Having spent some time working in school libraries and public libraries that cater to children, I have a question I get asked often: “where are your purple books?” Or red, or green, or brown. Often a child remembers what color the book was but doesn’t remember what the title was, where they found it, or what it was about. It’s not surprising, really, when you think about what our brains register and how memory works. Those whatever for Dummies books are so easy to spot because of their canary yellow covers along with distinctive images such as the white hands and the red apple on the Twilight cover. I love how the Meg Cabot section of my middle school’s library is just varied shades of bright and sweet pastel pinks.
Which leads me to this beautiful image of someone’s home library. I can’t help but wonder if the person who owns this collection goes shopping for a particular color when at Barnes & Noble. You know, my turquoise green shelf is looking a little paltry. I did notice an Evanovich (a blue cover, 12 Sharp) on one of the shelves against the east wall, which says something about the owners taste in light reading. Full of suspense, mystery, comedy, and female empowerment, Evanovich writes about a spunky bounty-hunter in New Jersey named Stephanie Plum. I also just spotted Water for Elephants in the red section of the shelving which was an amazing emotional read. I for one can appreciate buying a book for aesthetic reasons. If I want to read something, I check it out from the library (unless I really can’t get my hands on a copy), but if it’s a beautiful book that you want to enjoy reading again and again along with the way it looks on your bookcase, you should just purchase the thing. Especially if you happen to remember content better by associating them with color, it’s gorgeous and could even be practical for a small collection.