It is interesting to catch a glimpse of how various people feel about books as part of home decorMatt Selman's rules
(which largely boil down to only display books in public areas if you have read them)Scott McLemee
points out that Ezra Klein has a very different view. McLemee quotes Klein as saying, “Bookshelves are not for displaying books you’ve read, those books go in your office, or near your bed, or on your Facebook profile. Rather, the books on your shelves are there to convey the type of person you would like to be
I can see both sides of the argument and in all honest my bookshelf has books I have read and books that relate to who I wish to be but haven't yet read.
Edited to add: I should note that when I display books, I am actually only displaying them to myself. I have lived in my current apartment since August of 2006 and in that time 7 people have been inside and that includes my landlord, his wife, and the Comcast contractor who installed my cable. My actual guests have been sacredchao
, and Jon. That says something about me and I am pretty sure it is a negative thing.
The thing I have never understood is buying and displaying a library of books because the colors/style match your decor.