The books I own

I love books. I have a lot of them. I don't know how many, but I probably have around 400 books. Books, to me, are how I often reconnect with the parts of me that I have in common with other people. It's like the author and I share a common experience, but the author is able to put the experience into words that I haven't yet found or taken the time to write myself. 

If you look at the books I have on my shelves, you'll see that they tell my story. They reflect who I am, my individuality, my personality, my dreams and essence. 

What you will discover is that based on the books I own, I like writing and learning about writing and writers and like expressing myself through writing and through some other methods such as sewing, crafts, gardening, designing interior spaces and photography.

I have dozens of cookbooks, because I enjoy good food and want to cook well. I like to expand my mind by understanding life and what makes people tick. I have numerous self-discovery, personal growth books.

I like to expand my physical world as well, and have several book on travel.

I like to read a good story and relax with a well-worn book, so my collection of novels is quite large. I am a romantic, and own several romance novels (I usually only keep the few that I really, really liked).

I like to learn new things, such as languages (I have a few language dictionaries). I am willing to try new things and think about the world in a different way, and have some books on Buddhism, spirituality, as well as a book written by the Dalai Lama.

I also have several children's books and young teen books, because I remain nostalgic for the stories that inspired me to become a writer and the memories the books reinvoke. My mother saved many of the books we had as children because she enjoyed reading them to us or really appreciated their artwork, and I have several of those on my shelves, now that she is gone.

I also have on my shelves several photo albums and family history book of my mother's side of the family. I honor my family and respect my history and where I came from. 

The books I own say everything about me. That I am open-minded, that I love to learn, that I want to be a good person, that I am always willing to learn new things, that I am more than willing to discover myself, that I want to travel and expand my mind and experiences... 

I am my books and they are me and I think that is why I have such a hard time getting rid of any of them. They encompass my world, they describe who I am to anyone willing to notice it.

What do your books say about you?