Ashley Tisdale Shared a Cute Photo of Who’s Really Going to Read Those 400 Books She Bought

published Apr 11, 2022
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Ashley Tisdale recently gave her second home tour for Architectural Digest, showing off the stunning Los Angeles home she moved into with her husband Christopher French when she was seven months pregnant with her daughter, Jupiter, now 1. And while the “High School Musical” alum put plenty of personal touches into the sun-drenched space, she unexpectedly went viral for sharing a behind-the-scenes secret about home staging, revealing that she had her husband purchase 400 books to fill their built-in bookshelves ahead of AD’s arrival.

Showing off the gorgeous sitting room with statement furniture and a piano, she shared the candid admission, revealing, “These bookshelves, I have to be honest, actually did not have books in a couple days ago. I had my husband go to a bookstore and I was like, ‘You need to get 400 books.’ Obviously my husband’s like, ‘We should be collecting books over time and putting them in the shelves,’ and I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, not when AD comes.’”

The silly, lighthearted moment caused a stir online, with Twitter user Sarah Caldwell sharing screenshots of Tisdale’s admission and writing, “I… am speechless.”

After causing a bit of a frenzy on social media, the “High School Musical” alum responded to Caldwell, tweeting, “Let’s clear this up. There are some of my books from over the years in there but yea 36 shelves that hold 22 books I did not have and any interior designer would have done the same. They do it all the time, I was just honest about it.”

Plenty of people praised her for supporting local bookstores and authors alike, with Tisdale using the moment to encourage others to do the same. She not only shared some of her own personal book recommendations, but she also endorsed shopping at small businesses in person or Bookshop online, writing, “(and p.s. if you’re going to buy 400 books, don’t forget to shop independently. If you can’t send your husband, go to bookshop.org.)”

Though much of the chatter seemed to calm down within days (as to be expected with any given social media controversy), Tisdale did pop back to share a super sweet photo of her toddler picking out a book from the bottom shelf, with the proud mom writing, “At least one person in this house is going to read all those books.”

So while books as decor might continue to be a divisive topic, supporting small bookstores and authors in ways big and small will always be a solid move.