Hi, Chris. This is a late entry but I just joined the Forum. Hear The Wind Sing-- that title sings, doesn't it?
I have been a dedicated bookworm all my life. I usually read a cluster back and forth. That doesn't help my memory about what I read, of course. And I re-read a lot. I love travel books.
Agatha Christie's account of life on the Iraq digs with her archaelogist husband, Max Mallowa, Come Tell Me How You Live, is great fun.
Susan Allen Toth's England As You Like It, one of her three travel books around England, walking along canal tow paths, and following the Cornwall coastal paths.
Cache Lake Country by John Rowlands about life in the North Woods with great b x w illustrations by Henry B. Kane.
I read those every year or so, or just browse through them more often.
And art books. Got one from Oriental Art Supply called Drawing Trees and some of the pictures are gorgeous in color.
Just got The Mustard Seed Gardening Manual of Painting, also from OAS.
Instruction books by Zoltan Szabo, Judith Campbell-Reed, Diana Kan, and am expecting that book about TV sketching that Russ spoke about, and two books about composition/design.
Years ago I read an interview with Rudolph Arnheim, the Psycholgy of Art guy, and was enchanted, so I got his books. What I can understand is enchanting, but his The Power of The Center, about visual composition, can be a little heavy going for me in a lot of places.
I would love Audio Tapes if I weren't so deaf. The old Radio plays of the 30's, 40's and 50's (yes, I am an old ancient ) were wonderful fun. You had actors with such voices ! Mercedes McCambridge could turn her voice into anybody at all.