First of all, I totally got permission to do this, so don’t worry about Chris’ feelings. He’s fine.
Here’s the thing: Chris and I are readers—fiction, non-fiction, science-fiction, instructional, entertaining, informative, provocative—you hand it to us, we’ll read it. We have piles of books in every room and, much to the amusement of visitors, a main bookcase organized first by genre, then, when possible, by color:
You’ll notice the bottom shelf is not arranged with the same care and attention as the others. These are the books that fall into Chris’ Books, Group B. Chris’ Books, Group A are books he brings home that I can totally get into, read, and discuss. Group B books are as follows: graphic novels, science fiction, and step-by-steps of whatever physical quest Chris is into. I began looking through the last of this list recently, after Chris showed me a paragraph in his latest Amazon purchase: The 7 Secrets of Skiing, by one Mr. Chalky White. While I have no doubt that Chalky can ski circles around my ass, an expert carver does not a writer make:
You then managed to consistently fore and aft balance that ROCK. As a result, it then became largely instrumental in your consistent ability to, constantly, get the full length of your skis pressed onto the snow thus, increasing your ability to cause a ski to grip the snow… You did that, knowing only two ‘Secrets’—imagine where you’ll be after seven?
But I’m not picking on Chalky White alone. Here’s my list of Top 5 in Chris’ Collection of Revolutionary Secrets:
- Enter the Kettlebell! Strength Secret of The Soviet Supermen
- Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach To Effortless, Injury-Free Running
- Convict Conditioning: How to Bust Free of All Weakness—Using the Lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength
- Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster, and Easier
and, my personal favorite, based on the cover alone:
5. The Complete Juggler: All the Steps from Beginner to Professional.
How do I incorporate these into our collection? Thoughts? Titles we’re missing? Leave suggestions below.