Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Stairs

A couple of days ago, my friend and fellow blogger Pop Culture Nerd posted this photo on Facebook and asked what books we would paint on our stairs if we could do this. So I started thinking about it.

I have 15 steps that could be painted like this (if I removed the carpet). They go up 11 with a small landing and then another four that turn to the right. So the step I'd highlight the most would be the top of the first 11. You'd probably even be able to see it standing at my front door. That being the "Step of Honor" would go to L.A. Requiem (Robert Crais).

After that I'd have 14 other steps. Here are the books I'd include on them:

1.)  A Prayer for Owen Meaney (John Irving)
2.)  The Lords of Discipline (Pat Conroy)
3.)  To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4.)  Hamlet (Shakespeare)
5.)  The Ridge (Michael Koryta)
6.)  The Inferno (Dante) - No really! It had a huge impact on me in college
7.)  The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
8.)  The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Beverly Cleary)
9.)  Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)
10.) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
11.) Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
12.) You're Next (Gregg Hurwitz)
13.) Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane)
14.) The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams)

I'm nothing if not eclectic, right? I'm sure as soon as I hit the post button on this I'll think of something I should have included. What I need to do is marry a painter, and then he could change the stairs about once a year or so and I could always keep them updated, right? 

But for now, I'll have to settle for the carpet that's probably older than I am. A girl can always dream...

What would be on YOUR stairs?


gspotsylvania August 21, 2012 at 7:38 AM  

I must go count my stairs and think. I want to go chronolgically too. I also want to keep my carpet. But Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is one step. A Little Princess in another. The Egypt Game, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Power of One, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is another.....Good thing I have stairs up to the attic, down to the basement AND from the first level to the second in my house!

rhapsodyinbooks August 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM  

Such a fun question, and definitely a necessity to marry a painter! However, since I want my next husband to be an electrician, this could cause problems. But you know, a painter who could do detailing and stenciling and all that might even be better than an electrician! :--)

Jen August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM  

Jill! I think we just need Renaissance men!! They need to be able to do it all, right?

Lynette barfield August 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM  

James Rollins posted a picture of Robert Crais garage door (think it was his) with the door full of books. I get mail from James & also updates through Goodreads. If you can find it , it is well worth the search.

Jen August 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM  

Hi Lynette,

Yes, I actually posted that photo to my Facebook page back when RC first shared the picture on FB. It's actually not his garage door, just one he saw while out walking in LA. It's at the home of a former LA Times book reviewer who actually commissioned the mural. The mural's artist is Don Gray, you can see his work here

Beth Hoffman August 21, 2012 at 9:47 PM  

I love the idea of these stairs!

Here are a few I'd be sure to include right away:

A Gracious Plenty (Sheri Reynolds)
The Prince of Tides (Pat Conroy)
A Christmas Memory (Truman Capote)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Mama Makes Up Her Mind (Bailey White)
The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)
Illusions (Richard Bach)
Roxanna Slade (Reynolds Price)

Naomi Johnson August 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

I like your eclectic mix. These would be possible candidates for my 20 steps:
1. LA Requiem (what a surprise, eh?)
2. David Copperfield
3. The Big Sleep
4. Where the Sidewalk Ends
5. Fairy Tales - I know it's fashionable to prefer the darker Grimm Bros' tales, but I grew up with the Andersen versions, so I'd go with old Hans C.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird
7. The Talisman Ring (my favorite Heyer)
8. Ship of the Line (CS Forester, my favorite of his Hornblower series)
9. Print the Legend (Craig McDonald)
10. Cinnabar, the One O'Clock Fox (Marguerite Henry)
11. My Uncle Oswald (Roald Dahl)
12. The Stand (Stephen King)
13. Neuromancer (William Gibson)
14. The Outsiders (SE Hinton)
15. The Naval History of Great Britain (William James)
16. The Bigger They Come (AA Fair)
17. The Princess Bride (Wm Goldman)
18. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (Richard Bach)
19. The Tin-Roof Blowdown (James Lee Burke)
20. The Caretaker of Lorne Field (Dave Zeltserman)

Pop Culture Nerd August 22, 2012 at 3:38 PM  

No CUCKOO'S NEST, Jen? I know. You could probably fill up several flights of stairs with your favorite books.

My imaginary stairs would include LAR, THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, some Calvin & Hobbes titles, Joan Aiken's BLACKHEARTS IN BATTERSEA, some Tintin titles, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, and DOUBLE INDEMNITY.

Jen August 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM  

PCN, I think it's scary that you know me this well! Are you sure we weren't separated at birth? LOL Cuckoo's Nest was the one I begrudgingly took off the list...maybe I could add another step and make the second level of my house just a wee bit higher. :-)

Thanks everyone. These lists are great!! I love them.

Elizabeth August 23, 2012 at 8:16 AM  

I love this photo.

I can think of a few I would put on my steps:

1.Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon

2.The Forgotten Garden Kate Morton

3.The House of Serenades Lina Simoni

4.The Island House Posie Graeme-Evans

5.The Kitchen House Kathleen Grissom

6.Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweeet Jamie Ford

7.One Thousand White Women Jim Fergus

8.Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

9.The Tenth Gift Jane Johnson

10.The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield

11.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

12.Water for Elephants Sara Gruen

THANKS for this wonderful post.

I am glad I found you on the Partners in Crime Host List. I am on the list as well.

Silver's Reviews

TStevens September 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM  

My father-in-law just did this to his stairs last week; and he used books he at the house as inspiration. So all seven of the Harry Potter's made it on the stairs.

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