While reading on the web, I read this quote and I felt it resonated with my own thoughts about book shelves. So I am sharing the quote here.
"If I step up to a shelf and look at the books one by one, I can remember something about each. As a historian once said, some stare at me reproachfully, grumbling that I have never read them. One may remind me vaguely of a time when I was interested in romantic novels. An old college text will elicit a pang of unhappiness about studying. Each book has its character, and even books I know very well also have this kind of wordless flavor. Now if I step back from the shelf and look quickly across both bookcases I speed up that same process a hundredfold. Impressions wash across my awareness. But each book still looks back in its own way, answering the rude brevity of my gaze, calling faintly to me out of the corner of my eye. At that speed many booksremain wrapped in the shadows of my awareness--I know I have looked past them and I know they are there, but I refuse to call them to mind.” ― James Elkins, The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing
How do you look at the books in your bookshelves? Some books may remind you of a phase that you were going through, probably a challenging one whereas other books may remind you of a trip down memory lane or something exciting that you did.
Tell me more about the books that seem to beckon you. Do you look past them or through them or at them?