!


13 paige bacon November 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

(Hopping up and down in the corner) Me! I saw this book and oh I want it!


14 Sharyl November 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Looks like a great book.


15 Natalia November 22, 2012 at 12:16 am

I need this book!


16 Prachi November 22, 2012 at 3:10 am

I would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks for the opportunity !


17 Stephanie November 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

What a cool book! Thanks for the give away!
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18 Don November 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Would like to win.


19 June November 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

How great is this?


20 Anita Yancey December 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I would love to win this book. Thanks for having this giveaway.


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