On the Reader’s Shelf

My reading is eclectic. I have a set of shelves for fiction, alphabetical by author. That’s not odd. I also tend to collect antique children’s books. That’s not odd either.

The non-fiction is where it starts looking odd. The general categories:

  • Space exploration, history of NASA programs, biographies of astronauts, astronomy
  • History (mostly American, some British), natural disasters on land (all historical), myth-dispelling
  • Meteorology textbooks, hurricanes, tornadoes, history of forecasting, blizzards, climate
  • Sailing, single-handed sailing, historical and modern shipwrecks, experimental voyages, castaways
  • Medical and nursing texts, breastfeeding, pediatrics, old first-aid books, old home-nursing books (Red Cross), medical memoirs, histories of various diseases, medical history
  • Architecture styles, tours of various houses,
  • Travel guides (old and new)
  • Sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, crafting guides
  • Humor (Dilbert, Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, Edward Gorey, Erma Bombeck, Chas Addams…)

Anyone else have an interest in any of those?

6 thoughts on “On the Reader’s Shelf

  1. I like that you collect antique children's books! I bet your children love looking through them!

    I enjoy reading several of those categories as well. History, shipwrecks, and architecture are my top 3 favorite on your list. Although, I must confess I mostly stick to fiction. Historical fiction to be precise 🙂


  2. LOL!! I have some of all those genres!!!! Or rather I should say “we” have, since our entire family has rather eclectic reading habits. My oldest in particular can spend hours with Atlases! 🙂 We have quite a few history books since that's a major interest around here – particularly books on WWII and the Civil War. The books that dispel historical myths are big around here too. We seem to collect books about saints or written by them as well. The boys are currently reading one called St. Cosmos Apostle to Zaire which they're both really enjoying. A funny thing about the “humor” genre is when we find ourselves “quoting” from something like The Far Side when an occurrence of daily life brings one of them to mind. It sure can make for interesting conversations!!


  3. My husband is currently working his way through my inherited and well-worn humor books, mostly on the Erma Bombeck part of the spectrum.

    I didn't know you were interested in space exploration! My dad used to work at NASA.

    I still remember chortling with glee over my 1909 edition of Baedeker's Central Italy before going to Rome for a three-week Latin class, and wondering how much had changed since then. (But that's my only travel guide besides the AAA kind, I think.)


  4. I collect old children's books; namely Elinor Brent-Dyer's Chalet School series, dating back to the late 1920s, Elsie Oxenham's Abbey Girls series, Mabel Esther Allen's books and a few others.

    Also theology books, books in and about Latin, history, especially WW2, natural history, medicine and midwifery.


  5. Nonna, I love the book about St. Cosmos!

    The antique children's books are (and this isn't all – just what I can think of off the top of my head): Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Donna Parker, Vickie Barr, Cherry Ames, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (and sequel), Mary Poppins, Jalna, and also just old copies of classics.


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