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What Your Bookshelf Says About You

Book Shelves | Photo by Soham Parikh | Edited by Kayli Thomspon | The Wright State Guardian


A bookshelf can explain the personality of the owner in ways that nothing else can. Below are different categories that every book owner falls into. 

College required textbooks 

Congratulations! You are a college student who refuses to either return their rented books or decided to buy them for future reference. If your bookshelf is filled with college required textbooks, then you plan for the future, use your resources and hold high value in what you have learned. 

A disorganized mess 

No worries, we have all been there. A disorganized mess is nothing to fret about as long as it is not disorganized to you! If you know the exact location of a novel even though no one on earth should be able to locate it, you fall perfectly into this category.

You are the type of person who is constantly busy and always worried that you are falling behind. Take a deep breath. You will get through this and I am proud of you. 

Arranged in the Dewey Decimal System 

The only thing I can say about you is that you must love your local library. The Dewey Decimal System catalogs books by the first three letters of the author’s last name. To know this, you must have spent time looking at each author and arranging them in the perfect order. You are the type of person to always have your life together, no matter what. Just be sure to remember that it is okay for some chaos to enter your life. 

A mixture of all literature in no real order 

Your bookshelf is clean and tidy, but you seem to not care what order you place them in. It is not a big deal, but people who see this side of you might look at you differently once they find out. Not in a bad way, just a different way.

They might pepper you with questions about your favorite books and where you put them at. Organization may not be your strong suit, but you still have order to your life. You are the type of person to sprinkle a little bit of chaos throughout the lives around you. No worries though, everyone loves you for it.  

No books at all 

Clearly, this article is not for you, but your curiosity is admirable. If you want to start your own collection of books then this is your sign! There is no time like now to begin your journey. If buying books is not your thing, then consider heading to the library and looking at their collection (it is typically amazing.) 


Roxanne Roessner

Wright Life and Laker Life Editor