People on the internet love bookshelves. Pinterest is riddled with shots of libraries, offices, and homes lined with them; Instagram users coined the term to refer to the ubiquitous shared portrait of one's own shelf. But, though the denizens of the interwebs like to double tap a perfectly-organized built-in, there is also some evidence that plenty of those people, apparently....don't read.
I have a theory that the reason we find bookshelves so appealing is that they're the perfect intersection of form and function: A necessary storage space for any avid reader that also—especially when chock full—serves as a point of visual interest. Keeping that first point in mind, dear reader, tell me why absolutely any literate human under the sun would ever store books like so:
What is this madness? This is not "creative." This is not "neutral." This is a waste of both good books and good shelf space, not to mention an invitation for mockery from any houseguest with a brain.
Oh, and it gets worse; this "trend" isn't just for minimalists, apparently. There's a colorful version of the practice, too, which involves covering your books with paper in various hues, an absolutely ridiculous project. I'm all for not judging a book by its cover, but I'd argue this is taking the old axiom a bit too literally.
Just picture the conversations in these households: "Hey, hun, where's my copy of The Catcher in the Rye?"
"Well I think it's orange and about 6" by 4" so it must be—oh wait, no....hm, not that one either. Maybe it was pink, actually? Oh, nope...I found Gone Girl; can you read that instead?"
If that has you rolling your eyes, just wait! There's a third, perhaps even more offensive affront to literature that I've observed in home decor of late. Among the dozens of design services on offer out in the big, bad world, there are outfits who will, I kid you not, sell you historic books by the foot.
Want to look like the intellectual type who gobbles up Shakespeare and historical biographies but only have the attention span for a Netflix special? You're in luck: With a few clicks of the mouse, you can purchase, on a number of sites, vintage leather-bound books, neither priced nor organized according to title, but rather square footage. Some even allow you to specify the condition, so if you really want to convince your friends you've thumbed through that threadbare copy of The Iliad countless times, you can! Or, you know, you could just...start reading.
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