bookshelves in my future bookstore, part 1


Books You Read as a Child But Are Afraid to Read Again In Case They’re Not as Good Now
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
A Voice from the Border by Pamela Smith Hill
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Past and Future Vehicles for Anne Hathaway
One Day by David Nicholls
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
A story from Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny

Past and Future Vehicles for Keira Knightley
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Girl in the Dark by Anna Lindsay
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Just Start Crying Now 
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Falling to Earth by Kate Southwood
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Van Auken

That Book Everyone Tells You You’ll Love But You Don’t Really
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Can’t and Won’t: Stories by Lydia Davis
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Secret History by Donna Tartt








  1. mom

    What a fun post!

    How about “Books You Read As A Child And Can’t Believe They Are Even Better As An Adult”?
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Number the Stars
    Across Five Aprils

    And “Books I Found As An Adult and Wished I’d Read Sooner”?
    Jane Eyre
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    Tale of Two Cities

  2. Lan | morestomach

    in the first category, may i add To Kill a Mockingbird? i’m currently reading it again, after having loved it since the FIFTH GRADE and it’s not charming to me. maybe because of the disparity and imbalance i still see in this country, maybe because i’m mad there’s another harper lee book out there and atticus is supposedly not painted in a very appealing light.
    also. i finished judy blume’s latest book. when i finished it i wondered why ever read any judy blume book, but i’m afraid to open up Are Your There God, It’s My Margaret or Forever to find if i can find that magic again.

  3. Andrea

    I totally agree with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I would add this shelf: All-time favorites that I recommend without hesitation: Cutting for Stone, Little Bee, All the Light We Cannot See, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

  4. katie

    lovely post!

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