Gorgeous Bookshelves + A Book To Add To Yours

After finding the hilarious/envy-inducing blog Bookshelf Porn, I’m deeply regretting my decision to get rid of a lot of my books when we moved recently.  My husband had convinced me that we didn’t need a library and that books, themselves, were on their way out.  In a fit of moving-induced clear-your-life-of-as-much-stuff-as-possible-itis, I listened to him and donated them.  Ugh.  Whhhhhyyyyyy?

Luckily, I’ve added some great new books to my shelves recently.  One, in particular, has blown my mind and left me thinking about it days after I finished it.  Don’t you love when that happens?

Actually, I’m going to keep talking (writing) and hope you follow me here, but I know that I’m a book-lover to a degree that not everyone is.  That’s okay.  Even if you don’t fall into that category, you should still read this book.  It’s that good.

My favorite books talk not only about individuals (characters or real-life people), but also about life and the human condition.  The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe did just that, and it left me with a lot of life lessons buzzing in my head that I’m hoping I remember and remember to live by.

The End of Your Life Book Club is the true story of the bookclub-for-two that the author began with his mother, Mary Anne Schwalbe, after she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 75.  Mary Anne was, by all accounts, an incredible woman, having served as the Admissions Director for Harvard and Radcliffe and later founded a refugee organization that sent her around the world helping refugees in some of the world’s most dangerous places.  The book does an amazing job describing what made Mary Anne tick and what her son learned from her (as did I, and my guess is many other readers will as well).

There is simply no way for me to do justice to the book with my own words, other than to tell you to read it.  It’s such a great concept, that it almost surprises me that that book hadn’t been written before.  But I’m so glad that Will wrote the book about his mother, because her lessons are such valuable ones.  I think you’ll love it.  If you read it, please let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend!




  • I related so much to what happened to you with the books you donated…The same happened to me with many designer clothes and shoes I gave away at a similar stage of clear-your-life-of-as-much-stuff-as-possible when my boyfriend moved in!!!


    • Alexandra

      I’m so glad I’m not alone!! The feeling of missing your things so much is why I err on the side of being a pack rat. 😉 I’m sure you’ll find wonderful things to replace your old ones with. And we’ll both know to be more careful next time.

  • I just ordered this book to read on vacation! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

    • Alexandra

      Have you read it yet, Callie? I’d love to know what you thought!