Which Niche Books Do You Read?

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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?

I think a lot of people probably read the same “niche” books as me – on cookery, gardening, health, nutrition, travel and crafts, such as knitting, cross stitch and so on. I also have quite a lot of books on yoga, religion and philosophy and also on creative writing. Looking on my bookshelves I see I also have books on photography, which I’d forgotten about – Digital Photography Handbook and Learn Photography in a Weekend, now those sound useful.

I’m much better at reading these books than I am at putting them into practice.

20 thoughts on “Which Niche Books Do You Read?”

  1. I love to browse through cookbooks and have recently renewed my interest in sewing. I have a stack of cross stitch pattern books that I flick through occasionally and dream of the time when I will get myself organised enough to take up this hobby again.

    I also enjoy reading about Australian history and share an interest in art books with my daughter and railway history books with my son.

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  2. I forgot about the grammar books that I bought a while ago – just in case I get inspired to do a bit more writing! It seems like you love every section of the bookstore!

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  3. Isn’t it true – somethings are so much easier to read about than to do! We have stretching books we’ve never touched, photography books I just dust, cookbooks that just look pretty on the shelves, and so on. And star gazing books, even though we never seem to go outside at night anymore for one reason or another!

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  4. Wow — that is a great variety of books. I really need to branch out. I mainly read fiction with the occasional non-fiction book thrown in.

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  5. Checking different blogs I think cookery books are the most popular.Your photography books sound interesting, I bet it would take me longer than a weekend though, lol!

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  6. My niche books include cooking and reference books on herbal remedies, vitamin supplements and herbal teas. Oh, and when I was younger, astrology. But like you, it’s harder to practice them than read about them! Good point!

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  7. “Bridge for Dummies,” “Chess for Dummies,” French for Dummies,” etc. (Note: I play neither play bridge nor chess, nor do I speak French at anything but a high school level!)

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