I am in South Africa at the moment with a super busy week of teaching on my plate. I had no plans to write a post, but noticed this little tidbit in the Guardian, and couldn’t resist. Apparently, there is a new fad going around (by that I mean in places I don’t normally navigate like Instagram and Pinterest) which involves shelving your books with the spines facing backwards, in order to maintain a neutral colour scheme. For your enlightenment, a photo:
You can’t make this stuff up!
The article, with the fantastic title, “Shelf effacement: how not to organise your bookshelves”, notes:
“Back in October, design blog Apartment Therapy shared one of these backwards bookshelves on its Instagram account, with advice for emulating the look. (“Books don’t match your decor? Don’t fret … Flip them for a perfectly coordinated look.”) US morning show Today called it “a beautiful thing to try”, and, naturally, it’s all over Pinterest.”
Perhaps I am the last person on earth to have seen this trend (alas, I have failed at Trends R Us), but surely this is a scam perpetrated by a blogger on a slow news day? This is so ridiculous I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
News alert: There is no single prettier thing to have in a room than a bookshelf filled with a riot of books. (Dare I say it? Even a bookcase full of YARN cannot match up to it. That’s how much I believe this!) Who needs order and bland beige-ness when one can have disorder and colour and BOOKS!
The whole joy of a bookshelf is in reading the titles (hopefully followed by reading the books). What do they say about the owner? How many fantastic conversations can you start by examining the shelves? How can you make a rainy day lovely? Will you discover a kindred spirit? How can we make your heart go pitter-pat and your fingers start to tingle just by the proximity to the lovely written word? And, far more importantly, what little treasures are there just waiting for you to read, or at the very least, drool over (figuratively, of course)?
And now, rant over, we return you to your regularly scheduled entertainment. Tune in again soon for some knitting news (guaranteed to not match your colour scheme).