Have you ever thought about how the books you read help shape your identity?
In the process of moving house most of my books were lying in my garage in boxes so I thought it was about time they went on a bookshelf
A queer thing happened as I started putting together my bookshelf
I realised I simply did not want to display or keep certain books.
While these books had bought me great joy at a point in time, they did not represent the person I am at this moment and part of it is because I have grown out of those genres.
16 year old me would never even think of touching a non fiction book let alone a self help book but 19 year old me proudly displays her collection of historic, political and spiritual books.
This got me thinking, the books we read end up forming such a big part of our identity. I know it seems like every book doesn’t leave its mark but if you’re an avid reader, over time, the myriad of books you’ve read becomes a physical representation of the person you were at certain points in time.
In my early teens, I was a sucker for fantasy, contemporary and romance novels but as I’ve grown my taste has changed into classics, psychological and spiritual readings.
How much of your identity comes from the books you read?