your ideal bookshelf


What would your ideal bookshelf look like? Jane Mount captures your “ideal bookshelf” on canvas as a way to immortalize your all-time favorites or perhaps just your favorites right now. I would love to do something like this for Baby M… and update it every few years. If you’re not up for commissioning your own work, you can always grab the 20×200 version of someone else’s ideal bookshelf as well.


A few books on my shelf (to name off-hand): The Little Bug that went Ka-Choo, Runaway Mouse, Pride and Prejudice, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Much Ado about Nothing, Bleak House, A Separate Peace, John Adams, High Fidelity…


What would be on your ideal bookshelf?



  • EP

    Ok, I am thoroughly intrigued. I am going to to have to do this for my father for his birthday or Christmas…I adore this idea. Since he gave up most of his actual books (he’s a library guy), this will be a wonderful way to immortalize his absolute favorite books.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Tamara

    I looove these. Or at least, I saw something similar on a blog that escapes me, I didn’t realize you could commission personalized works. I’m such a book nerd… My ideal bookshelf would include:

    -Zen Shorts – A super amazing kids book btw for when Baby M gets a little bigger.
    – Midnight’s Children (Rushdie)
    – Kafka on the Shore and Norwegian Wood (Murakami)
    – The Lying Days (Nadine Gordimer)
    – The Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing)
    – A Personal Matter (Kenzaburo Oe)
    – The Weetzie Bat books (Francesca Lia Bloc)
    – A house for Mr. Biswas (VS Naipaul)
    – And my old journals.. if that’s not too weird!

  • Catherine

    I love this. I don’t know what would be on my shelf but off the top of my head I’d say The Little Prince, Half the Sky, Holidays on Ice, Suite Française, Botany of Desire and any of the harry Potter books.