When you visit a friend’s house, do you find time to browse their bookcases? Does it shock you if they don’t have one?
It depends on how well I know the friend. If I know them well enough that they won’t mind me taking a look at what they’ve got on their shelves, I will do it. But I feel like they would mind, I may only cast a glance at the shelves and look for familiar spines — probably similar to the ones I may have on my shelves at home or have read at one time or another.
As for not having bookshelves in an area that my friend allows me to visit of their home, I’m not surprised. They could have bookshelves in other parts of the home, like I do. And it could be possible that their bookshelves are like mine — packed to the gills with books I’ve read and books I want to read. And they don’t feel like having the whole world see what appears on the outside to be disorganized but deep inside my mind, I’ve really got a reason for why each book is placed where it is — or at least I did when I put them up on the shelf.