For Dummies: What does your bookshelf say about you?

Producers of the For Dummies series claim 250 million books in print and more than 1,800 titles. Millions of readers can’t be wrong. They certainly don’t have anything to be ashamed of, right?

It seemed harmless when my niece recently asked to peruse my book closet. Then she poked her head out and asked, “Why do you have so many For Dummies books?”

I immediately felt exposed. What other books did I have in there? What else was my loudmouth book collection saying about me? Oh, no. What if she found the book? You know, the book that is perfectly moral for an adult woman to have but not something you gab about with a 10 year old.

Alone with my books, I took an inventory. I have nine For Dummies books (home buying, stock investing, pregnancy, etc.). The rest of my book collection falls neatly into categories:

  • Writing
  • Children’s Books
  • Family and Marriage
  • Personal Finance
  • Biblical
  • Fiction (just a tiny bit)

What do my books say about me?

Enlisting a stranger to analyze my collection was too risky. So I pretended to be a curious party guest. I tiptoed so the “hostess” wouldn’t discover me and toss me out.

I snuck into the book closet for an unbiased peek. This lady really likes to read about writing, I thought. Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale is so 1992. Why would she alphabetize her For Dummies books like that?

After I scolded myself for being such an obnoxious, snoopy guest, I came to a conclusion. My books tell the story of who I was, am, and will be. And I’m good with that.

To My Readers: Do you have any secret books (come on, I won’t tell)? What can people learn about you by looking at your book collection? Do you own any For Dummies books?

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About Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson is a Dallas-based freelance writer who specializes in college planning, parenting, women’s lifestyle, education, and self-help. But she's always hungry to munch on new topics. In addition to writing for The BookWormMama blog, Nicole provides content, copywriting and proofreading services for various publications.


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