BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — KNOW ME THROUGH MY BOOKS — APRIL 14

Welcome to today’s Booking Through Thursday topic.

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!

 

Even though I’ve recently acquired a Kindle (and I’ve even named her “Sparky”), my personal preference is to have the physical book.

I love being surrounded by books, as evidenced by my pictorial displays in last week’s topic.

I could probably download hundreds of e-books, but I still have plenty of physical books to show strangers and friends who I am.

Recent Reads

Or how about some of these?

Some Old Favorites

These are from still another shelf….

 

As you can see from this visual journey, I proudly showcase my books from all different phases of my life…and there are even more shelves that tell more of the story.

What about you?  Do you love showing yourself through your books?

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22 thoughts on “BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — KNOW ME THROUGH MY BOOKS — APRIL 14

  1. I too recently acquired a Kindle, but I’m like you and still love a physical book and being surrounded by books. There is something comforting about being able to search through your own bookshelves for an old favorite.

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  2. Great pictures! You’re clearly much more organized with your books than I am – mine just take up pretty much any flat surface in our apartment (mostly because all the shelves are full, and also because I have a bad problem with reading too many books at once!).
    Someday, I’ll get my act together and actually buy more shelves. Until then, Goodreads will have to do. (:

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    • Oh, I’ve acquired these shelves (and books) over a period of MANY years…LOL

      I, too, have my stacks on the floor. That’s where the TBR books go…as well as on top of coffee tables and bookcases.

      Thanks for stopping by, Anna D.

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  3. I think kindles and their like have their place. My dad and a friend have both said they read more now that they have them. I can’t help but think that’s a good thing (although in my dad’s case I do think it’s more about having a new toy and he will get bored). However, I do agree that there is nothing quite like being able to share with others what you read and the best way to do this is to display them. If I had the space mine would be proudly on show.

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    • I used to have more space, so it’s been a challenge incorporating my books and shelves into my downsized space.

      But now I get to have the shelves in every room!

      Thanks for stopping by, Karen.

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  4. I don’t know that I would say I show myself through my books. They are on my bookshelves for all to see, I really don’t know what the books say about my personality. I hope something good.

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  5. I am Still tossing up whether or not to buy a e-reader, i kind of like when i go to my bag and pull things out i goes: Phone, Laptop, Ipod, Book, i love showing off my book, i dont think i could get used to carring a e-reader, i love your shelfs they are cute, just like your blog

    The Book Mystress, xx

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    • Oh, thanks, Book Mystress…I do love showcasing my books on my shelves and on my blog. And I’m always changing the themes on my blogs.

      I’m with you about the fun of pulling out the book and “showing it” off.

      The book cover is so much more appealing than the Kindle.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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