Anna Quindlen on bookshelves—home to an infinite number of worlds

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
— Anna Quindlen

Love that quote from The New York Times Opinion by author and journalist Anna Quindlen—maybe you’ve seen it? Two things though:

1.     Is there really such a thing as ‘enough’ bookshelves?
2.    The line that follows the quote is even better, I think. Here it is:

"That would give them an infinite number of worlds in which to wander, and an entry to the real world, too; in the same way two strangers can settle down for a companionable gab over baseball seasons past and present, so it is often possible to connect with someone over a passion for books."

That’s the whole point of a bulging bookcase—or two—don’t you think? The infinite number of worlds, connections, passion. That’s why I want my family to be on an endless search for bookshelf space: to open their minds so they can relate to people they’ve never met, and so they can share that connection with me and open my mind too.

You can read the rest of Quindlen’s article about loving reading and sharing that love here. And if you’d like to read more by her or add to your bookshelves, you might like to try these:

We've linked the books to Book Depository—they have free postage anywhere in the world and great pricing—but Amazon might be cheaper for North American readers.