Do you judge a book by its cover? Do you judge a person by the books on their shelves? I know I do – at least in the “could we be kindred spirits?” sense – if judgment, in this case, can mean making an assessment about who they are, how they think, what their priorities and interests are.

I took these photos yesterday of the books I had shipped here from the US (although a couple were mailed by friends or family). Not pictured: one shelf of Albanian-English dictionaries & grammars, and about 100 children’s books. You are welcome to judge me as much as you like – and make lots of comments especially on the parenting-books shelf! If nothing else, it demonstrates my lack of clear focus. Oh, and can you spot the ALI blogger books?

What are you reading? (I promise I won’t judge you!) 🙂

dissertation books 1

dissertation books 2

personal and parenting books


7 Responses to “bookshelf”

  1. sharah Says:

    That you (the universal you) have enough books to need a bookshelf is enough to make me give someone a chance.

    And I have only had the time and energy to read one book in the last year. And even then, it was a re-read of an Anne Rice that I’ve had for years.

    • Elizabeth Says:

      I thought when I was packing these that it would be reasonable to expect myself to read a book a week this year, once I started working again. HAHAHAHAHAHAH! I’ve made it through ONE academic book in ten months (and ten non-academic, so you can see where my true priorities lie…)

  2. Claire Says:

    I see Melissa’s book. Are there other bloggers? You should make this into a meme or whatever they call it. It would be fun to see others bookshelves too. I can tell you are an academic into linguistics / anthropology / sociology from this. And a mom.
    Nice post:)

    • Elizabeth Says:

      Yeah! Half-Baked is a memoir written by Alexa Stevens, who writes the Flotsam blog. She was pregnant with IVF boy/girl twins, and the boy, Ames, died in utero at something like 21 weeks. The girl, Simone, was born just past 24 weeks and is now 3 years old.

      I would LOVE to see other people’s bookshelves or a stack of books by your bed or whatever. How do you start a meme?

  3. coffeegrljp Says:

    I’m reading “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” by Peggy Orenstein. I read “Waiting for Daisy” a few years ago and quite enjoyed it. This book is relevant to me too (it’s like we’re leading parallel lives in some ways – she and I). I’m also reading Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff – good fluffy, action packed stuff. I’ve also got NurtureShock in the queue and have delved into a few chapters. There’s a chapter on parents talking about racism with their kids that is especially interesting to me. Maybe I should just snap a photo of my current “to be read” pile of books from the library. There are always too many!

    Lives in Translation and Growing Up Bilingual look pertinent to our household. I may need to investigate these and add them to my list! Thanks for sharing!

    Also, this looks a lot like some of the stuff I read in college – Weber, Adrienne Rich, Foucault, etc. I focused on “minority group politics” so did a lot of classes with feminism, queer theory, African-American history and politics, and the like. I don’t think I ever did more than scratch the surface. Your work sounds pretty cool!

    • Elizabeth Says:

      Yes, do snap a picture of your to-read pile and post it! That would be awesome!

      I haven’t read Lives in Translation but I have read another book by the same authors – Children of Immigration – which is quite good. Growing Up Bilingual is an ethnography, so a fairly detailed and specific description of one particular community although the principles distilled are of course applicable beyond that. I loved that book, it’s very encouraging in terms of understanding and marveling at the linguistic capabilities of children.

      Sounds like your undergrad studies overlapped a lot with what I’m trying to work on 🙂

  4. Rachel Says:

    I usually don’t actually buy books unless I can’t get my book club books from the library, so most of the books on my shelves are text books, gifts, or something from church (most of the classes I attend are based on a book). They don’t really reflect me. On the other hand even though I read a lot, I am very scattered about what I read and usually pick things at the library randomly. Even if I take a list of things I want to read with me, I rarely follow it. I’m working on that though. Because I’m so scattered with my reading, I try not to judge what others read, although I do find it interesting.

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