Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Whats on my bookshelf?

I am a real fan of coffee table books. If you don't know what I mean then it is a book which is mainly pictures or a short amount of words which you can pick up and dip in and out of rather than reading a whole story. My first ever coffee table book was PostSecret by Frank Warren which I got in 2007 when it first came out.

PostSecret  was a project founded by Frank Warren in November 2004. It began by Warren inviting people to submit postcards anonymously with a secret on that they had never told anyone before. Soon enough decorated postcards began flooding in and he started a blog, uploading 10 new postcards every Sunday. It was then that the postcard collection was turned into a book.

The secrets are loving, sad, dark, funny or just down right strange. The ones that strike me the most are the saddest. People pour their heart out onto a postcard and anonymously submit it, knowing that at least one person will know their secret. There have been postcards about suicide and murder and one that have made me laugh out loud. You never know what you're going to get on the website but the books are a collection of what was, I imagine, the best mix. It's amazing to read some peoples secrets, knowing that you will never know who the secret belongs to. Many of these secrets will go with these people to their graves and some of them should! Maybe putting them out into the world, even anonymously, makes us all feel a little bit more connected and I would be lying if I said I hadn't seen some postcard which I can relate to.

Check out the website which is updated every Sunday with new cards!

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