1. youtastelikenachos:

My books are all in storage because I am moving to my parents’ house. Therefore, I have decided to share with you my ideal bookshelf from when I was 16 because my current bedroom is a time capsule back to that time.
(from L to R)
I somehow skipped the whole part of my life when I was supposed to be reading YA. However, I LOVED the Megan McCafferty Sloppy Firsts series. I thought Jessica Darling was the coolest because she was kind of a bitch who would go running in the middle of the night and she had the most unexpected crush on Marcus Flutie.
You can’t tell from the photo, but Love, Janis was published by Acid Test Productions. My parents bought this for me because I would always flip through her biographies at the library. This is not the only Janis Joplin biography I own.
The McCartney/Lennon books in the middle were part of a huge White Album phase that I’m pretty sure every 16-year-old goes through. I think I was also reading Helter Skelter at the time.
Chuck Palahniuk! I loved his books. That is because I was misunderstood you know. For my 17th birthday my parents brought me to the KGB bar in the exotic Greenwich Village to see him read. My parents still talk about that night all the time and how every single person was smoking in the bar and they were the oldest people there and I was the youngest. We went out to dinner afterward and the waiter served me wine without asking if I wanted some and I learned what is is to be drunk.
I read Nickel and Dimed because I found it in our basement. I think my brother had it because he was reading it in college (college! how grown-up!) There are two events in my life that I look back on and say, “Oh that is when I started to give a shit.” One was September 11. The other was reading this book.
And then there is the beginning of my love for Jeffrey Eugenides. This one was given to me by a high school boyfriend who wrote, “Erin - Please don’t kill yourself. You’re too pretty” in the inside cover. I was definitely still a virgin.
I bought the script for The Royal Tenenbaums but I’m not sure why I felt I needed it since I could recite the entire movie by heart anyway.
Ethan Frome. Not much to say about this one except that it was the very first book I can remember reading for school and actually enjoying.
That, my book friends, is a special look into the literary tastes of my 16-year-old self.

More bookshelves! More of the time!

    youtastelikenachos:

    My books are all in storage because I am moving to my parents’ house. Therefore, I have decided to share with you my ideal bookshelf from when I was 16 because my current bedroom is a time capsule back to that time.

    (from L to R)

    I somehow skipped the whole part of my life when I was supposed to be reading YA. However, I LOVED the Megan McCafferty Sloppy Firsts series. I thought Jessica Darling was the coolest because she was kind of a bitch who would go running in the middle of the night and she had the most unexpected crush on Marcus Flutie.

    You can’t tell from the photo, but Love, Janis was published by Acid Test Productions. My parents bought this for me because I would always flip through her biographies at the library. This is not the only Janis Joplin biography I own.

    The McCartney/Lennon books in the middle were part of a huge White Album phase that I’m pretty sure every 16-year-old goes through. I think I was also reading Helter Skelter at the time.

    Chuck Palahniuk! I loved his books. That is because I was misunderstood you know. For my 17th birthday my parents brought me to the KGB bar in the exotic Greenwich Village to see him read. My parents still talk about that night all the time and how every single person was smoking in the bar and they were the oldest people there and I was the youngest. We went out to dinner afterward and the waiter served me wine without asking if I wanted some and I learned what is is to be drunk.

    I read Nickel and Dimed because I found it in our basement. I think my brother had it because he was reading it in college (college! how grown-up!) There are two events in my life that I look back on and say, “Oh that is when I started to give a shit.” One was September 11. The other was reading this book.

    And then there is the beginning of my love for Jeffrey Eugenides. This one was given to me by a high school boyfriend who wrote, “Erin - Please don’t kill yourself. You’re too pretty” in the inside cover. I was definitely still a virgin.

    I bought the script for The Royal Tenenbaums but I’m not sure why I felt I needed it since I could recite the entire movie by heart anyway.

    Ethan Frome. Not much to say about this one except that it was the very first book I can remember reading for school and actually enjoying.

    That, my book friends, is a special look into the literary tastes of my 16-year-old self.

    More bookshelves! More of the time!

  2. morerobots:

tough choices and i’m missing some favorites (as in, don’t own them) so substitutions were made. #idealbookshelf
all in all though, these are definitely books that changed my life, sorta

More ideal bookshelves!

    morerobots:

    tough choices and i’m missing some favorites (as in, don’t own them) so substitutions were made. #idealbookshelf

    all in all though, these are definitely books that changed my life, sorta

    More ideal bookshelves!

  3. thelifeguardlibrarian:

That’s a fun and challenging game. @idealbookshelf #myidealbookshelf

Another ideal bookshelf from my dear Kate!

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    That’s a fun and challenging game. @idealbookshelf #myidealbookshelf

    Another ideal bookshelf from my dear Kate!

  4. mapmakerscolors:

libraryjournal:

What better way to learn about the people who make up your internet world than through their favorite books? What is your Ideal Bookshelf? Tell us!

All right, I’ll bite. In no particular order:
Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
Tanuja Desai Hidier, Born Confused
Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep
Willa Cather, My Antonia
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom
Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems 1927-1979

    mapmakerscolors:

    libraryjournal:

    What better way to learn about the people who make up your internet world than through their favorite books? What is your Ideal Bookshelf? Tell us!

    All right, I’ll bite. In no particular order:

    • Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
    • Tanuja Desai Hidier, Born Confused
    • Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep
    • Willa Cather, My Antonia
    • Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
    • Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
    • Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
    • Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
    • William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom
    • Elizabeth Bishop, The Complete Poems 1927-1979

    (Source: mollitudo)

  5. mollitudo:

A totally unauthoritative, noncommittal attempt at an ideal bookshelf. (The 10 book limit is, indeed, cruel, and I am bound by what I have around the house. Many of my favorite books I borrowed somewhere or other.)
Books that made it to the longlist (i.e., were physically extracted from my shelves) but not the final 10 are Don Quixote, an Oxford edition of the Metamorphoses, War and Peace (a book that was both companion and pillow for 5 weeks of traveling), the Sinclair translation of the Inferno (it’s spine unmarked; the copy I read during two mostly solo weeks in Spain was borrowed from my study abroad program), As You Like It (my first Shakespeare play), a water (and tear) stained ARC of Tiny Beautiful Things, Hugh Kenner’s Ulysses, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
One thing I am pleased with is how utterly I have annihilated all of these spines. All were given a work out. Other notably obliterated books in on my shelves are Ulysses (the other one), The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina, Wuthering Heights, Persuasion, Polybius.

What better way to learn about the people who make up your internet world than through their favorite books? What is your Ideal Bookshelf? Tell us!

    mollitudo:

    A totally unauthoritative, noncommittal attempt at an ideal bookshelf. (The 10 book limit is, indeed, cruel, and I am bound by what I have around the house. Many of my favorite books I borrowed somewhere or other.)

    Books that made it to the longlist (i.e., were physically extracted from my shelves) but not the final 10 are Don Quixote, an Oxford edition of the Metamorphoses, War and Peace (a book that was both companion and pillow for 5 weeks of traveling), the Sinclair translation of the Inferno (it’s spine unmarked; the copy I read during two mostly solo weeks in Spain was borrowed from my study abroad program), As You Like It (my first Shakespeare play), a water (and tear) stained ARC of Tiny Beautiful Things, Hugh Kenner’s UlyssesHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

    One thing I am pleased with is how utterly I have annihilated all of these spines. All were given a work out. Other notably obliterated books in on my shelves are Ulysses (the other one), The Brothers KaramazovAnna Karenina, Wuthering Heights, Persuasion, Polybius.

    What better way to learn about the people who make up your internet world than through their favorite books? What is your Ideal Bookshelf? Tell us!