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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!)

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Jul 20 2011

A Book By Any Other Name…

by Joseph M

When you see a book at the library or bookstore and want to know more about it, do you ever wish you could get beyond the vague summaries and overenthusiastic blurbs on the cover jacket and find out what the story is *really* about? If so, Better Book Titles may be right up your alley. Here’s a description from the website: This blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image. Now you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!

Featured books include classics, modern best-sellers, and children’s books. While I would take issue with a few of the proposed title revisions, I found the majority of entries to be clever and amusing, and hopefully you will too!

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