I find that people's bookshelves are such a clear window into who they are. When I meet with a new design client I always look on the bedside table and book shelves to understand them as a full human being. It helps me hone in on design elements that will reflect their personality.
After a conversation with a good friend (who is an excellent social commentator) about covered books, I went home to see what my shelves said about me. Fiction on one side-alphabetical and non-fiction on the other by subject. Before you call me out for being anal,I worked at Wilson Library in Chapel Hill while I was in college! The fiction is varied-most of Ann Tyler, good Britsh mysteries, my copy of The Awakening from my senior year, two copies of Exremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I treasure my Harry Potters read with Sam. I have hard backs from the 19th century and dog eared paperbacks mingling in a just a little dust. On the non-fiction side I have every book written about Jackie Robinson or the Brooklyn Dodgers, Elaine Pagels next to yoga, much used travel books on London and Paris, an Italian college text book just waiting for that next trip, and the complete David Sedaris. About two feet are devoted to WW1 and social history of the early 1900s-a new interest. For those of you who will read this that do not know me well, can you get a picture of who I am? This type of personal information I look for when I go into someone's home shows me in a few minutes their passions and interests. When I help someone in their kitchen I want to see their batter smeared cookbooks. Everytime I open my Julia Child Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I look at the smudge of chocolate on the Reine de Sabe page and think of all the wonderful times had over that cake!
Your Kindle is a great tool. Especially for Fifty Shades of Gray. But only Amazon will know your preferences. A real book, with its book smell and memories says something about who you are. I can remember clients who had no books, so when I decorated their den I went to the used book store and bought the books I thought they should read. I always thought that was so sad-as if they had no friends. So please-no artifice when it comes to your books. Keep them spines out and proud. You are known by the company you keep.