"So … the books that you own (however many there may be) … do you display them proudly right there in plain sight for all the world to see? (At least the world that comes into your living room.)
Or do you keep them tucked away in your office or bedroom or library or closet or someplace less “public?”"
I have the great fortune of a room in my house that is..85% dedicated to books. The 15% is that its closet holds most of my clothes. And all of my chargers are in there, too.
However, because this is a spare bedroom, it is on the second floor and thus "tucked away" so I am hardly showing it off. Since I still have those old V.C. Andrews and V novels, I consider this a good thing.
Further, the bookcase that holds my To Be Read books is in my bedroom. You couldn't see the books anyway, because in front of them are..more books.
I don't think so much about whether anyone else can see my books. I think things like, "Do I really want to have to run downstairs at midnight when I want to find something?"