I come from a bookish family. My folks have an extensive collection of Russian novels, nonfiction about Native Americans, and miscellaneous fiction. Remind me to tell you about My Search for Warren G. Harding at some point. Brilliant. Anyway it’s normal to me to have a room or three full of bookshelves, loaded up with books. Even if you look at them only infrequently.
In fact, I have apparently not looked at parts of my library shelf in any detail for quite a long time. Because I just accidentally re-discovered two books I had completely forgotten, both of which fit fabulously into blog themes like chess and brain exercise.
First: Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, by Raymond Smullyan. Retrograde analysis problems in an entertaining Holmesian framework. (Retrograde analysis means you’re given a position and you have to figure out the preceding moves.)
Second: Keep Your Brain Alive by Katz and Rubin. I had no idea I owned such a book. “83 Neurobic Exercises”, some as simple as brushing your teeth with your off-hand. Point being that it’s the unexpected, not the routine, that keeps your synapses on their toes. (Did I not just promise you mixed metaphors?)