Though you may be terrified to admit it, we all have deep, dirty secrets we’d rather not share with others … No, not those! I’m talking about book shaming, the latest way to reveal things you might have denied otherwise. What started as a way for librarians to confess their naughtiest book sins is now a way for everyone else to get those literary-related secrets off their chests. Here’s how you can contribute to the newest way to share the fact that yes, you are nerd enough to admit your book shames:
1. Write down your secret:
This is the hardest part, often because there are just so many! Did you never return a library book, but say you did? Or get orange Cheetos all over a friends favorite book, then blame it on someone else? What about those times you said you read a book, but lied? Now is your chance to let those secrets out. Putting pen to paper here is very cathartic – your literary side will feel much better afterwards.
2. Place the paper in front of your face:
What makes this even better? Anonymity! Telling these secrets without having to show your face means you can really dig deep. It’s guilt-free, and much like secretly reading those books with titles you would rather not share with others, no one has to know.
3. Take a photo:
This is the easiest part, and pretty self-explanatory: once the paper with your secret written on it is placed in front of your face, simply snap a quick photo. Place the image online for all to see, and then go back to restful nights where you’re not haunted by the ghost of books past.
Vox staffers get things started with their very own book shames. See below for all the juicy details.
Have a book-related secret you need to share? Send Vox a picture at Vox@missouri.edu.
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