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The Best Bookish Versions of the Dolly Parton Challenge

Ashley Holstrom

Staff Writer

Ashley Holstrom helps make books at Sourcebooks. She lives near Chicago with her cat named after Hemingway and her bookshelves organized by color. Newsletter: Crooked Reads. Twitter: @alholstrom.

Maybe you’ve been seeing this Dolly Parton Challenge all over your social this weekend. It’s a gloriously simple collage of the photos one might use for their professional LinkedIn profile, casually social Facebook profile, glamorous Instagram profile, and thirsty Tinder profile.

Our favorite bookish celebrity, Dolly Parton, started the meme with her own post:

And with all great memes, the Bookternet came in full force to play along. Please enjoy the book nerdery from publishers and readers alike doing the Dolly Parton Challenge.

First up, we have Random House with the perfectly staged photos:

And Drunk Austen with the potatoes:

The Strand nails it with their decor:

The one with the books with “girl” in the title:

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The National Library of Scotland’s is basically perfect:

Simon and Schuster promotes their books that best fit each platform:

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Happy Friday book people! πŸ˜‚ #dollypartonchallenge

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Baby-Sitters Club, anyone?

Powell’s gets a little bit literal:

If the Bard had social media:

A lovely addition by Abrams:

I just:

Barnes & Noble with the most perfect meme:

I read YA with the prettiest hardcover:

Out of Print rocking their best tees:

Gallery Books gets it:

City Books of Pittsburgh nails these classics:

Get you a sparkly vampire, or whatever:

Book of the Month with the realest of real:

And I just love this one of Bruce Springsteen’s Rolling Stone covers:

Happy meme-ing, everyone.