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?
Well, first there is my academic niche. I feel at times that I have read practically everything history on the second half of fifteenth century England, at least up until Richard III’s death. I once heard my supervisor recommending books to someone else about this and I’d read all of them. I mean, I guess and hope that will be my job eventually, but it is still a little overwhelming! I’m sure there are plenty of books and articles out there that I haven’t considered, but they’re more likely to be pop history or too old to have much relevance (i.e., the historians who made stuff up, and my supervisor is currently investigating one of these guys for me right now).
The only niche books that I read for fun are probably crochet books. I’ve gone a little off crocheting, probably because all of a sudden everyone wanted me to crochet something for them and I rebelled, so I haven’t read anything lately. I also really enjoy cookbooks, especially cupcake cookbooks. I adore cupcakes. I think they’re the perfect dessert, little bite-size portions of delicious cake and frosting, no worries about cutting slices or anything. I have a fantastic cookbook that uses cake mix with some additions to make really cool designer cupcakes. I brought some to a friend’s party once and at least three people asked me how they were made. My kids are going to have the best cupcakes to bring to school, I’m telling you.
What’s your niche?