It’s no secret that I haven’t really felt like reading lately. I’ve hardly read a thing since Rhythm of War came out in November, and none of what I have read – with one nonfiction exception – has made much of an impression on me. Over the years, I tend to go through reading moods, where I want to read only classics or only fantasy or only YA or only mysteries etc. Since November, I don’t seem to be interested in anything except nonfiction (hence the one exception).
The thing is, I’m SUPER picky about nonfiction. It takes me forever to get through a title, and half the time, I read part of a book and that’s enough. Most years, only about 10% of my reading comes from nonfiction, sprinkled into the rest of my reads. And the few times that I go on nonfiction kicks, my finished-books and reviews on the blog tend to be few and far between. Like now.
I do have a lot of nonfiction on my to-read list at the moment. (So much that it’s daunting – more nonfic than I usually read in three years!) And yet, I’m interested in adding to it. Even if I only get through a fraction of these, this is my current list:
- Off Menu by Nell McShane Wulfhart (in progress)
- Compete to Create by Michael Gervais and Pete Carroll
- Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science by Robert Sapolsky
- Coffeeland by Augustine Sedgewick
- Strong Women Life Each Other Up by Molly Galbraith
- Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery
- Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig
- It Could Be Worse: A Girlfriend’s Guide for Runners who Detest Running by Beth Probst
- Gut Feelings: The Microbiome and Our Health by Alessio Fasano
- The Happy Runner: Love the Process, Get Faster, Run Longer by David Roche
- This is All I Got by Lauren Sandler
- What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon
- The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton
- Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
- Down to Earth: Gardening Wisdom by Monty Don
- Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry
- Testimony by Mark Chadbourn
- Understanding Exposure. by Bryan Peterson
What else should I add? Help me make this an even more impossible list! Heh.
I love nonfiction too and I actually signed up for a nonfiction challenge on Goodreads, to help inspire me to actually read all the books I’ve accumulated over the years. I also read a lot of really good books when I coordinated the nonfiction book group at the library. I tend to read the same sort of books so that really pushed me to try new genres. I also do a lot of nonfiction on audio from the library because I’m always listening to something when I walk. Most of my unread books aren’t available for audio download, so I have to choose something different and there’s so much nonfiction out there!
Some of my favorites:
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
Thank you! You’re always one of my best sources for nonfic and I love being able to look back on your lists.
I review a lot of nonfiction for work. One of my favorites is Alexander Chee’s How to write an autobiographical novel. I loved that book and he has a chapter on tarot where he mentions my favorite deck.
War Diaries by Astrid Lindgren (of Pippi Longstocking fame) is another that I can’t stop recommending.
Thanks for the recs! I have to ask: which tarot deck is it?