I love this staircase. I want a staircase that I can do this to:
However, after staring at this picture for hours, I can’t decide what titles I would want to put there.
- Should you go with classics so your friends are impressed?
- Should you choose your favorite books so that you smile a ton whenever you look at the bookcase?
- Should you stick to a genre or niche?
Which would you choose?
I feel like classics are the easiest, because there are so many that us nerds have been forced to read. I know Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte would be on my classic book-staircase, along with Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Does Agatha Christie count as classic yet? Because I’d love to throw her in the mix, too.
I would probably have the most fun with favorites, but it leaves one open to so much judgement. My case would have Kurt Vonnegut (I can’t decide if I would choose Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, or Mother Night because I love them all), Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice, something from Shel Silverstein, The Princess Bride by William Goldman (if you’ve only seen the movie, you are missing out: check out the book), and probably a bunch of autobiographies by comedians (Kathy Griffin, John Leguizamo, etc). I’m also loving Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury… but I haven’t finished it yet. Actually, I’m such a nerdy bibliophile that I would probably change a stair every time I completed a book.
If I chose a genre or a niche, I would absolutely do theater! I would have something from Oscar Wilde, Christopher Durang, Sarah Ruhl, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler… oh I feel like I could go on and on mixing classic and modern pieces.
In all honesty though, for me, I would never be happy with a staircase that didn’t include both Vonnegut and Wilde. I hate Wilde’s prose (I have been struggling with Dorian Grey for like a year now) and I hate Vonnegut’s play (don’t waste your time on Happy Birthday, Wanda June! Seriously, it’s pretty terrible). I’d probably have the weirdest mix, but it would make me happy (and probably confuse everyone else).
What would you choose: classics, favorites, a niche/genre, or a weird mix? Which books would you most want to include?