An Opinion on Styling a Bookshelf

Bookshelf from B @ H http://bliss-athome.com/2015/01/26/grasscloth/
Love the styling of this bookshelf from B @ H
http://bliss-athome.com/2015/01/26/grasscloth/
I have been an avid reader since I was a very young girl. I have those fond memories, like so many other avid readers, of going to the local library with my mom, cloth book bags in hand, getting a stack of books. I regularly attend book festivals (LOVE the Nantucket Book Festival) or author engagements. (In RI, Robin Kall puts together marvelous author events.) I'm in a terrific book club, Reading Between the Wines, and contrary to our husbands' quips, we do discuss the books. I'm also an English as a Second Language Teacher and a Reading Specialist. I work with high school students. I do not teach them to learn to read (i.e., decoding/phonics), but rather I teach them how to read to learn (i.e., comprehension strategies). I am also a book snob. If I don't see books in a person's home or apartment, I immediately notice. Are they strictly E-readers? I wonder. Do they check their books out from the library and keep them by their bedside? or Are they simply non-readers? (Gasp!) Therefore, I feel compelled to comment on the use of books for decorative purposes only in styling bookshelves as...distasteful.
Book spine facing inward-what?! (From The DIY Playbook Blog)
Book spine facing inward(From The DIY Playbook Blog)
Don't get me wrong. I appreciate the styled book shelf at right. I love the gals (Bridget & Casey) behind the blog The DIY Playbook. I think their ideas are creative and their blog fantastic. I am not a hater. I just don't understand the concept of displaying books with the spine (i.e., the title) hidden.
www.thediyplaybook.com
www.thediyplaybook.com
Covered Books by April Foster.blogspot.com
Covered Books by April Foster.blogspot.com
I also do not like the idea of covering books in decorative paper. Okay, I love the look of the map-covered books at right creatively displayed by April Foster on her blog. Her aesthetic matches my own. However, as an avid reader, why would you do this?
From www.allthingsthrifty.com
From www.allthingsthrifty.com
You have no idea what is under the paper, you have no intention of sharing your books with others, you cannot derive the pleasure of seeing the title of a book that you read and loved, and taking a moment and basking in the memory of that experience. So as I rework my own messy, chaotic bookshelf, I do want to practice the art of styling it a bit; however, I still want, no NEED, to see the titles of the books. They are my prized possessions. They contain my journeys,  my memories, my friends, and so much more. Next post, I will share my attempt to re-style my bookshelves. Currently my shelves look like this:
Creative Whimzy book shelf
Creative Whimzy book shelf
bookcase 3

2 thoughts on “An Opinion on Styling a Bookshelf

  1. Here’s an idea. Why not paint the backs of your bookshelves with Matte black chalkboard paint? This will give you a look similar to the first picture you show in the blog!

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