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Old 05-09-2020, 05:09 PM
 
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When you're watching interviews on television, and you suddenly get to see people's homes, do you judge them by their bookshelves, and are you ever envious?

I've certainly seen some that make me sigh longingly, and sometimes I try to read titles. On the other hand, I was shocked to see no books at all in Yamiche Alcindor's room.
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Old 05-09-2020, 07:10 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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I have actually always done this. I'm always straining my eyes to try to make out what books speakers have sitting on those shelves behind them.

I didn't see Yamiche Alcindor's room -- did she have empty shelves or was she just in a room that wasn't where her books reside? I would expect she would have books, unless she's a kindle devotee, and only keeps a few physical books.
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Old 05-09-2020, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevadas (California)
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No I am not a fan of books shelves with books. I read a book & I am done. Nowadays I mostly use my kindle. I have been in some homes where the bookshelves look pretentious. I would rather look at art or a memory than a shelf of books. Maybe its because I worked in a a small bookstore for a year as a teen.
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:10 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I love craning my neck trying to read the titles on the spines, and I am frustrated when they're too small to read or out of focus. Not envious, though, because my husband and I have a library of about 1,500 books, so there's plenty to read here. I am forced by necessity to branch out a bit and delve into some books that my husband bought but I hadn't read. I especially enjoy books on American history because the more I delve into it, the more I realize that nothing has really changed. There have always been corrupt politicians, partisan bickering, attempts to influence elections and scandals. In light of current events, I find this somehow comforting.
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Old 05-09-2020, 09:43 PM
 
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No envy, just happiness that I have my own books on the shelves, which were kept boxed up for too long after the last move.

I was totally not-impressed by the so-called bookshelves now being sold. The new ones are knickknack or ornament shelves, not bookshelves by any stretch of the imagination!

I bought some high-quality, STRONG garage shelving and made a bookcase from that.

It’s not a home unless there are real bookshelves, and good books to fill them.
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Old 05-09-2020, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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No. I was skeptical of e-readers when they came out but have since become an enthusiastic convert. 99% of the books I but I read through an e-reader. I moved a lot when I was younger and every time I ended up purging SO MANY books since I have always been a voracious reader. Now I know I'm not killing as mant trees and don't have to feel guilty about the space that]y take up. I still have some books....early edition Dickens for collector purposes and cookbooks mostly but for most purposes e-books are my preference.
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Old 05-10-2020, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I seriously doubt that some of these TV personalities have the time to read all the books on their shelves. I think they may have been gifts or purchased just for "show" on the shelf. There is just so much time in a day/night.
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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No. My wife is a librarian. I can pretty much have any book I want any time I want it.
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Old 05-11-2020, 01:51 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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No. My wife is a librarian. I can pretty much have any book I want any time I want it.
Lucky you! That would be my idea of heaven on earth.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:50 AM
 
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I feel pity because it seems many people have sparse bookshelves or bare walls. No envy here.
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