Booking Through Thursday: In the Niche


Here is this week’s Booking Through Thursday 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?

Books on writing. That’s definitely a niche category I read. I’m sort of addicted to them. I try to swear off them but then run into a good one like Write Away by Elizabeth George, and, well, I tap my vein  . . .

Other niche categories:

  • Computer books. I’m no techie by any means, but I like to find How To books on blogging, and have been trying to teach myself HTML, etc.
  • Hiking/Backpacking. I started hiking seriously in 2003; I’ve been checking out books, especially for sections on equipment and supplies–how much water or food to carry? or good trails and map reading.
  • Cooking. For years I’ve relied on The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking to help keep myself fed, sort of. I really would like to learn to cook better.
  • Self-help/Self improvement. I must confess I do like to delve into the self-help section sometimes, and have found some of the books helpful, especially with confidence issues. If any of you out there have a copy of The Art of Confident Living by Bryan Robinson that you want to give away, let me know. That’s one I want to read.
  • Religion/Spirituality. Devout agnostic that I am, I am also infinitely interested in religion. Religious history is interesting, as well as spiritual biography/autobiography. Karen Armstrong is a favorite author in this category. I’m also interested in Zen Buddhism, and would love any recommendations about books on Zen practice, especially meditation. 
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2 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: In the Niche

  1. I find some solace in the fact that I’m not the only one with a ‘techie’ niche, although my post seems to be only geek-speak.

  2. I’m also addicted to books on writing. I’m sad to say I even bought the same book twice, thinking, this sounds vaguely familiar but looks really good.

    Other niche books are meditation and Zen Buddhism. Two that I especially liked and found useful are “At Home in the Muddy Water” by Ezra Bayda and “Mindfulness in Plain English” by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. Alan Watts’ work is great too, but sometimes makes my brain ache.

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