Used book sales are a lot of fun, because you can find all sorts of things that are now out of print. I have several collections of different subjects, and one of them is what I’ve decided to call, Home Design. A while back I did a series about redesigning my home library, and how the shape of the subjects my husband and I collected told me something about us in the same way an autobiographical sketch might.
I have a mix between practical how-to books and design books. I differentiate those by whether they tell me how to achieve a particular aesthetic (design) or how to make or fix something (how-to). I also found that I have a fascination with how to manage a home; things as varied as a housekeeping manual (I have several) to how things in the home work (which is the actual title of one of the books).
In my fiction, I have found recurring themes of Home and Belonging. The two are related: how to create that home where one can feel a sense of belonging, and how to find that home in terms of stories and allegories. It’s cropped up in fiction, poetry, and apparently, on my shelves.