Monday, April 16, 2012

Non-Fiction Reads

I get the sense many of my readers write and read primarily fiction.  Although I write fiction and read mostly fiction, I read non-fiction books occasionally too.  Some of the non-fiction I read is outside the kidlit arena.

Excluding books about writing and cookbooks, here are three of my recent non-fiction reads:

DEAR BULLY: 70 AUTHORS TELL THEIR STORIES edited by Megan Kelley Hall (Young Adult- HarperTeen) Kidlit authors share their experiences with bullying growing up. 

BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey (Adult-Little, Brown & Company) With her usual comedic flair, Tina writes about her childhood, her theater days, and her entry into the entertainment industry.   

BAD GIRLS: 26 WRITERS MISBEHAVE edited by Ellen Sussman (Adult- W. W. Norton & Company) Adult writers share the naughty deeds they've committed when they were younger.

I just noticed my recent non-fiction reads all comprise of narratives from writers!

Do you read non-fiction? What are some non-fiction books you've read?


Lynda R Young said...

I read books on writing and I read devotional books and biographies.
That Dear Bully one sounds interesting.

Nick Wilford said...

I tend to browse non-fiction books rather than read through them, as some can be very large (I have a look at my parents' ones when we're there - they're constantly buying books). I do enjoy music biographies and books discussing word meanings, their origins and suchlike.

Nick Wilford said...

And ones on writing, of course - though not so much since I started blogging!

Mina Burrows said...

If I read any non-fiction, it's usually self-help books. I hear Tina Fey's book is awesome. Thx for sharing. :)

Jay Noel said...

I like to read historical non-fiction. I'm a big Tina Fey fan. I bet that's an interesting read. Does she explain where she got that scar from?

Daisy Carter said...

I read Non-fiction, but not nearly as often as novels. I always enjoy biographies of old movie stars - Sinatra, Howard Hughes, Audrey. I have a Grace Kelly on my TBR list.

The bully one sounds really interesting. Thanks for the recommendations!

Lynn Proctor said...

i love non-fiction and didn't use to read anything but---i really love biographies

Cynthia said...

Lynda- Dear Bully was an interesting read.

Nick- I also like to find out about word meanings and origins. I suppose my learning Latin back in school helped cultivate that interest.

Mina- I'd be curious to know which self-help books you've read and liked.

Jay- Yes, she does talk briefly about that in her book.

Daisy- I love Audrey Hepburn and have always been intrigued by Grace Kelly.

Lynn- I also love reading bios

kmckendry said...

I loved Bossypants! SO funny! I love reading history. Right now I'm reading The City of Fortune, How Venice Ruled the Seas.

Anonymous said...

i just finished mindy kaling's book, and bossy pants is coming next. fun reads, that you can do in two or three gulps.

i love weighty non fiction, too. textbook light stuff (pink brain, blue brain), and well written bios (mountains beyond mountains).

Dawn Malone said...

Those all sound so good! I'm reading a funny memoir called Back Roads, Dead Cats, and What's for Dinner, by Jodi Marie Johnson (I guess I didn't need to mention it was funny; the title gives it away). It's about the author and her six-generation family who grew up in Arizona and New Mexico. Picked it up while on vacation last month.

Margo Berendsen said...

I haven't heard of two of these, but all three tempt me - well, I'm not sure if I could handle the bullying one. I think I would cry and rage through most of it and turn into an emotional wreck - I feel very strongly about bullying. But awareness is crucial!!!

momto8 said...

I love historical fiction...i am reading Uncle Toms Cabin now....slowly...lots to think about!
i have heard many things about the bullying book...might even be worse now than when I was growing up!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Cynthia said...

Kathy- I hope you like your book. I visited Italy a few years ago and enjoyed going through Venice.

Gina- I've been wanting to read Mindy Kaling's book.

Dawn- That is a pretty funny title for a book.

Margo- There are some tough stories in Dear Bully. But I think many of the authors shared their experiences to reach out to others who have faced or are facing similar predicaments.

Momto8- Thanks for the follow! I will head over to your blog to visit!

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