What’s on My Bookshelf: Spice Stack Challenge


Do you follow any bookstagram accounts? I’m always so inspired by the beautifully curated photographs and encouraged to actually make the time to read more often by the book accounts I follow. I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a separate account but let’s face it, I don’t have enough time to manage any more social channels and I don’t read nearly enough to come up with content for yet another Instagram. My friend Hannah recently launched her Bookstagram account and shared the #spicestackchallenge that The Bookcase Beauty started. For the challenge, you’re supposed to pick spice colored books from your collection and weigh in on whether you’re team Pumpkin Spice or Apple Cinnamon. I typically don’t eat anything with cinnamon or nutmeg which cuts out most desserts for me. My only exception to that rule is Indian food! I still thought it would be a fun opportunity to dig through our library (and spend a little time in an underutilized room of our house… affectionately known as the “cat room” instead of our library/office/studio) and pick out a few of my favorite red, orange, and yellow-spined books. I’m a huge fan of Penguin Random House publishers so it wasn’t hard to pick a few books from our collection that fit the color scheme. Probably a third of our books have orange spines!

Enough chatting, here are the books I picked for my #spicestackchallenge:

  1. Bossypants by Tina Fey

  2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

  3. Ways of Seeing by John Berger

  4. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

  5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

  6. Drawing for Architecture by Léon Krier

  7. The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler

I feel like this selection of books is very representative of my interests and the genres I enjoy reading. I try to balance novels with a little autobiographical humor and non-fiction books about art history or planning with the classics. It’s fun to push yourself to read genres outside of your comfort zone as an adult! If you haven’t read these books, add them to your list. They’ll make you laugh, cry, and think.

Right now I’m listening to Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky in an effort to catch up on my 2019 Goodreads Challenge! What’s on your bookshelf?