Readers tend to judge others by the books on their shelves. And this is a socially acceptable practice. Don't go through their drawers or their medicine cabinet or their mail, but an even more pronounced form of voyeurism, mentally inventorying every last title in their homes or offices, is just fine. And don't tell me you don't make judgements based upon what you see. That you haven't identified a potential friend or lover by seeing what they read.
A email from the Strand bookstore arrived in my inbox this week, offering a link to an author's bookshelf. Karen Russell. I greatly enjoy her quirkiness and wanted to see what she reads. So I clicked through immediately and found many books I already own and enjoyed plus a few new things to lust after.
And clicked away from the page feeling more excitement about reading her newest book over my upcoming break. Because I have seen her shelves.