Today I moved the bookshelf from the living room to my “dry” room (room with dehumidifier). The pages of some of the books are beginning to stick together in this humid weather.
Based on my collection of cookbooks, I must be a domestic goddess! Or a domestic book collecting goddess 😛 I really like the Culinaria series of “coffee table” cookbooks. The most used cookbook is probably Momofuku for the kimchi and ginger-scallion sauce recipe. Some books like the French Laundry and Bouchon Bakery are nice to read but I will never attempt to use those recipes. Good as occasional bedtime reading material.
Some books are directly relevant to my work, like my books on writing. I think that copy of the Elements of Style was from the time I was working at MPH.
And some books are somewhat relevant to my work – books that inspire creativity or productivity.
Then there are those fun books. I like reading graphic novels. Over and over again.
Or books in the things that I’m currently interested in. I’m a firm believer that you can learn pretty much anything via books. You can even learn to train to run a marathon from a book. Or learn to be a semi-expert in taking care of pets. I forgot to take a picture of my ukulele books. I think that’s one of few areas that I didn’t learn to do well via reading 😀
And books in areas that I was once interested in. One time I was interested in making my own clothes. I think I have the capacity to be good in that. But I would need to get a sewing machine which I wasn’t prepared to invest in one. The interest died down soon after that.
I was also interested in movie making and photography. But those interests did not last long. Probably these are areas that you can only get better at from deliberate practice.
Anyway, all the books have been moved into the dry room.