What books are on your shelves?


As a collector of books, I fell in love with these prints of paintings of bookshelves by Jane Mount (via Design*Sponge). Maybe only another bibliophile would love these, but I have a sneaking suspicion that there are a lot of you reading this blog.

I am a firm believer that what books one has on their bookshelves can say a lot about a person, and whenever I visit someone’s home who has a lot of books, I can’t help myself and have to ‘read’ their shelves. I’m not sure what my shelves would say about me. Maybe that in true Gemini form I have many personalities? Or maybe just that I’m a well-rounded reader. 😉

So, what’s on your shelves and what you think your shelves say about you ? Share in the comments below.





  1. Wow!!! I can’t believe i see El libro de Doña Petrona there!! A referent in my country like your Julia Child!!
    I’m just meeting your blog, so i’ll leave more comments afterwards.

  2. Hmmm let’s see…
    The Historian, The Reader, The Painter of Shanghai, The Memory Keepers Daughter, Sarah’s Key, The Harry Potter Series, Twilight Series, The Devil Wears Prada, Dracula, Ella Minnow Pea and tons more! Those are just my current reads. If I were to list everything in my bookcase we’d be here awhile.

  3. I love seeing what other ppl have on their bookshelves! Mine would say that I love Louise Erdrich, still have most of my books from college and I should probably invest in more bookshelves! I love those prints!

  4. Anyone looking at the books on my many bookshelves would think there must be a dozen or more people sharing those shelves, not just two.

    I’d like to meet the person who owns the first bookshelf in this post. Those are some very unusual reads, particularly Geek Love, one of my favorite books, although I alternate between hugging it and wanting to throw it across the room in disgust.

  5. Shelves of how-to craft books and more cookbooks than I could ever use in a lifetime of cooking. But I’m going to try! Throw in some gardening, memoirs and short story collections and that’s pretty much my book collection. I love the prints!

  6. I have to say I am ‘well rounded’ also, lol. The only things I don’t like to read are self-help books and political books. I am not sure what that says about me?

  7. I have way too many books. I’m an eclectic reader, and I’m lucky enough that publishers know my address. I work at B&N, even though I’m retired, to be around a variety of books and people.

  8. My bookshelves and stacks of books everywhere say that I have a serious addiction! And I’ve already been scheming this morning to make another trip to the bookstore today. My shelves are packed with Anthropology and Spanish lit books from my college days, and overflowing with fiction, art, crafts, cooking, travel and food memoirs. I should just pick a book off the shelf rather than go to the store again!

  9. Well, I have more books than fit on my shelves, so I think the stacks of books tell you something! But as for what they are, lots of contemporary poetry collections, obscure reference books (like Jeffrey Kacirk’s “The Word Museum”, a dictionary of one-letter words, “The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects), short story collections (Harlan Ellison’s “Angry Candy, John Barth’s “Lost in the Funhouse”), non-fiction collections by people like Chuck Klosterman and Sloane Crosley, and lots of books on writing, literary theory, and philosophy! I think to a lot of people, that would tell them I’m boring, but also that I have an English degree! Only the second part is true.

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