Category Archives: Bookshelf

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I’m down on my knees, begging you please not to do this to your bookshelf

How many takes will it take to kill the backwards bookshelves trend? 

I don’t know. But that won’t stop me from tryin’.

#Backwardsbooks is a recently reemerged design trend where books are flipped to hide their colorful spines. The effect is neutral and monochromatic and, I guess, pleasing to the minimalistic Crate and Barrel elite. 

It’s also violently boring and offensive to traditional bookshelf design values — principles my living room was built on.

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The backwards bookshelf fad first emerged sometime in 2009. At the time, it was believed to a reactionary movement against the growing and equally heinous “organize by color” bookshelf aesthetic.  Read more…

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The 12 Days of Christmas can last all year thanks to these Cratejoy deals

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On the 12th Day of Christmas my true love sent to me: an email confirming my subscription to a year of cute stickers. 

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Sure, that doesn’t have the same ring to it, but that’s not stopping Cratejoy from busting out their 12 Days of Giving campaign. The subscription box hub is in the midst of a promotion that gives you a 25% discount on a different subscription each day. 

When you think about it, a subscription box is actually a really great gift. That way, the joy of opening presents is no longer confined to just one day. You get to spread your excitement out over the whole year. If they really love the subscription, you can just keep renewing it every year. Read more…

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Super scary audiobooks that will totally freak you out

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Calling all horror fanatics: Do you miss telling ghost stories at childhood sleepovers or summer camp? Because same.

Though you can stream scary movies or shows, nothing quite compares to hearing the story in an eerie voice and letting your brain come up with creepy-crawly imagery.

If Halloween is your time to shine but sexy cop costumes aren’t your thing, you can still satisfy your spooky cravings with this list of the scariest audiobooks out there. More convenient than a movie and more exciting than the radio, these ghastly tales are guaranteed to send chills down your spine.  Read more…

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Infinity book store looks like an endless tunnel of books


Imagine an infinite row of books as far as your eye can see.

This bookstore and library in Yangzhou, eastern China, has transformed its space into an endless space of books, with some clever mirror trickery.

SEE ALSO: Amazon’s new bookstore isn’t actually a bookstore. Please stop calling it a bookstore.

Zhongshuge, which roughly translates to Bell Book Loft, is part of a chain of bookstores with two other locations in Shanghai and Hangzhou. 

Its interior was designed by Shanghai studio XL-Muse Architects, which took inspiration from Yangzhou’s famous waterways and stone bridges that were referenced by Chinese classical poets, like Li Bai, who lived in the 8th century, and Du Mu, from the 9th century. Read more…

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