Sometimes we read for edification, sometimes pleasure and sometimes for inspiration. Here at quarterlane we’re, dare I say it, obsessed with finding out what what books inspire the people that inspire us.
I feel sheepish typing my own name into the subject line but when Elizabeth asked me to take a snap for #theqlnightstand, how could I resist? My nightstand is pretty small so I use this case from Book/Shop on the dresser nearby it to hold my “on deck” reading list. Fun fact, Erik Heywood the owner of Book/Shop shared the cases with me for my New York Public Library: A Mother is a Story book display last spring.
I am always in the midst of a few books. Some are solely for visual inspiration and others edification and enjoyment. For fiction, I’m reading my friend Emma Straub’s book Modern Lovers and am about to start Lily King’s Euphoria. On deck is: Haruki Murakami 1Q84, and a re-read of my absolute favorite Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath. For non-fiction I am re-reading one of my favorite books of all time Worn Stories. For visual inspiration I am reading The Finer Things by Christiane Lemieux (I illustrated it and it’s in our popular Aesthete box) and a collection of Andy Warhol’s fashion illustrations. For edification I’m re-reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up because my closet got messy again
Elizabeth asked me to share my night-time ritual. So here goes, once the kids are asleep, my husband and I watch a show (we’re loving The Crown). Next we straighten up the livingroom (pick up toys!) and then wash up for bed. Last we curl up with our books.
It is really hard for me to answer Elizabeth’s next question, who is my literary hero? I illustrated 50 heroines in my first book Well-Read Women (that’s also in the Winter Box!). They were all inspiring to me for their efforts to navigate obstacles. I would have to choose Anne Shirley for her positive attitude and ability to see beauty in the world.
To me the best thing about books is how they magically transport you out of your own experience.