You Are What You Read. What Does Your Bookshelf Contain?

One of my favorite quotes related to writing is from Stephen King (I think many of you know this by now):

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.

That is why, as busy as I am, I try my best to spend even a few minutes every day reading something that I want to read, and not merely something I have to read because of work. In my case, it’s usually fantasy or sci-fi, with the occasional blog/online publication I read for personal pleasure.

I don’t think I need to convince any of you of the importance of reading for writers. We all know that, don’t we?

This infographic  makes things a bit more interesting, as it takes us into the homes of some public figures who are widely respected (although there may be arguable points when you go through the graphic), specifically taking a look at their bookshelves.

For sure, the books on display are just a small part of their collections, but it does give a curious mind some insight into the people highlighted. Take a look.

You are what you read - bookshelves of famous people

So what do you think? Were you surprised by any of the books on display? Can you relate to any of the individuals featured in the infographic? What does your bookshelf contain?

More on reading:

On Reading: Do You Read the Right Way?

Update Your Reading, 5 Ways to Enhance Your Writing Skills


Noemi Twigg has been writing for Splashpress Media for several years. An English teacher by profession, she has a penchant for words and likes to play around with them. Having been bitten by the travel bug, she aims to discover more languages in the near future as she continues to do what she loves most - writing.


  1. My bookshelf: Austrian economics, classic fiction, philosophy, WWII history and quantum physics.
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