Thursday, April 14, 2011

Booking Through Thursday

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!


I do not own an e-reader so my books are still visible throughout my home. I have to say that sadly not a lot of my friends or relatives read so I rarely see anything on their shelves in terms of books that would give me glimpse into their personality. But what a wonderful idea!


  1. Hooray for bookshelves. E-readers are so weird and impersonal, I think.

    Here's my response:

  2. Awww, I love my ereader! It's heavenly slipping two hundred books into my purse when I leave in the morning -- and if people are curious, I'm always happy to have them nose through to see what my tastes are. Still, my wife and I have copious, over stuffed bookshelves in our house -- but most with my wife's texts from div school and my nonfiction tomes that I like to annotate.

  3. I love my e-reader way more than I thought I would but I would never give up my real life books.

  4. I agree, it's a great idea but at the same time I don't think anyone should build their book collection just to cultivate a personality. And even if I did have an e-reader I think I'd still buy books because I just love them and can't get enough!

  5. I prefer actual books, too. Thanks for stopping by my BTT.

  6. elizabethwilse- Thanks! for stopping.

    booknympho, audra- having both is good.

    Sally- Me either.

    Pepca- Thanks! to you also.