Now to the bookshelf. For me, the idea of a bookshelf is linked to a problematic sense of 'progress' in my life. Growing up, we didn’t have a bookshelf in my house because nobody had the time or the inclination to read. Books were a luxury and weren’t valued in the same way the middle classes value them; and by that I mean that the middle classes are obsessed with books, obsessed, like what the fuck? They have book clubs and dinners where people literally just talk about books. (Btw, did I mention I wrote a book which you can pre-order here
!) So for me, having three full bookshelves (half of them are my boyfriend’s, the other half are books I bought when I was feeling particularly broke and wanted to spend on what felt like an investment and so bought books but never read them) makes me feel clever, intelligent and middle class. Problematic yes, because I love where I’m from, but I’m flawed like the next person, so just let me have my books and shut up.