What books would you paint on a staircase?

Here’s a fun thought experiment for your Tuesday…

Recently, my mom texted me the picture above and asked, “If you were going to paint a 13-step staircase in your home, what books would YOU include?” 

After great and labored consideration, here is my list (although I feel like it could change tomorrow–or maybe even in 10 minutes!):

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Christy by Catherine Marshall
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Which 13 books would YOU choose??? Please indulge me and leave your answers below. I so love finding out what books resonate with people (especially enough that they would paint the spines of said books on their staircase!!).

*Photo and idea found here.


13 thoughts on “What books would you paint on a staircase?

  1. Oh my goodness I LOVE this idea😍 they look so beautiful! I’m going to pin this for later if we happen to have stairs in our apartment one day 🙊

  2. Here’s my list (in no particular order): 1.Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell, 2. Exodus, Leon Uris, 3. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, 4. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 5. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 6. Little Women, Louise May Alcott, 7. Tales of the South Pacific, James A. Michener, 8. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, 9. Night, Elie Wiesel, 10. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria Augusta Trapp, 11. How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill, 12. The Far Pavilions, m.m.kaye, 13. The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Albom. And I would probably have a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare sitting on the steps.

  3. Such a great idea! I would have use surely some of my favorites ever, such as Madame Bovary, Tender is the night,Weekend in Paris and In search of lost time.

  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is one of my fave books. And Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. khm but I have never think about this though this idea is amazing. 🙂 I would have to think about this. 😀

  5. Wow, now I’m wishing we had stairs!! Mine are…
    Persuasion by Jane Austen
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    Much ado about Nothing by William Shakespeare
    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
    Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
    A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
    Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
    Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
    A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

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