You can learn a lot about a person from their bookcase What does this say about me? (click here for huge version)Other than I obviously went shopping at Ikea. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterStumbleUponReddit Comments Melissa E says September 5, 2011 at 1:30 AM “Bug Sex”? It says more about you than I ever wanted to know ;) ;) ;) Of course, looking at MY book case, you might mistake me for a theologian… “The Basics of New Testament Syntax,” etc. Karl Winkelman says September 5, 2011 at 1:34 AM Hmmm. Was that Dune book never returned to the Library? Beyond Dimensions says September 5, 2011 at 1:34 AM Is that the jesus with the little rollers on the bottom of his feet that has “gliding and water walking action”? If so, I totally have that action figure mint. :D Ben Crockett says September 5, 2011 at 1:38 AM It says you have a lot of the same books that I do. (Hooray for The Ancestor’s Tale!) David's Not Here says September 5, 2011 at 1:40 AM That you buy books you’ll actually read rather than those that look nice on a shelf? (I’m guilty of that…) CycleNinja says September 5, 2011 at 1:44 AM I think that says “Big Sex,” and I’d love to know the full author and title.Oh, and I have a lot of those books too. The one by Brian Greene was easily recognizable. Jln Francisco says September 5, 2011 at 1:45 AM You really like normal type pokemon. Charles Hollingshead says September 5, 2011 at 1:49 AM Yeah, it’s says we should be friends on GoodReads. Alexander Johannesen says September 5, 2011 at 1:53 AM Yes! A Herbert fan, not a Dune zealot (at least not exclusively)! FH was brilliant *outside* of Dune as well, where “White Plague” is one of the better ones. Thanks for the reminder! GOODNESSaidan says September 5, 2011 at 1:56 AM May be writing down all the books you have for a future reading list. /creepalso holy geez i want to hang out with you. Caliguy7281 says September 5, 2011 at 2:05 AM Degree, As Nature Made Him, Sexology, The Fabric of The Cosmos = SmartPokemon, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter = NerdBooks by Dawkins, Harris, and Sagan = AtheistJesus figurine next to Dawkins books = WisenheimerName on Degree = Female Adam Esch says September 5, 2011 at 2:05 AM Our bookshelves are eerily similar. Brent Royal-Gordon says September 5, 2011 at 2:06 AM Can’t fault any of your selections, but that is not nearly enough books. Lance Finney says September 5, 2011 at 2:07 AM Two copies of Ray Comfort’s bastardization?You have me beat on that.But are either of yours signed by PZ, Greta, Nickell, and Randi? Samantha Grover says September 5, 2011 at 2:10 AM I see intelligent and fun. I also see that Purdue has not changed their diploma formatsince 1986, when my hubby got his. Sam sylvestrus says September 5, 2011 at 2:13 AM It says that you need several hundred more books. sylvestrus says September 5, 2011 at 2:15 AM “Big Sex, Little Death”Susie Bright MadScutter says September 5, 2011 at 2:18 AM You have an absolutely appalling lack of Heinlein novels? skprom says September 5, 2011 at 2:20 AM What, no Terry Pratchett? Carl Viñas says September 5, 2011 at 2:41 AM I have that same bookcase, except it’s filled with computer parts. >_> Carol Thomas says September 5, 2011 at 2:58 AM Giant Microbes(TM) rock! Pieter B says September 5, 2011 at 3:03 AM Went to Purdue.Went to IKEA.Don’t own enough books. Michelle says September 5, 2011 at 3:08 AM It says that we’re soul sisters. Potter, LOTR, Douglas Adams, and–most importantly–the almighty Neil Gaiman. Chris says September 5, 2011 at 3:16 AM “I find your lack of Star Wars disturbing.”…or is it bad form to misquote Darth Vader’s ‘lack of faith’ line to an atheist? (even if the ‘pants’ game is true on that line?) Azkyroth says September 5, 2011 at 3:51 AM Bookcase.Singular?Pfft. :3 Ben Tegland says September 5, 2011 at 4:08 AM Jen, I am happy I am not the only godless geek with “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel ” on my bookshelf. I loved that book. It was a beast to get through, almost as big as a bible, but I loved every min. reading it. Have you read Clarke’s short story anthology — The Ladies of Grace Adieu?? It was great as well. Jeanette says September 5, 2011 at 4:25 AM There’s at least three godless geeks with it! :D Cass says September 5, 2011 at 4:30 AM Not even the Ken Ham book? :) jose says September 5, 2011 at 4:44 AM Ugh Sam Harris.Also Pokemon. Tony says September 5, 2011 at 4:52 AM Conclusions:You are not a book geek. You put sex books next to Dawkins, not sure what Freud would say about that. You haven’t a single shred of OCD in your body or the lack of a hardcover “Sorcerer’s Stone” to complete your HP set would be annoying you immensely. Surprising utter lack of Doctor Who references for an Adams/Gaiman fan. Shaun says September 5, 2011 at 5:14 AM You mean beyond your excellent taste in reading material? I’d say that’s a bookshelf of +5 awesomeness. Guest says September 5, 2011 at 6:15 AM Can’t tell. Not enough books. Azkyroth says September 5, 2011 at 6:16 AM By the way, do you know any materials science people? I ask because I want to test my hypothesis that the cardboard they make Ikea boxes out of has a coefficient of friction lower than that of polished diamond, but I don’t have any to hand. >.> Al Y says September 5, 2011 at 6:23 AM Needs more Catch-22. Big time. dasunt says September 5, 2011 at 6:51 AM Your bookcase states “too few books”. :p I have three bookcases to the right of me, all overflowing with books. A lot of general non-fiction, but some sci-fi, some fantasy, and some fiction. I think the only plushie I have is the herpes one (google “giant plush microbes” for a source).While you are a remarkable person, I am starting to wonder about you. You have far too few books in your household. ;)But you get a plus for going to Ikea. Cheap big-box store bookcases in the US tend to deform under the weight of the books, I’ve discovered, much to my dismay. Jen says September 5, 2011 at 6:58 AM I still have a lot of books back home in Indiana. ANuRa says September 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM Four! I also have the book with short stories!!! Elin Nilsson says September 5, 2011 at 8:15 AM Tells me that you have a very small bookcase. Where are all your books!??! I have three bookcases twice the size of that one and they’re full >.< Azkyroth says September 5, 2011 at 8:30 AM You haven’t a single shred of OCD in your body The meticulously uncluttered and organized space would kind of shoot that down. O.o Azkyroth says September 5, 2011 at 8:32 AM For my own part, the concept of Ikea kind of bugs me, as does the marketing and the stupid gimmicks like having to go through all the little stuff to get to the boxed *furniture*. On the other hand, they seem to be the only furniture manufacturer on earth who has heard of this strange and wondrous invention called a “baseboard.” >.> Anna Jobsis says September 5, 2011 at 9:05 AM Lord of the Rings with movie blargh all over the spines?! … HOW COULD YOU??! Anna Jobsis says September 5, 2011 at 9:06 AM Also: is life of pi any good? I’ve been eyeing it for quite some time. Svlad Cjelli says September 5, 2011 at 9:53 AM Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell!But where are The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories? Svlad Cjelli says September 5, 2011 at 9:57 AM It also tells me that Mickey is in poor health. Simon Faber says September 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM As said before, no Pratchett.Heresy. EllieMurasaki says September 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM Yeah, there are things other than books on the shelves, and there’s nothing on the floor. Not nearly enough books. Praedico says September 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM Let’s see… pretending I didn’t know who this bookcase belonged to:Female; Educated (big ol’ science nerd); probably an atheist, or at least a freethinker; not shy about sex; likes pokemon and sci-fi; owns a pirate hat; has at least attempted to read the Silmarillion (if you have actually read it all, you’re a better person than I).In short: “The person who owns this bookshelf is AWESOME.”There’s a website idea in this: whatdoesmybookshelfsay.com or something :) Riptide says September 5, 2011 at 1:08 PM Missing ‘Neverwhere’, by Neil Gaiman. Otherwise I whole-fistedly approve. Beth Z says September 5, 2011 at 2:06 PM Obviously that you don’t have enough books! There can’t be more than, what, 50 or so volumes there? Beth Z says September 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM It’s an interesting read, I’ll give it that. Rather weird, though. goldenpangolin says September 5, 2011 at 3:55 PM Five. Both it and The Ladies of Grace Adieu are great. Heather says September 5, 2011 at 4:22 PM At least I’m not the only one who likes Harry Potter, LOTR and Jesus action figures O.0 Human2.0 says September 5, 2011 at 4:28 PM I know, right? I was just about to inform her that she needs to read more Pratchett. warner says September 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM In 72 I flew from Illinois to Washington DC with one suitcase for what I thought was a job interview. I was hired on the spot and put to work. No books except the one I read on the plane. It happens to people, I had over a 1000 in Illinois. The Artful Nudger says September 5, 2011 at 7:04 PM I agree on both counts. I was hoping that wasn’t your only bookshelf.(And I see from a subsequent post that it’s not! Hooray! You’d mentioned reading Pratchett in the past, so that was my suspicion.) ajb47 says September 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM Which Fluxx is that? Jen says September 5, 2011 at 7:35 PM Pirate Adam Lee says September 5, 2011 at 8:45 PM I also read both and enjoyed them a lot. Adam Lee says September 5, 2011 at 8:46 PM I didn’t know there was a pirate version! I have the original and Eco-Fluxx, but the games tend to take too long when I mix decks together. Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:54 PM Haha, I bought it at a library book sale. Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:54 PM Nope, it’s Jesus with glow in the dark hands. Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:55 PM I actually haven’t read it yet – I’m borrowing it from a friend! Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:55 PM …I’ve actually only read Good Omens, which is back home in Indiana >_> Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:56 PM I actually haven’t read Jonathan Strange yet – I bought for like 50 cents at a book sale and never got around to it. One day! Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM Yeah, not everything on the shelf is something I’ve enjoyed… Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM Every time I move and have to put my books away, my paperback copy of Sorcerer’s stone annoys me. Then I see something shiny and promptly forget about it. Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:58 PM …I didn’t read LotR until after I saw the first movie. I was 13 >_> Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:58 PM I enjoyed it. Not my favorite book ever, but worth the read. Jen says September 5, 2011 at 8:59 PM I actually like Zombie Fluxx a little more than the Pirate one. the_Siliconopolitan says September 5, 2011 at 9:26 PM It’s so small.And tidy.Where are the Chick Tracts?Is that the new Mickey Mouse tailored for the US market?I actually have that unit. Even with the same birch finish. I put wheels on it, but in the end I’ve never moved it … jose says September 5, 2011 at 9:48 PM Does anyone else here feels discouraged from buying science fiction because of the terribly cheesy cover art? It’s like a plague, and pretty exclusive to science fiction. ajb47 says September 5, 2011 at 10:47 PM I didn’t know there was a Pirate one, either. We like Zombie Fluxx here, but were uninspired by Stoner Fluxx. But then, we’re not stoners. We haven’t yet tried substituting beer/wine/whiskey for blunts/doobies/mary jane. mireille says September 6, 2011 at 12:11 AM One of my favorite books ever… When I heard HBO was making a series based on American Gods, I was only disappointed that it wasn’t Jonathon Strange instead. Especially after seeing Game of Thrones, I think it would be possible to do a great series based on JS & Mr N. Katie says September 6, 2011 at 1:11 AM Hell yeah, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell! I adore that book. It’s a pity that I can’t goad any of my friends into reading it, and just resolve myself to pestering people on the Internet about it.I enjoyed the Ladies of Grace Adieu, particularly “The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse.” Kelley says September 6, 2011 at 1:54 AM Ohey, I made one of those FSMs! :D cr0sh says September 6, 2011 at 2:45 AM You really need to, well worth it… cr0sh says September 6, 2011 at 2:48 AM I think science fiction has -always- had cheesy cover art – have you seen some of the novels from the 1940s-50s? Dripping with cheese! :) cr0sh says September 6, 2011 at 2:49 AM That makes me feel…old. cr0sh says September 6, 2011 at 2:52 AM Yeah – talk to me when you are contemplating which wall of your house to convert to shelving next (currently, I am up to 2.75 walls or so – each about 12 x 8 feet; around a few hundred linear feet total or so)… cr0sh says September 6, 2011 at 2:55 AM I don’t see a copy of House of Leaves in there (seriously, every good home library needs a copy of that book, if only to confound your friends and loved ones)… jose says September 6, 2011 at 2:58 AM Fortunately I haven’t. But thanks for the warning :-D Erika Nolen says September 6, 2011 at 6:03 AM Great post, I concur completely and appreciate the time you took to write it. Cheers! Anna Jobsis says September 6, 2011 at 7:48 AM NO EXCUSE! I was 11 when I read the hobbit. ;-) Anna Jobsis says September 6, 2011 at 8:46 AM Hey! I’m a Dune zealot! (well, original series – the son’s contributions suck ass). Anna Jobsis says September 6, 2011 at 8:46 AM Dune pretty much confirmed to me that I was an atheist. I LOVE, love the orig. Dune series. Anna Jobsis says September 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM I’ve read Hobbit, Silmarillion, LOTR, Tolkien’s letters & Histories of Middle-earth (all of them). I might be a little puritanical. Eamonn Murray says September 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM Very similar in book choices but no Hemingway ? You should really have for “Whom the bell tolls” on the shelf :-) Anitaki says September 6, 2011 at 2:20 PM Hot geek chick. Monado says September 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM You don’t have enough books! Givesgoodemail says September 6, 2011 at 5:46 PM Sex, atheism, spec-fic, and woven versions of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.I guess your local Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t have much chance, do they? GrahamMartin_Royle says September 6, 2011 at 8:16 PM This says that you have nowhere near enough books, go out and get some more, about another 4 or 5 thousand should be enough for a start. Ben Tegland says September 6, 2011 at 11:46 PM Good deal, I actually came across my copy of it at a Dollar Tree store of all places. I was never able to find another copy for a buck . . . but you beat me!Once you start reading it, I am sure you will be hooked! Ben Tegland says September 6, 2011 at 11:47 PM Yeah, there is supposed to be a movie in the works…… but who knows if it will happen. I think it would make a better series as well. Thanks to the mass of the book. Ben Tegland says September 6, 2011 at 11:48 PM I continually check online to see if there is any news about upcoming novels…. I cannot wait! satanaugustine says September 7, 2011 at 12:24 AM Michael Crichton!?! You’re a global warming denialist. ; )Also, not enough atheist books. : ) KenC says September 7, 2011 at 12:48 AM It says… 1. you need a Kindle and 2. you seem to be missing http://www.amazon.com/Kushiels… Brittany says September 7, 2011 at 1:00 AM That your middle name is Christina. :P Quiltrebel says September 7, 2011 at 2:19 AM You don’t have very many books. Baroncognito says September 8, 2011 at 5:30 AM Well, the fact that you have Mostly Harmless means you have awful taste in books. I mean, really, any sensible person ends that series with “We apologize for the inconvenience.” Steve Corbin says September 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM It says you have an awesome brain, and that, barring HP, you’re the type of person I enjoy discussing books with. (Not to hate on HP; just not my thing) Jeff van Booven says September 9, 2011 at 8:32 PM If your only option is to measure the amount of books you have by weight, you’re on the right track. Though, such levels of books do make it a pain to move. Azkyroth says September 10, 2011 at 5:56 AM Unfortunately, the Harry Potter series, while decent in and of itself, got loaded up with so much hype that the writing would have required a level of “solidness” on a par with the forces that hold atoms together in order to withstand the strain. Vanessa says September 13, 2011 at 1:20 AM FAT MICKEY!!! Ani Sharmin says September 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM It shows me that your bookshelf is made of awesome. I like that a whole section is taken up by Harry Potter books and that you have action figures on your bookshelf. In response to your comment above, I also watched the Lord of the Rings movies before reading the books. (I started reading The Hobbit after the first movie was released.)I’ve also concluded, as others have above, that you should have more books. As a student myself, though, I understand that that’s not always financially feasible — that’s why I love used book sales.Happy reading! Stelaze pod materac says November 29, 2011 at 5:43 AM Good post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? Id be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks! airport says February 22, 2012 at 10:43 AM I see that you dressed up as a pirate for some occasion ;) you seem to have a youthful side :) Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.