Tag: bookshelves

Five Ways to Level Up Your Bookshelf

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.

 

 

5. Globes

 

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.

 

Deco 79 Traditional Wood, Metal, and Plastic Decorative Globe, 14''H,9''W, Multicolored Finish

 

This globe will make you look WISE. Worldly. Plus if you forget which countries are adjacent to which, there’s your answer.

 

 

Images via Amazon 

 

 

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Can You Resist Bookstores? No? Then These Memes Are For You!

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

 

Image via Meme

 

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

Image via An Intentional Life

 

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.

 

 

Ancient wisdom

 

Image via MemeCenter

 

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

 

Image via Pintrest

 

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…

 

Image via Meme

 

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?

 

Image via Me.me

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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Backwards Books

This Trend Has Books and Book Lovers Flipping Out

Nowadays, social media is all about the visuals, which can be good or bad. I think Instagram is great in that you can see crystal clear pictures of anywhere in the world that you can’t easily visit. On the other hand, people tend to go out of their way to create something that’s deemed visually or aesthetically pleasing. This could mean succumbing to what’s generally ‘in.’

 

However, following a trend isn’t necessarily bad, sometimes its a good thing. As for the one you’re about to see, well, we’ll let you decide that one.

 

On Instagram, where life plays out in squares, there’s a hashtag going around about books and it’s a bit random. #Backwardsbooks has made its way onto the ‘gram and people are getting mad. Many decor, home, and apartment sites have been displaying it. What’s the hype? People are rearranging their bookshelves so that the plain inners of the book face outwards rather than the distinct and colorful spine. It’s supposed to be a more modern and aesthetic way of displaying your books. Kinda like these pics:
 
 
Backwards books

Image Via Flavorwire

 

 

 

 

Backwards books

Image Via Pinterest

 

I mean, I totally understand that it looks nice and the yellowed, aged pages look earthy, worn, and minimalistic. Plus, it’s more neutral than covers of every color. But at the same time, there’s so much to be said against it. For one, you won’t be able to find a book you’d like to reread. If you have visitors, you’ll be less likely to discuss common reads. Also, they’ll just learn less about you.

 

By showing the inners, we are taking away from the books by making them a piece of decor. At the same time, it’s a little silly to show off the covers of all your books just to appear literary on social media. All things considered, though, I’d still take the old-fashioned way.

 

I try to see both sides of everything, but my idea is this: Having your book spines facing out isn’t showy at all, it’s just what we’ve done with social media that’s made it out to seem that way. So if you’re in on this slightly impractical trend because you like the look of it, then go ahead. But don’t just do it for the ‘gram.   

 

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Bookshelf slanted

Welcome to the Home That Was Designed Around a Bookshelf

These Japanese homeowners are so committed to their books that they designed their entire house around keeping them safe. Their enormous wall-to-wall bookshelf is specifically engineered to withstand earthquakes.

 

Slanted wall

Image Via Shinsuke Fujii

 

The bookshelf leans inward, so if an earthquake shakes things up, it won’t shake the books off. It’s a simple idea, but it’s a quirky request for your architect. The homeowners asked for an earthquake-proof bookshelf specifically. The architects at Shinsuke Fujii then had to design the Yokohama City house around this request. The firm stated, “By setting the walls [at a slant], it also expands the space [of the] living room.”

 

This is kind of funny too. The bookshelf is so enormous that you would ordinarily need a ladder to reach the top. However, it’s slanted just enough that you can simply climb up the lower shelves. Not only does that tidy things up, it also surely makes readers feel a bit like adventurers.

 

Slanted booksehlf

Image Via Shinsuke Fujii Architects

 

Because the bookshelf had to be built on a slant, the entire outside of the house looks like it’s lurching over. The homeowners probably have a pretty good sense of humor, or at least some seriously quirky sensibilities. From the outside it looks like the house was designed by some architects with a truly unique vision. But, really, it just looks that way because there’s an earthquake-proof bookshelf inside. Can you even comprehend the degree to which these people love their books?

 

Slanted house

Image Via Shinsuke Fujii Architects

 

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