Ever since I came across the Guardian’s The world’s 10 best bookshops article years ago, I’ve been slightly obsessed with amazing bookstores and libraries. Whenever I’m going on a trip, I immediately search for all the bookstores and libraries I want to visit while I’m there. And I’m not too proud to admit that some trips were taken just to be able to visit a certain bookish destination. Living the bookish life over here! (If you’re wondering what these places are, I’ve made a list in Google Maps!)
From the very beginning in 2013, I knew I wanted to commemorate those visits in a certain way and started collecting the bags of the places I visited. I’d frame them and hang them on a very nerdy wall. I absolutely loved my wall, but I encountered some problems along the way. What do I frame when I visited a library? Or a bookcon? I hadn’t thought about the places that didn’t provide any shopping bags and they couldn’t be added to my wall…
Fast forward to 2018 when I moved to my own house with a dedicated library. My framed shopping bags moved with me, but I wasn’t feeling it anymore as I had so many bookish destinations that couldn’t be added. I really had to figure out a new way to show all the bookish places I visited. Something that could also be done with libraries. But what?
The answer came to me in a flash of brilliance. I always take a photo of my currently reading for my Instagram account and I try to make every photo as different as possible (which isn’t an easy task). So, finding myself on a business trip to Paris with about one hour of downtime, I made a quick stop at the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore to gaze at the awesomeness and took one of my currently reading photos.
I can take those currently reading photos everywhere I want so nothing is stopping me to promote them to my new way of commemorating bookish visits. So from now on, every amazing bookstore, library or event that I do, will be featured on my bookshelves together with the book that traveled with me. I hope that in due time, my library will be littered with these print-outs. I may run out of space at a certain point, but that’s a bridge I will cross when I get there.
What do you think of my new way of remembering all the bookish places I visited? Do you have a way to do this? Let me know in the comments!