Heard of ‘Selfies’? The Next Big Thing: ‘Bookshelfies’

Heard of ‘Selfies’? The Next Big Thing: ‘Bookshelfies’

We’ve all done it: that photo of you and your mate/partner/a stranger in front of some famous place/object/person which you take by extending your arms as far as they go and using your smartphone to snap a quick photo for posterity or whatever.

Well, that’s passé, now, overtaken by a new trend discovered on Tumblr this week: basically “pictures of people in front of their bookcases, providing a little blurb about the books they have”. It’s called a ‘bookshelfie’, and you can see my favorite example above, posted by one russellquinn.

This is what he had to say about his photo:

“I’ve no idea why we all have to wear sunglasses.”
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
A Moment In The Sun by John Sayles
The Instructions by Adam Levin
Black Hole by Charles Burns

I was going to make my own, then realised I’d have to tidy up my shelves — and make sure none of the books are embarrassing, of course — maybe I’ll do that later.

You can check out the page and submit your own on the Tumblr site here, or even better, submit yours in the comments below.

Dean Fetzer

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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Renda Belle Dodge's picture
Renda Belle Dodge from Seattle, WA is reading The Call of Cthulhu August 22, 2013 - 9:18am

That copy of Infinite Jest is beat the hell up. 

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts August 22, 2013 - 10:10am

I've been using #shelfie on Twitter for a couple months for just shots of my current reads. I'm pretty sure they stole it from me, the snakes.

Robert Ferrigno - HORSE LATITUDES

TRANSGRESSIONS ed. by Ed McBain

Philip Roth - THE COUNTERLIFE

Stephen Graham Jones - LEDFEATHER

Frank Bill - DONNYBROOK

Courtney Angela Brkic - STILLNESS

Chuck Palahniuk - HAUNTED

Donald E. Westlake - BANK SHOT

Junot Diaz - THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER

Max Barry - COMPANY

Don DeLillo - THE ANGEL ESMERALDA

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PrivateRiot from Milwaukee is reading Lots of books by Chuck. August 22, 2013 - 11:30pm

That copy of Infinite Jest is strategically placed.  Sorry folks, all I gots is da'cliff notes.  Maybe a coloring book or two. 

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JYH from the place is reading the thing August 23, 2013 - 12:02am

What should be next?

How about #sexlibris?

(Too late. Apparently something happened in Italy on the 17th of June, 2012.)

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Randy Martin August 23, 2013 - 9:44pm

Here's a "shelfie" in honor of Stephen Graham Jones.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=642226805796595&set=a.1003729766...