What Your Library Tells You About Yourself

Alan Marshall Milner
3 min readFeb 19, 2018

My personal library extends to more than a thousand books. They are lined up two rows deep on my bookshelves, with the old potboilers — mainly science fiction and mysteries — hidden behind the more impressive volumes.

Whenever a visitor looks at my bookshelves, sooner or later they always get around to asking me the same question: “Have you really read all of these books?”

I know they are asking this question because they are no longer accustomed to finding large numbers of books on display in someone else’s home. My usual answer…

Alan Marshall Milner

Alan is a poet, journalist, short story writer, editor, website developer, and political activist. He is the executive editor of BindleSnitch.com.