The Book Reader’s Question
What’s On Your Shelves?
Earlier today, l was having a Online Messenger conversation with a good friend of mine, Stephen. Some of you may also know him and his blog Stephen Blyse Writes.
We were talking about a lot of subjects to do with writing and reading and the various audiences that written content enjoys today and with that – the various styles of reader, readership and audience a writer has. In fact it was this conversation with Stephen that inspires today’s post and question.
We got onto the subject of books and who reads them and how they read them as well as how people find the time to read and then we progressed onto books on our shelves and how readers prefer to read books these days?
Do people still have bookshelves filled with books or is it mostly digital? Below is Stephen’s book collection whilst above is mine. Mine is a very small collection now located in three areas in the house, most of them are here in the Livenden with me whilst some of my ‘childhood’ favourites and just those that when l have the time l can re-read again and again and ag … you get it!
I used to have a much larger quantity of books and as little back as 2017 when the collection perhaps numbered 750. In 2009 l had a collection of around 1000 books, but when younger and by this l mean between the ages of 14 – 20 l had a massive collection of reading materials including magazines and comics and fanzines, but my book collection numbered close to 3000 and used to line one entire wall of my bedroom.
But books take up space and time. So in 2012 l started to downscale my collection and now, the books you see in hard copy are the only books l have left and l guess the total now numbers maybe 130 books, around there anyway.
I have another hundred books on my Kindle ……. my biggest problem, is not always having the time to find the time to read any more. Since l started blogging l find l spend most of my reading time reading blogs and you know l am always behind with that as is!
Anyway to the questions –
How large is your shelved book collection?
Do you actually have a shelved collection of hard copy books or a digital collection only or both?
Are you willing to show an image of your collection in the shelves?
Let me know below … Thanks, Rory