Breaking the Shelfie Optic

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I have a confession: I wince when fellow authors post their shelfies—photos of their glorious bookshelves, filled top to bottom with volumes of literary treasures. Not because I hate seeing them but because my own shelfie would be appallingly, even embarrassingly, lacking.

I love books. I love buying them. I love reading them. I especially love writing them. What I don’t particularly like is keeping them. Before you pull the nearest book from your shelf and notionally throw it at me for this seemingly antithetical view as an author, allow me to post a defense. And in so doing, I hope to set at ease others who shy away from shelfie posts because they, too, do not hold on to their books.

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