Backwards Bookshelves… Why??

Have you heard about the latest trend? Backwards bookshelves. It’s where you take your lovely books and turn them around so the spine doesn’t show.

Some proponents of the idea say it’s “simple” and “clean” and “beautiful.”

I say it doesn’t make sense.

I’m a practical person. I like using items for the purpose for which they were intended. I sit in chairs. I eat with forks. And I read books.

I’m not saying these items can never be used in a decorative or interesting way. But turning books backwards seems to relegate them solely to a decorative purpose. And that makes my heart sad.

The whole reason I love my bookshelves is so that my books are displayed and I can find what I want. When I’m not sure what I want to read, I browse the shelves, looking at the interesting spines with their multitude of shapes, colors, and the continuum of wear.

Turning them the other way washes out their individuality. Each book could be the same as the one beside it.

Decorator trends are best left in magazines.

I’m going to keep my books right side out.

Would you ever do this?

6 comments on “Backwards Bookshelves… Why??

  1. What a ridiculous idea. You obviously couldn’t tell most books from each other, so what’s the point of even having them? How would you select one to read? Besides, depending on the age of the book, coupled with the quality of the paper said book is printed on, the colors wouldn’t even be uniform, so wouldn’t that spoil the decorative look you were trying to achieve?

  2. scr4pl80 says:

    I’ve heard of another one where you wrap all the books in paper so you can’t tell what they are. It’s supposed to make a game of which one you read next. Waste of time and paper if you ask me. Turning them backwards? Some people have too much time on their hands!

  3. Ramona Mead says:

    I’ve never heard of this new trend. It seems to defeat the purpose of putting books on shelves.

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