This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.
But I was wondering how you all felt about how your libraries reflected you and your daily life. Perhaps you are a fan of raves and club drugs that just so happens to have a passionate interest in knitting-related literature or maybe your library full of bible-related books fits your job as a traveling prophet.
So what do you say, does your library reflect on your life as a whole?
My library is filled with literature & fiction (piles of them!), a couple mystery (still waiting to be read) a few fantasy & sci-fi and some non-fiction that crept in there through recommendations. I think my books reflect what I love to read, but I don't know how they reflect the rest of my life. I think the rest of my life reflects other aspects of myself, and what I find joy in reading about may simply be just that.
The small assortment of British pop-culture books I have -- celebrity autobiographies and the like -- certainly betray my Anglophile tendencies. I'm also part Irish and own collections of Irish mythology, folk tales, lots of Yeats and Wilde... I wouldn't say my library is overwhelmingly representative, but in pockets it at least gives a snapshot of my life.
Plus, I read by author - all books by one, then move on to the next - so it reflects that, too. 12 Willa Cather novels, but only one Faulkner. And such.
Phases, phases, phases.
Now I feel my library better reflects my past then my present, with mostly fantasy and christian dominating.
There are lots of books about religion and culture, which are what I study in life.
There are lots of dark comedies, because I really like the relationship between light and dark. I like to think that I'm very funny, but in a little bit of a twisted way (twisted does not equal preverse).
There are lots of series and author sections, because I'm the kind of person that just NEEDS to know and see the whole picture.
There are a lot of children's/young adult books because, well, because I was young once and hope to have kids someday and really want to be able to hand them books and say "I read this when I was your age and it made me realize....."
So, I'd have to say, yes, my library really is a good reflection of who I am.
A lot of fiction mixed with poetry and African American Nonfiction... sprinkle a little bit of philosophy and you have a pretty good portrait of me!
I haven't done a great reflection of my reading, but I know I could stand some diversity. There's no poetry, most of my books have white protagonists from England or America, there' isn't a good spread of genre like dman's post shows... I need to diversify!
...I can't find the link. It was a real article, I swear!
And there's lots of feminist/gender studies books, and some music, about half the books ever written about rowing (not so many), lots of cookbooks. I'm studying library science, and am slowing collection odd and outdated reference books.
I also have nonfiction books over topics I found interesting, such as polar exploration (in particular the Franklin expedition), biographies of interesting people like Dickens, Collins, Einstein, etc, as well as many books revolving around the Tudor dynasty, one of my favorite periods of time.
I also own many classics, which goes in with my English major. I also have a tendency to, if I don't like a book, get rid of it immediately on BookMooch. There are no books in my library that I don't like and would never reread. I just don't see the point in keeping books I can't stand. I certainly don't hang on to clothes I never plan on wearing ever again, so why would I do it with books?
In short, though, I'd have to say yeah, my library looks like me!
I've also got a lot of early American history, which gives me a sense of continuity and context for how things are today.
I've got a bunch of science books, both textbook, popular, and ecological, as these reflect my curiosity in understanding the world around me.
Death's Acre, The Ghost Map, The Hot Zone, Panic in Level 4, Stiff, and Plague. All of these are non-fictions about the science of death/disease. However, right now I'm reading Dante's Inferno, next will be The Iliad, and I've got plans for the Orestia and Aeneid in the next month or 2.
I have fairly diverse taste, but you do see the clumps of books that indicate my rapidly changing interests.
As for whether or not that represents my personality, it's hard to say.
My library reflects my preferance for non-realist books - fantasy, science fiction, magical realism - and anything that has something weird about it. In between, there are some realist works, the occasional classic, and a little non-fiction on language, fiction and philosophy. Notably, there aren't many books with political content, and nothing on current affairs (my boyfriend has those, I just wait for him to tell me about them).
The growing tbr pile stands (precariously high) as evidence of my increasing bibliophilia and the diminished amount of time I have to pander to my addiction. Goddamn job! Pays the book bills but takes away the time for reading!
To answer the thread question, I have been thinking about this for the past few years, and yes, I think my library reflects me almost perfectly. I think one of the best ways to get to know someone is by looking at what's on their bookshelf! There are some exceptions, of course- those who don't read, those who only read a certain type or genre of book, or those who mostly borrow books and don't keep them. In my case, I keep only what I like, which makes my library a sort of collage of myself. I am a Christian who enjoys antiquing, decorating, crafting, history, mysteries, 19th & 20th century fiction, old Hollywood movies, Chinese culture, and other miscellaneous hobbies & interests. On my shelves, you would see books on all of these topics. If you see a book that doesn't seem to fit with any of the others in my collection, that's probably evidence of a short-lived hobby or interest of mine. That's one of the main reasons I love collecting books and organizing them in a way that makes sense to me- in a way, by organizing my books I am organizing my life so that it makes a little more sense.
As far as my LT library reflecting my personality: It does, but on a lesser scale, since I haven't added all my books to the site yet. One day...
Hello to you too! :-)
However, I have two, er three, other bookshelves - also overflowing - with my pleasure reading: YA, erotia, series (because if I read one I must have the rest), historical, fantasy, trashy romance, some history, drama, poetry, pretty much a little bit of everything - even plenty of the books that have been at my parents' house since I was a kid have finally made it to my house. I like to think I'm well-rounded.
People who see my room for the first time always say it is perfect for me :) I loaned a couple books to a friend just a few hours ago! My friends always come to me for suggestions because I have so many options!
While my friends go clubbing, I'd rather stay at home and read. I drink tea and coffee all day, but never really touch alcohol, even on my actual 21st birthday. :) I talk to my cat... And my best friends are mostly in their 30's and 40's.
My library also focuses on other countries, which reflects my interest and preference of other cultures vs. American living.
There are probably more similarities but those are the most obvious ones.
Join to post