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23 Bookcases To Lust Over — & Copy Immediately

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We hold great admiration for those who carefully catalog their personal libraries by the Dewey Decimal system. But, it can be freeing — and artistically interesting — to organize your books into shapes and structures instead. 

Reorganization is therapeutic and an easy way to change a room's perspective without spending a dime. Spines in or spines out, vertical or horizontal, gradient or colorblocked — the options for creating levels and layered configurations of books are endless.

Ahead, we found 23 inspirational Instagrams taken in stores, homes, and even libraries, all of which have us aching to take our shelfies to the next level.


Take an organizing cue from the Swedes with these front-facing stacks on stacks.

Here, the paperbacks play background to a tiny army.

If you're feeling the natural vibe, flip around all your spines for a season.

Save space and perch lamps inside your shelf.

Try a vertical mix of spines facing in and out.

Having a few books facing out adds texture.

Consider colorblocking by room.

Who needs a bookcase when you can craft a pyramid atop a table?

Take a lesson from this bookstore.

Add a strange objet — or three.

Alternate shelves with books and treasures, like the vintage cameras here.

All in the (color) family.

Floating shelves can make a dramatic statement.

Work around the architecture and keep vintage covers all grouped together.

When looking for a lived-in-home vibe, it's all about the comfortable lean.

If you have super-high ceilings, you might as well recreate the library from Beauty and the Beast.

There's nothing more soothing than a shelf full of books in earthy (and watery) tones.

See how many books you read in a year by turning around the spine each time you finish one.

Or, you could only collect neon books and set them up like dominos...?

Give each book its own cubby for some alone time.

That long, awkward hallway now has a purpose.

Show your love for authors from sea to shining sea.

High-up shelves are dramatic and just in reach.



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agoddess4lyfe
2727 days ago
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Love love love!
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Nina Dobrev Is Leaving The Vampire Diaries! Read Her Heartfelt Message to Fans

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Just months after her onscreen brother, Steven R. McQueen, left The Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev has announced that she too is leaving the show. This is a huge shocker, given that Dobrev has been the leading lady for six seasons, and The Vampire Diaries has already been renewed for next season. seasons. Does this mean that the series show is jumping the shark, or can Dobrev's colleagues step up to make the show even better? What will become of Elena? And who will Stefan and Damon fight over now? Hopefully we'll be able to see Dobrev in The Final Girls, a horror-comedy that debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival, when it gets a US U.S. release date. For now, take comfort in her words to fans below. We'll miss you, Elena.

Dearest TVD Family, I've just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn't just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena's story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there's still so much more to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I'll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever. There's more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you'll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert's life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her -- and to my work family -- as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend's pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for 'that Twilight TV show.' ;-) I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what's coming, you don't. Love, Nina

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agoddess4lyfe
2727 days ago
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Seriously?!?!
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On Judging

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“Gobble a lot of fiction very quickly and you soon find yourself suffering from the literary equivalent of a food intolerance. Oh no, you think, not another novel about X or Y. At these moments, only one thing keeps you going: the faint hope that the book in question might turn out to be the greatest novel ever written about X or Y.” Rachel Cooke writes for The Guardian about reading 80 books in four months and the process of judging the Folio prize.

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agoddess4lyfe
2731 days ago
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Oh that is so what I went through last year and why I hit a reading rut. Too many books too fast and I was left with mostly disappointment as I tried to find the next book that I couldn't put down and was continually let down instead.
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Authorization

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Before you say anything, no, I know not to leave my computer sitting out logged in to all my accounts. I have it set up so after a few minutes of inactivity it automatically switches to my brother's.
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agoddess4lyfe
3447 days ago
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agcornejo
3429 days ago
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Lol
Snellville, Georgia
redknightalex
3436 days ago
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Or one could practice physical security as well as digital security. Around this time of year, every student's laptop is stolen.
Northeastern US
waxis
3443 days ago
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Let's hear it for sandboxing!
Arizona
oliverzip
3444 days ago
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Sigh. And I felt so secure.
Sydney, Balmain, Hornsby.
beslayed
3446 days ago
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//
ktgeek
3446 days ago
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Once again, xkcd gives me a great comic for security presentations...
Bartlett, IL
pdp68
3447 days ago
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Heh
Belgium
bogorad
3447 days ago
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+acda: please do enlighten me how one's gonna hijack my active SSL-session that's on a laptop that auto-locks when my face is not visible through its webcam? :)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
gmuslera
3447 days ago
Someone sends you a PDF exploiting an acrobat vulnerability (to put an example of making someone's else code run as your user), that takes out your browser cookies/sessions/whatever (or just install a keylogger), and sent them to someones else email. Not being admin/root don't enable them to modify the system in ways that your plain user can't, but can do everything else.
bogorad
3447 days ago
I don't use adobe's PDF software ;)
GrimMeeper
3446 days ago
so maybe I get a picture of you?
acksed
3446 days ago
They don't. They call your bank after cracking the weak password on your email account for the details, reading your FB page for your birthdate, phone number, relatives and location/address, then authorise a bank transfer.
tedder
3447 days ago
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my brother sent this to me this morning.
Uranus
shamgar_bn
3447 days ago
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love this...
Wake Forest, North Carolina
jobiasrkd
3447 days ago
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But video card drivers are serious business!
Edmonton, Canada
deezil
3447 days ago
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Ha!
Shelbyville, Kentucky
norb
3447 days ago
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hahaha
clmbs.oh
dianaschnuth
3447 days ago
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Ain't that the truth.
Toledo OH
sfringer
3447 days ago
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Always a great viewpoint on serious topics!
North Carolina USA
adamgurri
3447 days ago
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welp
New York, NY
acdha
3447 days ago
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Lovely example of why so much security advice is rearranging the proverbial deck chairs. The model for the future is privilege separation within an account – a la Apple's sand boxing – but even that is woefully inadequate until, say, compromising your browser on your favorite l0lcat site doesn't let an attacker reuse your banking credentials.
Washington, DC
petrilli
3447 days ago
The problem is that at some point, everything depends on a single lynchpin of security. For example, I use approximately 5,000 different passwords, but they're all stored in a single repository that's protected with a very long pass phrase. But, compromise the phrase, or the encryption protocol itself, and BOOM, all for not. Unfortunately, diffuse security risks are difficult to achieve in practice if your goal is ease-of-use. There's a freaking Nobel prize in there somewhere.
skarlso
3442 days ago
@petrilli the problem is that you are storing them in one place :-) either distribute to multiple location or store them in you head. I have a powerful mnemonic to store my 100+ passwords in my head. Hopefuly that can't be cracked. Yet.
manuelp
3447 days ago
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Clever as usual :D
Universe
Dowser
3447 days ago
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Huvudet på spiken, igen.
Trosa, Sweden
stavrosg
3447 days ago
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...
Rodos, Greece
bobdvb
3447 days ago
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One I think Linus would sympathise with I think!
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popular
3447 days ago
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One I think Linus would sympathise with I think!
thebassman
3447 days ago
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Too funny, yet so true.
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
growler
3447 days ago
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eggzactly
bogorad
3447 days ago
truecrypt + auto-lock should be mandatory
acdha
3447 days ago
bogorad: I'm trying to tell whether you missed the point or are joking. TrueCrypt, FileVault, etc. are good ideas for physical security but they don't help when an active session is compromised, which is by far the dominant threat these days.