Thursday, June 11, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Niche

Today's question:

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?

My answer:

I suppose my 'niche' books have changed, or evolved, over the years as my interests have developed.  Of course, there have been constants. My collection of cookbooks has been growing and changing for almost 25 years.  Some I use often, while others come out only for holidays, a specific season, or a special occasion.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The number of gardening books seems to be increasing. They are kept on an easily accessible shelf for quick reference.
This higher shelf is home to niche books I don't use as much anymore.  Some of my antique furniture and pottery books are her, as well as a few dog books, and child/adolescent/parenting books (I should probably pull these down for a  "teen" refresher!).
The needlework, craft, and decorating books can be found on another shelf, along with various travel guides, and an assortment dictionaries and atlases.  Most of the home remodeling books were donated to the library book sale (we're not doing that again!). If you add in my husband's niche books, the collection looks even more eclectic! 

Read more answers to this question at Booking Through Thursday.


  1. Hmm..good question. I've read some cookbooks, definitely some knitting books, and travel guides for Hawaii.
    That's about it though. However, the next time I adopt a dog, I will definitely read some Caesar Milan first :)

  2. I am impressed. Although my interests too have evolved over the years, I am not as organized as you!

    Booking through niche

  3. For a minute I wanted to go and organize what niche books I do have, but its passed! LOL

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! Looks like you have a nice collection of niche books there!

  5. Antiques - I should look into some books about those. Here are mine: (1) and (2)

  6. Jenny Girl - It sounds like you have a wide assortment, too! I want to get back to knitting again soon.

    Gautami - It looks more organized than it really is.

    Nise' - LOL! Every now and then I get into an organizing frenzy.

    Dot - Thanks! It was another fun question this week.

    Jacqueline - I used to be more interested in antiques when we lived in a house that was 150 years old. The house we live in now is pretty new and I don't get to antique shows very often these days.

  7. I would love to browse your bookshelves JoAnn! I only own a few cookbooks but more than a few books on London. You can definitely find out a lot about a person by their books can't you.

  8. Darlene - I'd love to have you over for tea and bookshelf browsing - lol! I can't believe I forgot to include all my books about books in this post.

  9. I'm with you on the gardening books. I can't seem to get rid of them although I'm not gardening as much as I used to. I keep thinking I will get to it again. And the same with home decoration, not gonna happen but I love to look :D.

  10. Icedream - Those gardening and home decoration books are so beautiful to look at... but very hard to follow through with their ideas! I seem to be in another 'gardening phase' at the moment, but am not sure how long it'll last.


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