I have one main bookcase in my apartment. (And of course, plans for many more) As I was looking at it the other day, I wondered how much of its contents I’d read. There are widely varying beliefs held about the right way to curate a library, from the ubiquitous articles on which books you HAVE to read, to the answer which Anatole France gave to a philistine who admired his library and asked a standard question:

“And you have read all these books, Monsieur France?”

“Not one-tenth of them. I don’t suppose you use your Sevres china every day?”

I’ve only read a couple books on books, but I do find it fascinating.

My own main bookcase shows me at about a 40/60 split: I’ve read about 40% of the books, 60% stand ready for the call to battle.

Well, bibliophiles, where do you stand? What do you think is the ideal split?


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