Monday, April 16, 2012

Non-Fiction Reads

If you follow me on Goodreads, you'll see that I don't read a lot of non-fiction. That said, I do enjoy non-fiction on occasion. I just prefer the escape of fiction.

In the last year, I have read a couple of non-fiction books that I really enjoyed. First and foremost, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Couldn't put it down. I loved it so much that I bought copies for my Dad and my brother. We had great discussions about the book.

I also read Karen Walker's memoir, Following the Whispers.  A very gut-wrenchingly real and touching book.  In my TBR pile, I've got Tim Tebow's and Steve Jobs' books that I'm looking forward to diving into one of these days.  Not too long ago, I re-read Stephen King's On Writing, which reads more like a memoir than anything else but I did enjoy it immensely.

Do you read much non-fiction?  Have you read any lately that you could recommend? I'm always on the look-out for a good read.  I swear I'd be happy reading the phone book than reading nothing at all.  Seriously.

15 comments:

Beverly said...

The Daily Coyote: Story of Love, Survival, and Trust In the Wilds of Wyoming by Shreve Stockton Loved the book and continue to enjoy her on a daily basis via Twitter and www.dailycoyote.net

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't read a lot of non-fiction either but I was really impressed with Karen's book.

Talli Roland said...

I really enjoyed Karen's book too.

I do read a lot of non-fiction - I'm a big fan, actually! I recently read 'Love Letter of Great Women', which was fascinating.

Angelina Rain said...

I love reading memoirs! I haven't read any in a while, but "Lucky" by Alice Sebold (sp?) comes to mind. I loved that one, it was very well written. I also enjoyed "A Long Way Gone" but I forgot the boy's name who wrote the book. "Marley and Me" is another good one.

Maggie McGee said...

I read nonfiction constantly. One of my favorites is "The Cosmic Serpent" by Jeremy Narby.
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Karen Walker said...

Liz, I am honored that you chose my memoir as one of your few non-fiction reads. Thank you so much and thanks Alex and Talli for the kind comments as well.
I have always loved both fiction and non-fiction and read a lot of both, depending on my mood. I'm currently reading books on spirituality mostly and loving it very much.
Karen

Cold As Heaven said...

I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly science papers and journals as part of my job. Can be quite interesting, actually >:)

Cold As Heaven

Jessica Bell said...

I loved Karen Walker's memoir! I've met her face to face and she is SUCH an amazing woman. Another good memoir I've read recently was Ann Best's In the Mirror.

Danette said...

Just finished Hemingway's Boats which is an interesting approach to a sort of biography. It was good and I am going to review it on Goodreads one of these days.

Trisha said...

Nope, I don't read much of it, but I have been known to read a bit! I do believe that non-fiction can be even more amazing than fiction for the "Wow!" factor sometimes. As the saying goes, "You couldn't make this stuff up."

DayDreamer said...

Nothing specific to recommend, but I do love biographies, mostly of historical people from the 17th and 18th centuries, such as Byron. After a while you get to see the same people pop up in mentions in other biographies if you read enough of them. Cook books too, yes you can sit and read them - not just follow the recipe whilst cooking a meal :)

Tracy Jo said...

I will have to check out Unbroken and I need to read Karen't book too. I feel behind on reading and need to make more time for it. Thanks for the recommendations! :-)

Cassie Mae said...

I don't read a lot of non-fiction either, but I'm always on the look out for recommendations!

Jeremy Bates said...

I am currently reading a nonfiction book entitled 'Most Evil' by Steve Hodel. It's not for everyone as it is gruesome at points.

It was written by a former LAPD detective that opened up a cold case file on a mass murderer. Without giving it away, the murderer was his father.

It is compelling and very difficult to put down.

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks for all the new recommends, all! I appreciate it. And my nook loves you. :)