Being the in-the-know hepcat that I am, I’ve become aware of certain perverse trends in personal, at-home book shelving. Seething in indignation about them is a fun, but lonely, pastime, so I’ve included the most egregious examples below for your consideration.
This is the groovy, backward facing style favored by faux-minimalists who never actually want to find a book. I do not approve. These paperbacks look like they’ve never been read. This would not work at all with my aged, splayed-out, disgusting paperbacks, even if I could stomach the wretched and conceited aesthetic of it or the complete lack of utility. Image credit
Color-coded! How very fun and decorative! Bah. Why do you have so many colorful books? You are not a serious person. Image credit: Book Riot
But this one may be my favorite love-to-hate idea:
“Wrap your books in pretty paper for a unified look.” Dear me. This is designed for book-owning people who never read and who regard books as any other decorative object, subject to whimsical prettification. Oh my, no. Image credit
My own bookshelves? A disgrace. How do you do bookshelves?