Have you ever wondered what it would be like if bookshelves or even books could actually talk to each other, maybe even to us?! (Besides the words written on their pages of course.) What would they say? How would their conversations go? (Yes… this is what goes on in my mind.) Think about it. Think about all the knowledge, history, fun, laughter, tears, life and love live on those shelves.
Here is just a small snippet of how I see things going.
Parenting & Pregnancy is placed somewhat near Children’s. Coincidence? I think not. One of the Pregnancy shelves sees all the disarray in the Childrens section, looks over at Romance and says “You know this is all your fault!” They both look over at Young Adult and see what is to come in the future and hear, “Gosh, look at him, what a Potter head. Oh yeah, check out Fangirl over there.”
I’d like to think this all goes on after the doors are shut on the bookshops after hours at night, but you know this probably isn’t true. All this goes on while we are there browsing but in a voice or language that is inaudible to human ears. You know Sci-fi loves this. They’re over there gloating, “Ha! Silly humans, can’t even hear what we’re saying. Clearly we’re in a completely different realm.”
Cooking is over having a chat with Health & Fitness, “You’ve got to try my new cheesecake recipe, it is to die for!” “You know I can’t do that! Summer is coming soon and I’ve just started this new diet.” “Suit yourself, more for me. Enjoy your kale!”
Then there’s Poetry…
“Upon my shelves lie some of the best.
We are far superior than all of the rest.”
Horror does not take kindly to this and viciously glances over. “Careful Poetry… might want to keep one eye open when you’re sleeping. MUHAHAHAHA.”
Fashion and Photography seem to be ignoring all of this, “A little to the left, a little more, PERFECT! That’s it, that’s the shot!” “Does this shelf make my spine look big? How’s the lighting? I want to make sure my title looks perfect. Do you think I should be faced?”
History is chatting (debating) with Fiction, “If you only knew what we’ve actually lived through, you try, but you have no idea.”
Antiquarian chimes in, “Nice try History, but in our day we didn’t have fancy dust jackets or covers.” They call over to Childrens, “Hey kids, come check this out.” “Woooaaah, look at that marbling.” (Antiquarian glances back at History) “How’s THAT for history.”
True Crime is often very quiet, they’re just trying to be on their best behavior in hopes to get chosen and move on to their page turning parole.
Then there’s Travel, Travel is just in a constant state of excitement. “Where are we going? Where do you want to go? Pick me! Pick me! I’ll show you the best places, just you wait and see. It’ll be amazing.”
I won’t even get started with the argument going on between Religion and Science.
And all the while Self-Improvement is always trying to keep the peace and positivity. “You’ve got this! We’ve all got this! Just be yourselves and they’re going to love you! I promise. Here, here are some steps to help you out if you need them.”
All this and many MANY more. So next time you’re browsing your favorite bookshop, I hope you think of the fun conversations those shelves and books are having.