This summer, I have been thinking of embarking on a reading quest that I would call The Shelfie Project. It took a while for me to get the courage to proceed. By the time I had, it turns out, I was not the only one with the idea. The ARTnews has begun their own Shelfie Project in which art world celebs take pictures of themselves with their bookshelves as an inspiration for summer reading. Read more about this here.
At first I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll just get on the bandwagon. After all, I do have a shelfie already.’ But my Shelfie Project is a very different animal. You see, I have a lot of books in my apartment. A LOT of books. I estimate that there are at least 1200 books here, probably more, since many of the shelves are double stacked. When people come over, they often ask, “have you read all these books?” I wish I could say yes, but I can’t. I have read a lot of them. I have read at least some of all of them–with the notable exception of recent purchases. But I began to wonder what it would be like to say “Yes.”
That’s when I came up with the idea for The Shelfie Project, or at least MY idea for A Shelfie Project. What if I took a shelfie every so often and then read through each book on that shelf, posting as I go along, until I really have read every book in the apartment?
It would be cool, but could I really do it? I think it’s possible. I don’t know how long it would take. Since I have a job, it’s not like I’ll get through one a day. I could justifiably write about but not read in their entirety reference books, textbooks, or large anthologies. And I suppose it would be easy enough to skim through the ones I have already read in order to write about them. Then there are those trips to Half Price Books where I always find something to add to the collection. I would definitely have to try to control myself in that area.
This may be a fools errand, but I think it will be fun. I’ll post a picture of the tier I’m starting on and then get into the first book on that tier. I will also add each book to my Goodreads account. Maybe I should change the name of my little endeavor since ARTnews is already using it. What do you think? The Shelfie Saga? ShelfieQuest?