This week'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?
I do a fair amount of niche reading, and am always interested in the unusual titles that other bloggers read. My niche reading tends to fall into three categories:
When The X-Files went off the air in 2000, I didn't think I would ever love another show that much. I was proven wrong in 2007 when a friend told me, "You've got to watch the new Doctor Who series. It's fantastic and you will love it." I watched Series 1 and was absolutely hooked by the third episode, "The Unquiet Dead", where the Doctor and Rose travel back in time and encounter Charles Dickens. And, should anyone wonder: My overall favorite episode is "Blink", but I love all of the episodes that involve historical figures. (Especially "The Unicorn and the Wasp" from Series 4, which centers around Agatha Christie. They worked 18 Agatha Christie titles into the dialogue of the episode.) For Christmas 2007, I received several Doctor Who novels and have since accumulated quite a collection of Doctor Who books. I've reviewed a few of them on Bookish Ruth, and plan to eventually have reviews of all of them here.
It will come as no surprise to regular readers of Bookish Ruth, but I do a lot of Sherlock Holmes-related reading. I was 14 when I first read one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories and have been fascinated by all things Sherlockian ever since. Again, a large percentage of my bookshelves are populated by Sherlock Holmes-related books.
books about lighthouses earlier this year to help prepare an annotated bibliography of lighthouse books for children. This was a very fun and rewarding project for me. Many of my reviews have already been posted here, but I still have several that need to be properly formatted and published to the blog. (Pictured at the right is Cape Neddick Nubble Light. I took this picture on a trip to Maine in 2005.)
And, while I wouldn't really call them niches, I also read a lot of Victorian literature (both books that were written during the Victorian Era and books that are set in that time period) and I love just about any book with a plucky female heroine.
Do you have a reading niche?