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Writer's Block: Open book test [Oct. 6th, 2010|03:13 pm]

Based on the books on your bookshelf, what conclusions would people draw about you?

That I read a lot.  Bookshelves in every room, all stuffed.  That I'm interested in many different things: history, anthropology, neurology & cognitive science, education, natural history (shelves of field guides), ecology, wildlife management, horses, child development.  That I read a lot of genre fiction and nongenre fiction, though the fiction accounts for less than half the total.  That I re-read books, and buy a lot of used books as well as new ones.   That at one time I studied Latin and classical Greek, and at least dabbled in  French and German (judging by the dictionaries.)   Because it's obvious that I buy used books, the wear on the books is not always evidence of how often I re-read them.  However, the dust on top of some shows I haven't re-read them in awhile.  

And that there are not enough bookshelves in this house.


[User Picture]From: ailsaek
2010-10-06 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm amused at the assumption that one has only one bookshelf. Unless, of course, they just mean the bookshelf in the room you are currently occupying as opposed to the entire collection of bookshelves.
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From: paulliver
2010-10-06 09:55 pm (UTC)
I once filled a bookshelf with books I hadn't read yet.
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[User Picture]From: reading_angel
2010-10-06 10:06 pm (UTC)
I answered the question based on what people would think of me if they looked at just one bookshelf at a time - look at one and you'd think I only read fantasy & science fiction written by women, but if you looked at another one you'd think I don't read anything published after 1950 and conclude that I studied the classics and have an inordinate fondness for Shakespeare and Agatha Christie, a third is mainly reference or foreign language books (I compulsively buy books in German, despite not actually being fluent in German), etc.
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[User Picture]From: mastadge
2010-10-06 10:07 pm (UTC)
Likewise, when people mention the bookshelf, I always wonder whether they have but a solitary shelf for books or whether they have a bookcase.
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[User Picture]From: moonsinger
2010-10-06 09:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't notice the term bookshelf; I automatically substituted library. I have one room devoted to just books, and I have several bookshelves upstairs as well. Oh, and the kids also have several bookshelves. I missed that.
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From: paulliver
2010-10-06 09:56 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of the pause in the conversation after people ask me what I like to read while I prioritize the list.
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[User Picture]From: londonbard
2010-10-06 11:27 pm (UTC)
There are not enough bookshelves in any house!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-10-07 03:45 am (UTC)
SO true. When I was young and day-dreaming, I designed a house that had a library about as big as this house...and I now realize it wouldn't have been big enough.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-10-07 05:06 am (UTC)
That we have a wide variety of interests. That we all read. A lot.

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[User Picture]From: rowan_ree
2010-10-07 11:42 pm (UTC)
When we moved into our new house, we hired movers. They HATED us because over 70% of our boxes were filled with books. And more books. And even more books. And over 90% of them went upstairs. And yeah, we're needing to get a few more bookshelves ourselves.
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From: ext_299671
2010-10-27 02:39 am (UTC)


Sounds a lot like my books. I would be lost without some of them. I also enjoy doing reviews (mostly these are on botany/horticulture). Three fairly new ones on Brazilian trees up at www.quisqualis.com
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