Earlier in the week, I posted a picture of one of my bookshelves. I’ve been thinking since then of what my bookcases might say about me. If someone had to draw up a personality profile of you simply by looking through your bookshelves, what might they guess about you? Would they be right?
Looking at my own library, taking a step back and putting on my deerstalker, I might hazard the following guesses:
- One might first assume that there are children resident in the house, given the number of picture books on display. A closer glance, however, reveals that said picture books are in pristine condition. Children are therefore only (welcome) visitors in this home. (CORRECT)
- Although the majority of titles are in the English language, other languages are also represented. One might assume that the reader is polylingual. However, the majority of titles in Polish, Irish, Slovenian, Hungarian, Croatian, Slovak, Spanish, Afrikaans, Italian, French and German appear to be translations of the Harry Potter series. The owner is most likely a collector rather than an accomplished linguist. (CORRECT, but, hey, I’m working on it)
- Other than multiple copies of Harry Potter titles, and in spite of the large number of books, few titles are reproduced. The owner is organised and efficient when it comes to book buying. (Umm, umm, CORRECT, of course. But only because LibraryThing saved my life)
- The number of books far exceeds the amount of shelf space. The owner is an impulsive book buyer with no control of her budget. (ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE AT ALL, NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT)
So, what might Sherlock deduce from your bookshelves?