Not long ago, Brigid over at Home on the Range asked, "What's On Your Book Shelf?" The gals and I are avid readers with a wide variety of books from classics, novels, and biographies to guns and survival. Amazon.com constantly teases me with all kinds of recommendations... forget the FBI, I'm being profiled by an online book store... need to work on the OPSEC.
Each year the university and local libraries have a book sale to clear the shelves of those authors who haven't had enough daily hits on their books to survive the cut. Sometimes I find a forgotten treasure or two, but mostly I'm measuring and sizing up the books. When winter rolls around I take a some spare time to hollow out old hard-backs to create a hidden compartment to conceal a handgun or other valuables in plain sight on a friend's book shelf. They make nice gifts at Christmas.
If I'm lucky, a title appropriate for the intended recipient will pop up. An old photography book, Shooting Your Way to a $-Million, seemed like a nice title to edit in a couple of .380s. This year Secrecy and Power: The Life of J. Edgar Hoover will make a nice place to hide a Smith & Wesson J-Frame for a friend of mine... I just have to clear out a few pages, couple of secret files, and some dresses.
Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal was picked up to make a hollowed-out book to hold a Glock 26 for another friend who served in the Navy. I actually ended up reading this book about Forrestal who was our nation's first Secretary of Defense and now I'm re-thinking the re-purposing of my one-dollar investment. Maybe his book might make a good gift as is.
So if you're looking for something to read on my book shelf, ignore the titles and just check out the shooting books.