It's time for an informal poll.
We talk about fiction a lot, but rarely discuss non-fiction. So I want to know- how much non-fiction do you read? Memoir, self-help, history, current events, whatever.
Here's my non-fiction list so far this year:
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Loved this- read it in two days!)
2. Judgement of the Pharaoh: Crime and Punishment in Ancient Egypt by Joyce Tyldesley (Read this in two days as well- needed it for both WIP's.)
3. John Adams by David McCullough (Hefty, but well-worth it! And yes, this is the book HBO based their series on.)
4. Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley (Been at this one a while now- it's good, but 1000+ pages.)
So you tell me: how often do you crack open non-fiction? Any you'd recommend?
I love Alison Weir :)
I'm currently reading a book called The Industrial Revolutionaries, about the men who pushed the first Industrial Revolution ahead. I've also been known to read history books about the middle ages on occasion.
I love flipping through my copy of da Vinci's translated diaries. So many cool ideas there.
Not much, and usually only the stats type ones (e.g, Freakonomics, The Tipping Point).
I loved that Adams book! (also Freakonomics was very cool)
All my non-fiction reading lately has been either science related (User's Guide to the Universe) or writing related (Writing the Breakout Novel). I was more diverse before writing took over my life. :)
I have a non-fiction idea (what don't I have an idea for?) but I don't read a whole lot of it. I don't know why, really, I guess I'm just not usually looking to read it. I'll have to check these out, though!
I delve into non-fiction much more than I used to, but that's still (at best) one for every five I read on the fiction side of things. Though I like to learn new things, I need to be entertained. Ideally, the author delivers both.
A few of my favorites: Freakonomics, A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson), Stiff (Mary Roach), Mom's Marijuana (Dan Shapiro).
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