BTT: Niche

bttThere 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?

There aren’t any niches in which I read a lot of books, but I suppose that there are some books I read that really wouldn’t interest a lot of people.  One very current niche is the one dealing with pregnancy, babies, and parenting.  Things like “Your Best Birth,” “Your Amazing Newborn,” breastfeeding books, and books about babies’ development.  Some people are past bieng interested in this information, others aren’t yet or won’t be.  The ones that aren’t yet may want the information later, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be particularly interested now.

Other areas in which I like to read that not everyone does: history, particularly American and European history – I prefer to start my history of other areas with historical fiction, when I become more comfortable with them I can move to more traditional history; ‘big history’ – big history differs from other history in that it often includes a lot more science-y stuff, here I’m thinking things like “Guns, Germs, and Steel.”  I’m also interested in books about education, cook books, and occasionally knitting books.

What’s your niche?

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