Thursday, April 14, 2011
Booking through Thursday - Personality and Books
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In a related question to last week’s–
I was reading the other day a quote from JFK Jr who said on the death of his mother, that she died surrounded by family, friends, and her books. Apparently, Jackie’s books were very much a part of HER, her personality, her sense of self.
Up until recently, people could browse your bookshelves and learn a lot about you–what your interests are, your range of topics, favorite authors, how much you read (or at least buy books).
More and more, though, this is changing. People aren’t buying books so much as borrowing them from the library. Or reading them on their e-readers or computers. There’s nothing PHYSICAL on the shelves to tell strangers in your home, for better or worse, who you ARE.
Do you think this is a good thing? Bad? Discuss!
Everyone knows I love my e-reader and I've pretty much become solely an e-reader at this point. I've been spending my time clearing out my books and getting my guest room back.
I had so many books that it all they did was make me look like a slob and disorganized. LOL I don't think people can really tell as much as they think about a person from the genres they read. People seem to have preconceived notions about genres. All genres are not treated equal. Romances are often thought of as "trashy" and even science fiction aren't always considered "good" reading. So, for me, if people can't see what I'm reading because I'm using an e-reader, that's fine. I read so many different genres, they wouldn't have a clue about me anyway. There are still ways to tell about people when going to their house - the way their houses are decorated, do they have pictures, etc. etc. etc.
Just to add one more thing - I do think people can tell more about you from your reading styles by reading blogs or reading people's opinions in yahoo groups (or Shelfari/Goodreads/Library Thing). The different Internet outlets give us more of an insight into people through their books than seeing what's actually on their shelves, IMO.
Just my $.02.