Do you like looking at other people’s bookshelves?
Er. Yes. Next question.
Seriously, I can’t walk past a bookshelf without looking at it. I’d get stuck a lot more often in my own house if my bookcase wasn’t behind the door in the main room.
London being unsociably large and most of my friends still living in share houses, which means that their books are usually tucked away in their bedrooms rather than in communal space, deprives me of regular opportunities to booksnoop. However, I take every opportunity that I can! And it’s not just physical bookshelves that are ripe for inspecting – sites like Shelfari, Librarything and Goodreads enable me to snoop virtually.
It’s not just the book contents that I love inspecting either. How do you think that sites like Bookshelfporn come to be? Claire at The Captive Reader runs a weekly Library Lust item. Entire groups are devoted to sharing photos of bookshelves on Librarything.
Let me ask a question: how can you not like looking at other people’s bookshelves?