Twitter Users Are Showing Off Their Bookshelves And It’s Really Rather Wholesome

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor


The #ShowUsYourShelves campaign invites you to show off your own personal library.

Well, we’ve all got to find a way to keep ourselves entertained during these hours of self-isolation, and a lot of us are turning to reading or spring cleaning for answers. Some, however, have found a way to combine the two, and they’ve been flaunting them in a lovely little Twitter campaign that started from HQ Stories, a branch of publishing house Harper Collins. (Featured image: Abigail Fenton, via Twitter)

From there, it’s grown into a smorgasbord of delights for literature lovers, who can gaze at what is essentially book porn. Book porn which, I might add, that I am entirely here for!

Dividing lines are quickly appearing, however. First, there are those who submit to the rigid alphabetising of their books – a situation we’ll classify as “lawful good”.

The daring amongst us, however, have opted for an aesthetic colour-coded display (and somewhat surprisingly for a staunch alphabetiser like myself, there are a lot of these people). What it lacks in organisation, it makes up for in flair, hence this is “chaotic good”.

Then there are those operating wholly outside the law. This, of course, is “chaotic evil”.

That one is giving me an unstoppable urge to organise, to tidy, to generally make better, I’m afraid to say. Still, it’s a fun campaign to jump all over at the moment, and it doesn’t much matter if you lack the books, either. Look what these creative people have been up to…

And whilst an immaculately curated bookshelf may be (extremely) enticing…

…I think we can all agree that the best possible kind of bookshelf is one with the maximum possible space for more books!

Share yours on Twitter using #ShowUsYourShelves, and let’s put a little literary joy out in the world – and don’t forget to tag any creative WFH setups or isolation-induced shenanigans with #MySecretLondon too!

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