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Dec 19, 2010, 5:46pm

I spend a lot of time on my own so I tend to be bored a lot. I was thinking today, can you tell someones personality by their personal library?

Dec 20, 2010, 12:22am

I hope not.... There'd be a lot of cases of Multiple Personality Disorder here otherwise.

Dec 20, 2010, 2:08am

lol true. I think for at least part of their personality you can tell by their personal library. Because I'm a lil nosy, wishful, and a romanitc at heart; and i read mainly mystery, fantasy, and drumroll please romance. Sorry I'm at work with a couple of tight--- and I'm in a lil bit of a goof mood.

Edited: Dec 20, 2010, 12:27pm

Well, with my library, you can kind of tell what makes me tick. I mean, you can't tell if I'm nice or annoying or a schmuck or anything, but you can tell that I have a large, and sometimes quite childlike, sense of wonder and discovery, and you can tell I think abstractly. And if you meet me once or twice or have read some of the books I like in particular, then you can probably tell exactly what crazy, idiosyncratic thing it is about the books I love that makes me love them.

If you were to look at my catalog of board games and video games (not here; elsewhere) then you'd see that all reinforced - I like to look for things, I like to MacGuyver solutions to problems in unconventional ways, and the games I like allow me to do that.

So, in short, I guess you can tell a lot about me from my library, but it's more how I work than how I am.

Dec 20, 2010, 3:17pm

I don't know. Look at my library and tell me what you think I am like. ;)

I really never thought much about it. Now I am going to look at my library to see if it really matches my personality.

Dec 20, 2010, 3:23pm

Haha it was such a random thought that I just thought I would ask. I read a lot of murder mysterious so, what does that mean about me?

Dec 20, 2010, 4:00pm

>5 crazy4reading: Hmm, I don't know! :) We don't really share many books, so I'm not familiar at all with most of the stuff in your library.

>6 mellymel171328: Well, what is it that you like about mysteries? There are different aspects that might appeal:

1) Trying to figure out, as a reader, whodunit
2) Trying to figure out, as a reader, howtheydunit
3) Trying to figure out whytheydonit
4) Learning about different techniques/reasonings the character uses to solve the mystery

5) A feelgood feeling of completing a task / solving a puzzle. (Solving the mystery)
6) A feelgood feeling of coming out ahead. (Beating the bad guy)
7) A feelgood feeling of knowing unrelated things are related. (Clues coming together)
8) A feelgood feeling of knowing strange events can be explained (Also clues coming together)

or whatever other reasons there might be that I haven't thought of. I don't read mysteries, so I would be interested to find out what aspect of them really appeals to those of you who do.

Dec 20, 2010, 4:47pm

I love to try to figure out who dun it or why they had done it. If a book can leave me clueless to the end I adore it, especially if it has a good plot twist. So 1-4 is very much correct... Actually all of it fits... lol I wanted to go to school to become a criminal profilier to be honest.

Dec 20, 2010, 6:41pm

>#5 I love the idea of guessing someone's personality by looking at their library. Sort of like phrenology with book covers... of course, it would also be helpful to know how many times any given book's been read, if it's been read at all, and whether or not it's a keeper or a just a transient title.....

Still, I'd say what we admit publicly to reading - and liking - has to say something about us, even if it's only that (in my case) I'm addicted to bubblegum fiction populated by the fantastic and fabulous, and that furry critters with hooves run my life - at least I suspect that's what I'd think if I saw my library on someone else's shelves.

Dec 20, 2010, 7:03pm

>9 SunnySD: Try to guess mine? :)

Seriously though - parts of my library are showing my personality and tastes in different stages of my life. As a whole - it is a somewhat jumbled mess (even though I would reread pretty much anything in it if I have the chance).

>7 macsbrains:&8

I love to look for the clues in the mysteries and to figure it out before the end -- or if I cannot to see them the second time I read the book. I definitely do not like the out of the blue last minute twists -- most authors cannot pull them off and then why read the whole book if the last 5 pages are almost unrelated (and some authors seem to be doing these just to be different - a few months ago I actually commented on a book that the fact that it finishes in the most logical way is what makes it almost unique these days)? Now - twists that actually step on some small things beforehand that you might had missed? - that's a different story :)

Edited: Dec 20, 2010, 7:44pm

I saw another LT'er post a graph of his/her reading in the 75 challenge group, and I thought it would be fun to use a graph to analyze my reading so far this year. I was surprised about the repeating themes, and what it might (or might not) say about me to someone who doesn't know me. For example, the politics thing was totally random based on classes I had to take this year and not normally my cup of tea. The recurring war theme was totally my choice but I had no idea. If you had asked me did I read a lot of war-themed books, I would have said "no way."

ETA to fix the graph size

Dec 20, 2010, 7:48pm

Oh that's so neat, I would love to see mine. Lol

Dec 21, 2010, 12:30am

>10 AnnieMod: yeah every once in awhile I try to reread some of my old ones even ones that I read in middle school. partly because the part of the story pops in my head and I know I won't be able to get it out until I reread the book. Also because I wonder in a few years if my sons will be interested in some of them.

Dec 23, 2010, 6:33pm

13> That happens to me all the time - a scene pops into my head and won't leave me alone until I've read the book.

11> Debbie, how did you make your graph? I'd love to do that for my books, too. Is it a site, or what?

7,8, 10> I love mysteries, but I hate ones where at the end the detective says "well, based on this thing that I knew but you (the readers) weren't told about, the answer is..." - that's cheating and no fun. I just read a Lord Peter Wimsey one - Five Red Herrings - that explicitly did that. Near the beginning Peter finds (or doesn't find) a thing, and Sayers says explicitly that she's not going to tell us, the readers, what it is. Now this was a reread and I remembered what it was, and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story at all (and I couldn't remember who dunnit, either), so I think she was unwise to do it that way - if she'd told us what was missing, it wouldn't detract from the mystery, based on my experience. Stuff like that is just annoying. As you said, AnnieMod - the good stuff is where they point out something that was discussed but not pointed out and that's the clue you need - if you were an attentive reader you could figure it out yourself. Much more fun.

My library would be very confusing, because like others I have a lot of books that I haven't read in years and a lot of books that I plain haven't read. My Read collection would be more informative. But even there - I've got pretty broad interests...though my SF leanings would be pretty obvious.

Edited: Dec 23, 2010, 6:50pm

>14 jjmcgaffey: I used Excel. It will auto-create a graph for you based on the data. I just typed the themes in Column A and then the number of books for each theme in Column B. Once your graph is created, you can use the various options in the Design tab to customize the look.

There may be an easier way to get the graph onto LT, but I'm not super skilled in that arena, so I just figured it out as best I could. Here's what I did: Copy the graph to an image program (I use the freebie Irfanview) and save it as a jpg. Upload the jpg to an ftp or image site that will give you a URL (I used dropbox but something like Picassa should also work). Copy the URL of the image and then insert into the post.

I hope that helps. Let me know if you need more info on any of the steps.

ETA to fix typos!

Dec 31, 2010, 10:57am

Next time I get really bored and the insomnia is really high I will check this thread out:}

Dec 31, 2010, 11:05am

Lol, I will try to make it entertaining now!!!! Ideas?!

Dec 31, 2010, 11:20am

no, no, keep the way it is I like it just fine (lol)
it is quieter...

Dec 31, 2010, 11:24am

Lol ok

Jan 2, 2011, 2:53am

AAAHHHhh.... This group seems to be having an effect on me because I'm now speaking out more in other groups.
I'm needing some help staying awake tonight I've already had 1 pespi, 2 coffees (with a total of 2 inches of sugar in them) and 2 no doze pills. I still just want to rest my eyes for a lil while but I know if I do I'll get caught and in trouble. Lol which I must say I do find it a little puzzling where I can watch tv, read, mess around online (a lil bit) but I can't rest my eyes for a few minutes. Of course I feel guilty doing any of them things and I usually stop right before first shift comes on.

Jan 2, 2011, 2:57am

BTW I want to help Karma out a lil bit with one of my neighbors that live a mile away any suggestions? They possibly killed two of my dogs and just shot at and grazed another one. Nothing illegal or anything because we will be calling them in if they drive thru the field or by the house drunk anymore. Just something to teach them to leave us alone. Yes we did make a complaint with the police already too.

Jan 2, 2011, 7:45am

What were the dogs doing when they were killed?

Jan 2, 2011, 3:22pm

#21 Thinking about you. I know how hard it is to lose a pet, especially if not expected. But needlessly...that is awful.

Jan 2, 2011, 8:41pm

The dogs had gone missing which they've been known to do once or twice before. But the only time that they ever even growled is when someone unknown was around our children. They were totally fine around other children and people as long as our two boys weren't around. We don't know for sure if they were killed but we're betting on it. As for the newer dogs that we just got they had run off. They are not trained as well yet. But both of them are fine with people. Our old ones would at least bark when someone pulled into the drive. My husband told me that the sheriff said that one of our neighbors have recently had their dogs killed to. From what I know of the suspect he is in his late twenties and likes to drink, and act like the world revolves around him and he's not someone that my husband wants me around because of his temper.

Thanks fdholt I appriciate it. Funny thing is Aspen our new dog that got grazed looks like she could be Prestons (one of the ones that died) sister even though they are different breeds.

From a distance I could see how Aspen could look like a coyote. But she was shot with a .22 and in my opinion you would use a scope if you couldn't tell what it was. Also it wouldn't have been playing with another dog. But that is just my opinion probably because evrytime I go shooting I use a scope because I have bad eyesight.

Jan 3, 2011, 5:11am

re: Msg #1
So far I am batting 300 on discerning personality via library...especially when they send a comment to your profile page...can't take it back once it is in the message universe...and for that few moments they can affirm or dispel my assessment which is from imperfection and subject to change upon further conversation. Sometimes we read books and look back and say, what was I thinking when I read this novel or nonfiction? I actually catalog some books that I felt that way about so please read my comments and I will let you know what personality I was in at the time. :

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