I knew what I was going to make for this challenge as soon as it was posted. The end product was nothing like what I planned, but its still AWESOME. To give credit where it is due, I got the how-to for the books from http://www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-lamp-shade/
I call it English Major's Revenge, because . . . well, I am an English major, and after all those year of books sticking it too me I wanted to pay them back. Its almost like a hunter and his collection of animal heads. I have conquered books, and mounted them as trophies on my wall!
The lights are LED's so they get no where near hot enough to burn the paper, or even warm my cold hands.
The green part is an old window shutter, and the message can be changed as I feel like it.
We moved our dinner table to an area of the apartment not directly under a light fixture, so this was a necessity. At least if we wanted to see our food. =]