What do your books say about you? 6 smart women take a #shelfie.

What do your books say about you? 6 smart women take a #shelfie.


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The fact that this song exists is proof that #selfie has gone totally mainstream.

But may I introduce you to her older, smarter, wiser stepsister, the #shelfie? It’s actually a “thing” – take a look:

We asked some of the coolest, brightest lady bloggers we know to take photos of the books on their shelves at homes and offices. These “shelfies” give us an idea of the issues they care about, and hopefully give us insight to their personal lives.

We’re excited to host these smart women in Washington, D.C., for our Girls and Women Summit later this month.

Meredith Walker, Smart Girls at the Party 


Meredith Walker, co-creator with Amy Poehler of the online community Smart Girls at the Party, has a book from her former coworker Linda Ellerbee (of NICK News fame), a guide to hiking in San Antonio and Austin, and a collection of interviews with our very own Bono. Love the glasses!

Wendi Aarons, wendiaarons.com

wendiaarons_shelfieWendi, an award-winning humor writer, US Weekly fashion police critic and founder of fake Twitter account @paulryangosling, has both the serious (Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices;” Gail Collins’ “When Everything Changed) and the funny (David Sedaris’ “Naked;” Steve Martin’s “Pure Drivel”) on her shelf.

Joanne Bamberger, The Broad Side 

JoanneBamberger_shelfieAs expected, Joanne, editor-in-chief of The Broad Side and founder of Pundit Mom, has tons of books written by women on her shelf. There’s a biography from Benazir Bhutto, a collection of essays from UK writer Zadie Smith, and a book by contemporary Chinese-American writer Jean Kwok.

Jennifer Burden, World Moms Blog 


The founder/editor of World Moms Blog probably has the most eclectic shelfie yet. There’s activist Paul Farmer’s “To Repair the World,” but also fun reads like “Marley and Me.”

Ali Edwards, AliEdwards.com


Ali, designer, blogger, workshop instructor, and author of four books about memory keeping, definitely has a power shelfie! There’s “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business,” Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” and “The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose To Your Life.”

Anne Wolfe Postic, The Kitchn, The Shop Tart 


Anne, a freelance writer and blogger, has lots of fun reads on her bookshelf – Bust Magazine, Glamour and Sudoku puzzles, and a book titled “Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?”

What would be in your #shelfie? Tell us in a comment below!

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