My Ideal Bookshelf

I’m a voracious reader. Or at least I always was growing up, and now I am when I have time. Growing up, I observed the Jewish Sabbath, so I couldn’t use electricity or drive on Saturday. We used to read (“AND READ and READ, and then proceed to READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks! One half their lives was reading books!!” That’s a quote from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that I memorized in 3rd grade.) Now, I kill off a book during every airplane flight or road trip.

Last week, I received an email from one of my daughters’ teachers about how to build your ideal bookshelf – and it starts with looking at the books you already love! To create your ideal bookshelf, list books which have inspired you, books which have helped you, etc. Here is the list suggested in the email:

My favorite book: City of Ember, Born to Run, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Jitterbug Perfume, Alice’s Adventures Underground, Peter Pan

Book that changed my life: As a child, “Monster at the end of this book“, because it was the first book I could read by myself. Later, The Annotated Alice (oh, books about books tell us so much more!)

The book I read again and again: Superfudge, Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, Born to Run, The Time Travelers Wife, Alice’s Adventures Underground

The book I love the most: Alice’s Adventures Underground

The book that made me who I am: The Old Testament, The Book of Esther

The best book I ever read: Alice’s Adventures Underground

The book that makes me cry every time: The Time Travelers Wife

** and I’m adding two of my own**

The next 2 books I hope to read soon: The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms and Steve Jobs

A book I wish I hadn’t read: Jodi Picoult’s “The Tenth Circle“. Parts of the book put visions in my mind that I won’t ever be able to get rid of and wish I never had. That’s why I’m scared to read “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.

Now do you know why my daughter’s names are Alice and Wendy?

On Beyond Books…

I’ve been talking a lot about barre fitness class lately. That’s because I have been taking a lot of barre fitness classes lately, so it’s on my mind. On Monday, I had time for 2 classes in the morning because it was MLK Day. I always describe the class as “muscle burn”, and on the way home Pink’s song “Try” came on the radio, and these lyrics stuck with me:

“Just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die. You’ve gotta get up and try try try. Gotta get up and try try try.”

Those lyrics relate to fitness SO much, but I’m sure they relate to focusing on many things you are passionate about in life.


And before I sign off, here is some food porn

Chick Advisor featured 2 recipes I probably shouldn’t try, but probably will on some vacation day in the future. The article was about food that tastes better in mugs, and these were the 2 that sounded best:


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I have not read this book. Does anyone recommend it?