That said, I do have a pretty fair collection of books. If I like a book, I keep it. If a book has some interesting or memorable ideas, then I want to keep them around. I guess I read maybe 70% non-fiction. I've got:
- A bunch of bio texts from university (some because it was too late to sell them, some because I liked the course).
- Some popular science books, mostly related to human health, neuroscience and cognitive science
- Some psychology, self-help, and social psych/cultural studies books
- A few books on weight control and strength training (never got into that the way I wanted to).
- Some books on dogs, dog training, and animal behaviour.
- Some PostSecret books.
- Some compilations of articles from 'The Onion'.
- A few other humor books.
- Random novels: mostly 'true to life' ones, since I've never gotten into science fiction or fantasy. Most books I have from any one author is five, by Nick Hornby.
- A few biographies/real life stories. No real pattern. I've got Kary Mullis (Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry), Ekaterina Gordeeva (Olympic champion pairs skater), Dan Savage (sex advice columnist) and some woman who was sentenced to a home for 'wayward girls' at age eighteen for having an interracial relationship.
I've got a whole shelf of books I haven't gotten around to reading...just picked them up and got excited about reading them but never got around to it.