Bookshelfies Are Selfies for Lit Snobs

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If a picture is a worth a thousand words, a new trend of Tumblr selfies is certainly speaking volumes. Hispters, book snobs, and all genres of literary narcissists are putting their self-portraits to scholarly use in the new photo blog, bookshelfies.

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In bookshlefies, users combine their love of the written word with their love of their own reflection by posting self-portraits in front of book shelves. The novels on the shelves, intentionally up close and legible, are listed below so other viewers can click, compare, and maybe even pick up a copy for themselves.

While the bookshelfies tumblr is hardly a page-turner (the infant blog only has one page at this point), we could easily see this becoming the new trend on selfie-centric social media outlets like Instagram, Facebook, and whatever the nerd equivalent of Tinder is.

But before you jump on this new chapter of Internet selfies, just remember: Even though we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, doesn't mean we're going to stop judging you.

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I stopped using tinder a few weeks ago… too many douches for my liking lol... not that many bookshelf selfies though fortunately. My coworker showed me and I’m a big fan of that over the others in terms of actually meeting people vs. just entertainment. It has a different approach that feels less sketchy cause you and your friends essentially act as “wingmen”. I like that it helps you find things to do too. Skout’s okay too, but still has it’s fair share of creepers

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I could see posting my shelf of Elmore Leonard books this week, but don't know that I'd feel the need to appear in the photo with them.


No more narcissistic than foodies posting photos of their latest creation or tattoo lovers posting pictures of their latest tat.  The cell phone camera - the narcissistic gift that keeps on giving.


Ohh so we're literary snobs for actually reading in a society where most people would rather be brainwashed by watching TV or Movies? Wow that's great thank you New Times. Damn has the New Times gone to shit or what?

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