Painting a picture of your first-person narrator by having them look in a mirror and describe themselves!
Hunting for the correct book sends you on a wild goose chase. This is the advantage of distant third-person; the author can insert descriptions, exposition and opinions that go beyond the more limited ones the character may have.
It peeks through a keyhole, never walks through an open field. However, it's very difficult to use effectively and to sustain throughout a longform story, so most people avoid it when writing novels. What techniques or self regulation do you employ to maintain a balance that keeps your readers happy?
This opens up many interesting story possibilities.
Behind the glass, a pair of bright eyes darted into view, staring right at me. Yet we only can know what he thinks and interprets based on this.
While this is possible to achieve in third person narratives too, first person narratives capitalize on the nearness to the reader. Just cut out the action of your first person narrator looking, seeing, and acting.
Writing about Action in Other places Your character cannot be everywhere yeah, yeah, er… fantasy fiction exception! This is easiest to see in example.