Thursday, June 18, 2009

Booking Through Thursday

This Thursday, last Thursday, what's the difference? Great prompts are available every guess when, here at Booking Through Thursday.

This (last) Thursday's was:

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?

Okay, fine. I have a few mini-collections in the non-fiction department. Needlepoint books for dreaming, not that I've made a pillow in recent history. Books about the Green Man; I wrote a paper about him years ago, and I've been interested in him ever since. (I even saw him on a building in Montreal once! Wow, was I thrilled! C.S. thought I was nuts.) Memoirs of rural life, for when I move to the country after winning the lottery. Philosophy books, because sometimes you just have to research the nature of reality. Cookbooks, for when creativity strikes.

The books in these collections aren't particularly noteworthy. So instead of describing one particular collection, I thought I would point out the book that forms the linchpin between two of the genres.

The philosophy books fill up about half a shelf, so they have to share their space with another subject. I was casting around for a compatible section, when this book quite naturally suggested how the transition should be made. Of course! The cookbook section should come next!

Because how could I resist an organizational method that creates this sequence?

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