What Do The Books on Your Shelf Say About You?
I, like many of you I’m sure ;), love looking at others people’s bookshelves when I visit them. I also might be a bit obsessed with what the books on my front room bookshelf say about me, haha. There is this loverly Share Your Shelf Tumblr to share pictures of your bookshelf with others, but what do the books actually say about their owners?? More importantly, what do the books on your shelf say about you? ;-) Here are some of my thoughts about my obsessive bookshelf crafting, what do you think about others’ bookshelves??
- Familiarity – The first thing that jumps out at me about other people’s bookshelves are any books or authors that I’m familiar with. This obviously makes it much easier for me to gauge someone else’s book tastes if I have some grounding :), whether I like those books or not!
- Genres – A lot of book titles or cover art give away the genre(s) that the book falls into (usually). This means that even if I don’t recognize any of the books, I can get a general sense of the genres the person reads, and hopefully ask them about any of the genres that I like :D. Yey new books!
- Age – This is probably more a funny thing about me, but I’m always very interested in whether someone seems to like classics or contemporary books more. It seems to me that you can tell a lot about the way a person thinks if they prefer classics to contemporary books. That being said, I feel like there is some impulse to put the more “sophisticated” books on the front shelves so that Mom and Dad don’t question your manga collection ;-).
- Paperbacks vs. Hardcovers – I’ve noticed that there are strong feelings in the community about paperbacks and hardcovers, and I could definitely see some inferences being made from which predominate a shelf. Hardcovers indicate a willingness to invest more in individual books, and an unwillingness to wait for the paperbacks of especially sought after books. Paperbacks seem to indicate more of a nonchalance when it comes to most individual books, since you were both willing to wait for it to come out in paperback, and are okay with it possibly not lasting as long, or at least that’s what I think ;-).
- Quality – Try as I might, I just can’t keep most books in good quality. I break spines, I bump covers, I wear out hardcovers from holding the sides too tight (it’s just so exciting!). I know that some people specifically get collection hardcovers to keep on display and paperback copies to read over and over, and I would love to see evidence of that on someone’s shelf! Having two copies of a book would just be such a conversation starter, since it seems guaranteed that the person loved that book!
- Number – I’m currently very limited in my bookshelves and books to put on those shelves, but I remember my parents’ sticking books and shelves all over the house simply to have enough space for all the wonderful books. This is definitely partially dependent on the person’s age, I’m sure, since collecting that many books takes time. However, I think I would instantly feel more comfortable in a house with multiple bookshelves in the main areas :).
What do you think? Do you even have that many books on shelves of the non-virtual kind any more?? Oo, looking at someone’s Kindle collection would be even more interesting, don’t you think? I’m sure I’ve missed some obviously awesome book character qualities, so tell me what they are! Where do you fit in these characteristics?
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