What books constitute your ideal bookshelf? It’s a question they asked at the local independent bookstore, where they also provided this template for you to create your own.

The exercise is inspired by Thesslay LaForce’s book My Ideal Bookshelf, a collection of ideal bookshelves of leading cultural figures. The responses to the reflection – even which categories you choose, let alone the individual books — speak volumes about the person and can be a fun exercise for you to ponder.

Examples of books to put on your “shelf” include: the book I never finished, a book that makes me laugh out loud, my childhood favorite, the best book I ever read, a book that makes me laugh out loud, the book that makes me look smart, the book I would grab if the house was burning, the book that gives me happy tears, the book that made me who I am, the book that changed my life, the book I read again and again, a book my best friend gave me or an unforgettable book. Or you can just follow the template which allows readers free reign to pick the “ten titles you can’t live without.”

If you’re an avid reader, choosing one per category or ten titles overall can be a challenging task, but a fun one too as you reconsider all the treasures that have crossed your path. This weekend, instead of curling up with a good book, think about using a template and some colored pencils to create your ideal bookshelf instead. Then share it with others at #idealbookshelf for a fascinating read in itself.


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