Pinterest has been hailed as a playground for the visual– for photography, art, and fashion. However, I’d like to claim a corner of it for literature. If you’re surfing the ‘net late at night, meander your way through several of these boards, or consider starting one of your own:
- Goodreads. If you haven’t been on the website Goodreads, it’s a social book review site that recommends books for you based on your reading history. Their Pinterest site offer such categories as “Can’t Wait Fiction,” “Can’t Wait Nonfiction,” and “Books Moving and Shaking.” It’s a great way to discover new titles, recommended by Goodreads users numbering in the millions.
- One author, Jennifer Cruise, is keeping a Pinterest board for the fictional protagonist in her upcoming mystery novel. She’s pinning the character’s apartment, her favourite things, even her panties!
- Scholastic Books has a fantastic collection of all things book-related. One can peruse photos of unique bookshelves, bookshops, vintage book covers, and book art. Scholastic even has dedicated boards to young-adult icons such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Babysitter’s Club.
- The only Pinterest user that tops Scholastic for book boards, in my opinion, is Random House Publishing. Random House’s collection tantalizes a book-lover’s fancy: Literary Tattoos, Literary Weddings, Books that Made Us Cry, Banned Books, and Favourite Book Quotes.
Whether you’re pinning to your own page or simply looking in from the outside, I encourage you to take a brief look at an ancient art through a modern lens. You never know what you could find, like collection of typography moustaches.