The author cites Ezra Klein from the American Prospect as saying:
“Bookshelves are not for displaying books you’ve read. Those books go in your office, or near your bed, or on your Facebook profile. Rather, the books on your shelves are there to convey the type of person you would like to be.”
Now, I think it’s a bit pompous to purposely dislay books you’ve read in your office (uh, don’t have much room in a cubicle for THAT) or bedstand (isn’t that where you keep books you are reading?) — and I don’t much care for boasting via Facebook or on a blog as much as I do recording it for yourself and for the possible reading pleasure of other bookworms.
But I do like the idea that books on your shelves convey the type of person you would like to be. Take a look at your own stacks tonight — what kind of person do you want to be? I will do the same and report tomorrow.
Oh, and here’s a takeaway from that article for you, a quote from Francis Bacon, which beautifully encapsulates my feelings about owning and hording hundreds of books:
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”