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Niche Books

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There are certain types of books that I more or less assume all readers read. (Novels, for example.)

But then there are books that only YOU read. Instructional manuals for fly-fishing. How-to books for spinning yarn. How to cook the perfect souffle. Rebuilding car engines in three easy steps. Dog training for dummies. Rewiring your house without electrocuting yourself. Tips on how to build a NASCAR course in your backyard. Stuff like that.

What niche books do YOU read?

Outside of my usual reading, which consists of mostly fiction and literature, I read books on aviation. Airliner World magazine, Airliners, and Airport are the three periodicals that I peruse for years. Travelogues and Time-Out travel guides also make up of my comfort read inventory. I also subscribe for National Geographics and Men’s Fitness.


9 Responses

  1. We subscribe to National Geographic, too. The New Yorker is another favorite. I have a great number of books on classical music which is my grand passion in life (even more so than literature). Most of them have to do with either the structure and form of my favorite pieces of music, or are histories and biographies. Recently I’ve been sticking pretty much to literature, though. Also, we can boast quite a number of cookbooks, and these get used. My latest acquisition is one entirely devoted to a wide range of potato dishes.

  2. I don’t think I have that many niche books around, except for my cookbooks. Do they count? I have a bunch of old accounting text books that I’ve never opened since college. Do they count?

  3. I think travel guides are great, but most of the times I go for the pictures first, LOL.

  4. You would think with my love of flying machines (yes, I actually typed that :-)) I would read books about airplanes, but I never have.

    National Geographic was a staple in my house growing up. I wonder who I’ve never considered subscribing to it as an adult?

  5. I like travelogues. And National Geographic is a regular too.

    dance baby, dance

  6. Oops! That was my poetry link.

    But feel free to read it!


  7. I guess all my paper crafting books would count. I’ve got quite a little library of books on bookbinding. According to me, I’m going to learn every book structure I read about 🙂

  8. I am a sucker for books that promise to teach you how to build a classic wardrobe with all the “essential” pieces: white shirt, black pants, all that jazz. These books, without fail, want me to end up looking like waitstaff and so I give them to Goodwill–and buy the next one that comes along. Le sigh.

  9. My niche books are …. my Psychology books! 😦 🙂

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