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Guy Creatively Arranges His Massive Library of Books Into Imaginative Scenes

Book Display by James Trevino

Bookstagrammer James Trevino uses his massive library of books for more than just reading. With a shelf arranged like a rainbow, he pulls from his collection and transforms the texts into imaginative displays. Each book cover acts like a stroke of paint; when they are placed together in specific formations, they produce images that are best viewed from above.

Pop culture often finds its way into Trevino’s book display ideas. He’s a fan of the Lord of the Ring trilogy as well as Game of Thrones, Pokémon, and Star Wars. Many of his arrangements include nods to these series as he recreates their emblems or symbols from their stories—often with the help of some digital editing.

Trevino doesn’t stop at pop culture, though. He regularly creates entire landscapes out of books that envision him as a laidback lifeguard, wand-wielding magician, and fierce pirate. Each charming book display showcases the power of imagination while being an homage to the texts that spark it.

In addition to running his popular Instagram, Trevino also co-curates My Book Features. It shares delightful photos from book lovers around the world.

James Trevino has a large collection of rainbow-colored books.

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He uses them to create charming book displays that are best viewed from the top down.

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Many are inspired by popular culture…

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“Star Wars”

Book Display by James Trevino

“Scooby Doo”

Book Display by James Trevino


Book Display by James Trevino

“Lord of the Rings”

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“Harry Potter”

… but other arrangements are a celebration of Trevino's creative mind.

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James Trevino: Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by James Trevino.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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