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Queer Eye for the Book Guy Gives a Single Guy a New Shelf Life 

Book Studio 16 went Live last week with a fun, sassy, and bookish Queer Eye for the Book Guy: Book Shelf Makeover. The subject was Chris Connolly – a straight single guy who lives in a 10X10 apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 


Here he is in front of his actual bookshelf which he built himself out of pipes from his dad’s hardware store. 


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 Chris gladly agreed to be our makeover subject and lugged his books, old photos, snake plant, and knick knacks all the way from Brooklyn to the HarperCollins Lower Manhattan offices where he works. We got to work quickly by rearranging the shelves in a more favorable fashion— making space through grouping books together visually by their different genres. 


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Chris loves science fiction, and he had one shelf space devoted to his favorite scifi. He is also a fan of filmmaker David Lynch, and we gave his special photo book its own space on the shelf. We even put him in a great new linen shirt! He is much happier with his new shelf life and makeover. 



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Thanks to our partners at Anthropologie; we were able to use a few select items such as a small globe, candles, and decorative boxes to complete the look. 


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If you have any bookshelf ideas for us please send them to Book Studio 16 on our Facebook page and share the Facebook Live so all of your friends can get the best advice for making their shelves spectacularly well read. 

Here is a list of some of the books we featured:

Future Home of the Living God by Louis Erdrich

November Road by Lou Berney 

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough 

Creative Quest by Questlove 

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxanne Gay 

Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins 

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor 

Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

BOSH! by Ian Theasby and Henry David Firth

Visualizing The Beatles by John Pring and Rob Thomas

Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino

That’s What She Said by Joanne Lipman

We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

The World According to Star Wars by Cass R. Sustein


Here are seven tips and tricks to turn your shelf from sad to glad:

1. Arrange books horizontally or vertically by genre and size

2. Don’t overstuff your bookshelf

3. Rotate books out seasonally

4. Give away extra books to charities like Housing Works

5. Display books for purposes of conversation starters

6. For paperbacks, use bookends

7. Place accent pieces next to books or on top of books for visual variety 


Check out the full episode below! 





All In-Text Images Via HarperCollins | Featured Image Via Netflix