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My Favorite NonFiction

I really enjoy reading nonfiction so I was so glad to hear that a group of bloggers has joined together for the purpose of promoting nonfiction books. They are calling themselves the Bloggers Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees, or BAND for short.

I believe in the concept of lifelong learning. Making an effort to learn something new on a regular basis is what keeps out brains nimble and our attitude on life positive. People of retirement age have numerous options for continuous learning. Elderhostel, now called Road Scholars, is one excellent program. Also, most community colleges open their programs to seniors for little or no cost.

We can take those classes, but another good option is the wealth of nonfiction books available today. Name any subject you have an interest in and there will be dozens of books available.

The Alliance will be asking a question each month to promote the discussion about nonfiction. This month’s question: What kind of non-fiction do  you like?

I looked at my reading list for this year and saw I’d read 18 nonfiction out of 58 books. Not bad. The books all centered around people and food. I like reading about people’s lives, the choices they make, places they travel to, and the food they eat. To me, people are fascinating. I never get tired of reading what they are up to.

An example is Radio Shangri-La. I’d never even heard of Bhutan before I reading that travel memoir. Now I know what it looks like, some of the ideocyncrities of the people, what’s important to them as a country, a bit about their history and hopes for the future. All in one lovely book.

I hope you’ll join in and make nonfiction a part of your reading list, if it isn’t already. For more information about Bloggers Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees, visit their website here: BAND. To read more answers to the question, visit Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness.

16 comments to My Favorite NonFiction

  • I, too, love nonfiction. I have always enjoyed learning new things, and while we can learn from fiction books, we learn a lot more from nonfiction. My favorite kind of non-fiction is probably biography. I’ve read some really good ones about J.D. Salinger, Jane Austen, and Margaret Mitchell. I’m going to check out BAND, sounds like something I can really get behind. Thanks!

  • We just got back from a wonderful Road Scholars program in Monterey on Steinbeck, Jack London, the biology of the natural surroundings, and wine tasting. Road Scholars is great!

  • I think people are fascinating too – I think that’s why I like memoirs so much.

  • I read a lot of nonfiction; in fact, I’m reading about English women novelists from Jane Austen to Iris Murdoch currently. My father was a lifelong learner and I caught the infection from him. Travel writing, memoirs, and biography as well as history are on my shelves.

  • Ash

    Great point about the wealth of information out there. I’ve learned so much from reading nonfiction. It’s made me aware of problems and ideas in the world I would otherwise have no contact with and made me a more interesting person in the process.

  • After school I didn’t read non-fiction for the longest time. In the last few years I’ve started reading more and more. And in the last year or so memoirs have really been finding their way to me. Foodie and travel memoirs are so much fun, too.

  • I like to read nonfiction books : I like a lot biographies (I’m reading “The woman behind little women” and I have one about Frida Kahlo which is waiting for me), books about nature, and all the books where women speak about their life, their thoughts as they are aging and so on ). They help me to improve my mood and help me to act in a better way !

  • I really like nonfiction, but never seem to read as much as I’d like. My daughter just bought a memoir with recipes today called The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jaber… think I may read it, too!

  • This is great! I have Radio Shangri-la from the library right now. I definitely like the life-time learning aspect of nonfiction.

  • I tend to gravitate towards books about countries, food, and life stories. I do like to read about the Civil War time period but not blow-by-blow battle scenes but rather the stories of the people who lived during that time. I just finished Shangri-la last week…made me want to visit Bhutan!

  • very cool. I love nonfiction. Right now I’m reading a lot on nutrition and food, but I love history, science and memoirs too. Life-time learning is important to me too – if I’m not learning something new, I get bored and want to move on in life. That’s why I change jobs every few years!

  • I agree with everything you say about ‘lifelong learning’…. and I too try to read nonfiction. (Radio Shangri-La was one of my favorites too this year — thanks to my favorite book blogger!) One of my lifelong learning goals has to do with fiction as well — I am trying to read at least one “classic” book a month (things I should have read in school but didn’t).

    Another of my goals is to try to blog more about books, but I am not doing too well on that. I want to join this challenge and also the classic bribe one….and maybe I will have time to do that now that we’re settled down in one place for a while.

  • I usually avoid non-fiction like the plague, but have recently developed a love for autobiographies – Stephen Tyler, Rob Lowe and Dick Van Dyke are all laying next to my bed (their books, I mean, not the actual men – although . . .)

  • Amy

    That is a great amount of nonfiction, and interesting choice! That seems to be a type that many like :)

  • I remember in graduate school, a fellow student did a presentation on Bhutan. Fascinating country. Haven’t heard of the book you mentioned. Last year I read Sara Wheeler’s book Evia, about the largest Greek island. Sara spent at least a month traveling around the island, and her descriptions of the way of life there were fascinating (though the history sections could get a bit dry.)

  • I’m a big fan of both people and food, so I wholeheartedly endorse your favorite type of non-fiction! :D