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Today's genre discussion is all about non-fiction. I have to admit that on the whole, I tend to stay away from non-fiction. When I read, I like a good story. That's not to say that I haven't read non-fiction or that I will not read it, it's just not usually my go-to choice.
I recently came across a series of non-fiction books that definitely appeal to me. It's a series called History in an Hour and basically they are short pieces of non-fiction on a specific topic. So far, I've only read one - Henry VIII's Wives by Julie Wheeler. I love anything having to do with the Tudors, but normally stick with historical fiction. This, though, was great - it was a fun, quick look at each of the six wives of Henry. Because I enjoyed this one so much, I got a couple more, but just haven't had time to read them yet. I think I got one on JFK and one on Queen Elizabeth. Have you heard of these?
Besides my love of all things Tudor, I also have a deep-seated love affair with all things Kennedy. I have quite a collection of books that I've picked up from library books sales, book stores, and yard sales. Some of the books are about the whole family - like The Kennedy Men and The Kennedy Women both by Laurence Leamer. Then I have some biographies and memoirs such as The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy: Times to Remember by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, along with a handful of books on Jacqueline Kennedy - Jackie After O by Tina Cassidy and Reading Jackie by William Kuhn. Unfortunately I have yet to read any of these, but I will get to them one of these days!
So, beside the Henry VIII's Wives, here are the books I've read and enjoyed that fall into the non-fiction category:
- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen & David Oliver Relin
- Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
- Reading Lolita in Tehran by Asar Nafisi
- What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen
- Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
- Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time by Carissa Phelps
So, what about you? Do you read non-fiction? If so, what types and if not, why?
_____________________________________________________________ Previous ArmchairBEA 2013 posts:
- Day 1: Introductions
- Day 1: Genre Discussion: The Classics
- Day 2: Blogger Development
- Day 2: Genre Discussion: Genre Fiction
- Day 3: Giveaway Day
- Day 4: Ethics in Blogging