“I suddenly had a little epiphany: all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. My music is me, too, of course—but as I only really like rock and roll and its mutations, huge chunks of me—my rarely examined operatic streak, for example—are unrepresented in my CD collection. And I don’t have the wall space or the money for all the art I would want, and my house s a shabby mess, ruined by children… But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to article who we are, whether we read the books or not.”

— Nick Hornby (via)