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What Your Bookcase Says About You

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Bookcase Filled with Books

Our bookshelves don’t just contain the stories we like to read, they also tell a story about us.

I have two very large bookcases in my home and they are crowded with books of all sorts. When strangers visit I can often see their eyes roving over some of the titles, and instantly find myself apologising and explaining myself. The reason for this is because I have a whole shelf full of books on true crime, unsolved murders, forensics, and so on. They probably think I’m planning to do away with someone, but the truth is that I write crime and thriller stories and the books are purely for research (honest!)

Books on Crime and Forensics

If you move along a little further you will also find books on art, poetry, home décor and fishing. What does this say about me? It says that I’m a writer who appreciates a bit of culture, takes pride in her home and enjoys fishing, of course. My bookshelves are a reflection of my life. They describe my character.

I have a sister whose shelves are filled with books about Italy. What do they say about her? They accurately portray a woman who is obsessed with Italy; the food, the people, the music and the culture. I also have a friend whose shelves contain nothing but recipe books and instructional manuals for all kinds of crafts. I have none of these, so I guess that says something else about me – that I’m not interested in Italy, I don’t like cooking and don’t have the time or patience for crafts. Does this mean that the books we don’t own say as much about us as the ones we do?

Bookcase Filled With Books

Whenever I visit a bookstore, I always look for the same things. I've tried reading other genres like romance, political or period stories, but they leave me cold. Give me a creepy horror story or a serial killer profile any day. Show me a book about Impressionist art or the great composers and I’m sold, and once I have bought a book it stays. Try as I might I can’t part with any of them. They give me great pleasure, even when I’m not reading them. I like having them around me.

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So what does your bookcase say about you? Does it contain hints about the person you are?

If I were to look through your bookshelf I wonder what story it would tell me.

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I can relate to your bookcase as mine has criminology reference and study books for bachelors degree as well as light sci-fi and fantasy. Think Freud might say I am looking to escape.
by Liz
In my original home, I had my Library in the Lounge Room.
I loved to sit in my big, comfy chair, & gaze at my books, all of which had been read! Tomes, upon tomes!
They were in Subject, & Size order.

Atlases, Horses, Cats, Dogs, Ancient History, Geology, Goeography, Poetry, Archaeology, Anthropology, various multi other Sciences, QANTAS Aviation History.

Guests' to Dinner ALWAYS perused, & were impressed with my 'wide-ranging' subject matter. Some requested to look at a particular book, even.

They'll all packed up in cartons now. Probably will never see 'light of day' again, due space restrictions now.

I miss my 'book friends' just so much, that it's very depressing for me.

My book shelf isn't big enough!!
My interest are represented on that case, my work, my studies, my personal life. I love my book case. If I could I would have a whole library room.
So would I. I've always dreamed of having a 'reading room' with a big squishy chair...ahhhh!
A few years ago my bookcases contained all sorts of books. Many were on topics such as ancient history, pottery and crafts, topics I was once interested in but no longer had time for. Then I discovered de-cluttering. As a result I only have a few books now. I borrow quite a lot of books from the library.
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