This week BTT asks about the niche books we read. You know – special genres, or those esoteric works, or books that concentrate on one particular subject. And I have to admit this was a tough question for me. At first glance, I would have said I don't really read any "niche" books. I don't read how-to manuals or cookbooks. I do like to read books about books – bibliomysteries and the like; but that's really more of a sub-genre of fiction, not exactly what we're talking about here.
But then I started thinking about it. And I realized that while I may not actually do a lot niche book reading, I certainly do some niche book collecting.
I suppose the closest I've ever come to real "niche" reading would be the doll-collecting books I read back in the '90s when I was building my collection. But I don't really read those anymore, except for looking up an occasional fact or price or other reference-type article. I still read Doll Reader Magazine – does that count?
I have a few books on needlework and fabric crafts, but I don't actually read them. I did some needlepoint years ago, and keep thinking I'm going to get back into it one of these days, so I've collected a few books on the subject. But it's not really something I'm actively involved in.
I guess the biggest "niche" collection I have is theater- and acting-related. Many, many centuries ago, I started out intending to work in the professional theater world, and I have a huge collection of plays, scripts, playbills and programs, and books on theater and stagecraft. That's mostly all packed away in storage now, along with my youthful dreams. And so it goes.
Oh, and one more – home decorating and architecture. Although I don't really read them all – I do collect books on modern architecture and decor. I love everything Mid-century or Mod, and I have a pretty good collection of books on the subject. As I say, I can't claim to have read every word of every book, but I love, love, love looking at all those thoroughly modern interiors.
So I guess I am one of those niche readers after all.