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Oct 10 2012

Share Your Shelf

by Jesse M

What does your bookshelf say about you? According to Peter Knox, creator of the tumblr Share Your Shelf and author of a recent Guardian article on the subject,

Your bookshelf is an intimate physical representation of your accomplishments (titles as trophies earned), aspirations (that ever growing to-read pile), associations (that book your boss gave to each employee), personal development (those self-help titles that urged you to talk to strangers), guilty pleasures (50 shades of beach reads), escapes (sci-fi to some, travelogues to others), memories (meeting that author, visiting that indie shop on vacation), [and] interests (the bigger the Star Wars fan, the more Star Wars books)…And that’s just the ingredients – how you organise, arrange, and display these titles should impart even more insight as to a reader’s personality.

As Knox says, “sharing your shelf is sharing yourself”, and he created Share Your Shelf to provide a forum for people to do just that. Launched just last month, the blog has already received hundreds of submissions, proving that there is definitely an appetite for this literary variety of show and tell. Go here to submit your own (and feel free to leave a link in our comments so other DCPL readers can see what you have on your shelf!)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Leigh P. October 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Oh my goodness…so impossible! I just finished cataloging my to-be-read books for a little side project and on my SEVEN shelves and numerous piles around the house and in the Reading Room closet (yes, we have a dedicated room for reading), I have 313 unread books, not including reference/keepers and the 200+ on my Nook.

Peter Knox October 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Thanks Jesse for the mention! Hope to see some shelves from the Dekalb Library soon!

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