First came the invention of fancy bookshelves from Ikea, then came e-books, and then, just like that, bookends became a thing of the past. Humans no longer needed ornate and heavy objects to keeps their novels upright.
OK, so obviously that isn't the true history of bookends. In fact, it seems to me like bookends are making a comeback in the world of home decor. Think about it — they are the perfect way to store your books and decorate. They are both functional and fancy. Cool, yet quirky. Looking for a creative way to show the world what you're reading? Here are 13 bookends that are just as unique as they are useful.
This is about as functional as bookends can get.
Lamp Bookends, $95, Etsy
Portal 3D-Printed Bookends
How cool are these portal bookends? They were 3D-printed too!
Portal 3D-Printed Bookends, $33.25, Etsy
This is the only kind of fox I’ll let in my home.
Fox Bookends, $49, Etsy
Shot from a Cannon bookends
Don’t worry, this cannon is just for looks. Your books are safe!
Shot From A Cannon Bookends, $65, Uncommon Goods
These pretty leaves bring both serenity and functionality to your library.
Leaf Bookends, $49, Etsy
Lamp Post Bookends
These lamp post bookends pair well with any of the classics.
Lamp Post Bookends, $47, Etsy
Lego Men Bookends
Not just for children, these awesome Lego bookends are full of personality.
Lego Men Bookends, $49, Etsy
Gold Lion and Wood Bookend
Fooled you! This isn’t a bookend. It’s just a lion who ate a bunch of books for breakfast.
Gold Lion and Wood Bookends, $75, Etsy
UFO Abduction Bookends
Run as fast as you can, because this UFO is coming for you (and your books).
UFO Abduction Bookends, $65, Etsy
Brazilian Agate Bookends
These beautiful Brazilian agate bookends are among the coolest on this list.
Brazilian Agate Bookends, $72, Etsy
Pineapple Beanbag Bookends
Pineapple-shaped beanbags may not make for typical bookends, but boy are they cool.
Pineapple Beanbag Bookends, $18, Etsy