So, if you want yet another reason to dedicate your whole day (if you can) to reading, then consider this argument for all of the books in your “To Be Read” pile collecting dust on your shelves…
There are a lot of amazing ideas out there for how to organize your bookshelves, from the controversy and the minimalism of facing your books spine in, to the confusing technicolor glory of arranging by color, I think I’m the only one still alphabetizing. However you organize your books, though, there area few things you can add to make your shelves even prettier.
1. Decorative Book Ends
Add a splash of color to your shelves with this purple agate and gold covering. Heavy enough to hold up your hardbacks, and pretty enough to make you want to replace your simple steel ones.
On the other hand, if your books are colorful enough already, or you’re going for a monochrome look, try these lion book ends. Griffindor pride?
A few of these bookends can lend life and cohesion, and have a wonderful antique feel, like a library in a victorian manor.
2. Decorative Lights
Fairy lights are classic, and no one’s hating, but here are a few other options for bookshelf lamps, like this moon lamp. All moon lamps are good moon lamps, but this one actually hovers.
Alternatively, if space isn’t your thing, try this open book lamp for all your book viewing needs.
And it changes colors! Perfect for on top of your bookshelves or next to your books, or really anywhere you need some light in your life.
3. Antique Clocks
Ever lose track of time while reading? It’s caused a lot of problems for me. Avoid this foible by adding this antique clock to your bookshelf.
Sure, you could use a normal clock, but this clock makes your shelf seem like a library and not just a pile. It looks so official.
4. Bookmark Organizers
Bookmarks always going everywhere? Solve all of life’s problems (or like, most of them) with this book shaped caddie.
I know there’s shelf controversy, but how do we sort our bookmarks? Discuss.
A globe is great if you need to fill some space on top of shelves, or if your bookshelves are absolutely massive. Plus, and you might be sensing a theme, this one looks antique and fun.
This globe will make you look WISE. Worldly. Plus if you forget which countries are adjacent to which, there’s your answer.
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To complete the bookshelves in her newly renovated L.A. home, Gwyneth Paltrow hired Thatcher Wine to curate and beautify her library.
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Wine is well-known in the design world for having founded Juniper Books. Since 2001, Juniper Books has focused on sourcing rare and out-of-print books to complete book lovers’ libraries. A few years after founding Juniper Books, Wine started creating stylized book sets that look as good on the shelf as they feel in your hands.
My invention for the book jacket means that someone can have the complete works of Jane Austen, but in a certain Pantone chip color that matches the rest of the room or with a custom image. People have invested in how their home looks: They chose the cabinets, the carpets, the paint, and the window coverings. Why settle for books that a publisher designed? Books can have as much style as anything else in the room.
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When asked about what exactly he chose to complete Paltrow’s bookshelf, Wine said:
I looked at books she already owned, which focused on fashion, art, culture, photography, and architecture, as well as books that her kids liked. We expanded on those topics, and for the kids, we included a selection of classics that we thought they might like as they got older.
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Would you ever consider doing something like this for your library? We can’t all be Gwyneth Paltrow, but everyone can find new ways to express themselves through their bookshelves. Check out some more of Thatcher Wine’s beautiful bookish designs from Juniper Books!
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We’re all book nerds here, so I’m sure I’m in good company. The only thing I love more than a good meme is a good bookstore. Why not combine the two? If you, like me, can’t control yourself in a bookstore, these memes are for you.
The best invite
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Yes. Yes I do. Also I have zero chill. Any self control I may usually use is just gone. Maybe I’m the only one, but if I even pass a bookstore in the street I have to be gently steered away, or sometimes physically dragged. The pure glee on her face really says it all. And those are good friends right there.
I know all I need to
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All books are queens, and you know it. Sure, I can spend eight plus hours just looking around, but do I need to? I already want them all. The only limit is how many books I can physically take home on the subway, and even that barrier doesn’t get a lot of respect. Sure, I’m sorry by the time I get home, but when I’m deciding, no one can stop me.
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Sure, it’s three pm on a Tuesday, and I’m drinking bubble tea, but I think I still look mysterious and wise. The books are used. That means they’re old and dramatic, regardless of the particular facts. I may not have the mysterious potion or the rocking beard, but I’m not going to let that stop me.
I’ve put a lot of thought in, and decided
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Now you may ask, when are you going to read them? Where are they going to go in your apartment? These minor logistics aren’t my concern right now. I’ve read the backs, and I’ve decided the best book in the store is all of them. At once. Right now. No, I don’t take criticism.
Nothing can stop me accept…
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As long as I have blood plasma to sell, I have book money, but unfortunately most shops won’t take it directly. It’s dangerous to even go in, why did no one warn me? You did, and I ugly cried in the street until you caved? Agree to disagree. But I will be back.
Ready to investigate?
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These bookstores think they’re so clever. And they are. I mean, are those even mystery books? We don’t know. We’ll likely never know. Unless someone wants to go full Sherlock Holmes and get into the truth of this. Volunteers, please send an owl posthaste.
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Stand by for a warm and fuzzy feeling.
It has often been said, by those who enjoy a good book, that we live inside of our soft and hardcover friends. Such a notion has never held more validity than it does for the lucky residents of an anonymous building in Utrecht, Netherlands. The aesthetically pleasing surprise comes courtesy of illustrious street artist Jan Is De Man and tattoo artist Deef Freed‘s handy-work.
The owners of this building, who love a good read, asked their delineating friend, Jan Is De Man to deface—or rather reface their previously boring structure. De Man took it upon himself to ask local residents to suggest book titles he could include in his creation; his goal was to create something that reflected a culturally-diverse community in unison (without offending of course: no trigger-happy literature). The result is a mural displaying a wide variety of books which includes literature spanning eight different languages. Unfortunately, I will not provide a list of those books in this article—feel free to pinch and zoom at your leisure.
“We’ve noticed that this project brought people together without pushing it,” said De Man, “they met each other through books. Regardless of the differences in cultures, regardless of the differences in political point of views. Regardless of being extreme right or extreme left. Books are magical. They tickle your brain. And everyone can read the same book, but feel something different.”
De Man’s friend, who also lives in the building, had wanted the artist to paint a mural on his home for some time; however, De Man’s original plan was not of the literary variety. Being a huge fan of Forest Gump (I can only assume), De Man wanted to paint a huge smiley face on the building. Typically, when people see a smile, their moods are naturally lifted. After studying the shape of the building, it dawned on De Man that smiles are provoked by all sorts of things—therein lies the idea of a bookcase. A structure that’s functionality most closely resembles that of a community, a family, a hug, a home.
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