What a strange title for a blog post, right? Well, I recently had a look at my bookshelves, and I realised that something was bothering me. I couldn’t quite figure out what it was, until I looked at my TBR pile.
Now, you should know that the books I have read are arranged on my shelves vertically – you know, the typical way. But on my TBR shelf, the books lie on top of each other. This wouldn’t be important, if it hadn’t helped me understand what was bothering me about my shelves: GERMAN SPINES ARE UPSIDE DOWN.
If you only read in English you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. But as someone who reads in two languages, this is possibly the strangest thing I’ve ever noticed about books.
Have a look at this part of my TBR.
Do you see it? There is one book, called Noir, which is upside down. I didn’t do that on purpose. The books are all lying there in the exact same way – cover facing upwards. But GERMAN BOOKS APPARENTLY LIKE TO BE WEIRD. What kind of design is that? It’s not just that one book either – I had a good look at all my German books when I noticed what the problem was, and they’re all like that. Why? WHY? It’s weird, right? Please tell me it’s weird. I can’t be the only one bothered by this.
Imagine the publishing people meeting up and discussing this.
“So … umm … we have to decide which way to write the text on the spine.”
“Hmm. It doesn’t really matter, does it? Once you put the books on a shelf, no one will care.”
“Uh … okay. I mean, technically -“
“Shut up, Frank.”
“But when the cover faces upwards-“
“I said shut up, Frank.”
But you know what’s even funnier to me? English and German spines are different, but at least they’re consistent in their design. Spanish and Italian books, on the other hand, have no system whatsoever. My parents are Italian and we live in Spain, so our library at home is pretty diverse – and the Italian and Spanish publishers apparently do whatever the hell they want. Some spines face this way, others face that way. If you don’t look closely it doesn’t really matter, but MAN. Once you do, your bookshelves start to look SO WEIRD. EVERYTHING IS UPSIDE DOWN.
I’m not crazy, am I? I am pretty sure that English spines all face the same way. Same goes for German ones. Or do I just own books that were all designed similarly? This is honestly driving me nuts. CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME PLEASE?
I mean look at this shit.
If you want the text on the spine to be readable you have to lay the book down so that it ends up with the blurb facing up. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?
Can someone PLEASE have a look at their bookshelves and tell me that I’m not imagining things? I feel like I am being really dramatic but I AM SO CONFUSED.
I’m gonna stop talking now and try to completely ignore how weird my bookshelves look. I hope you guys are having a wonderful day and that I didn’t just ruin it.
‘Till next time and happy reading!