I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but this year, thanks to a few books I’ve seen around, I have been. For me, reading is more of an escape and a form of relaxation and that’s the reason I don’t pick up much non-fiction in general. This year though I’ve been finding myself reading more than just my regular fiction and that’s due to some book bloggers who gushed over books that I may not have ever thought to even look at.
Some of the non-fiction that I read this year:
The Whale: In Search of Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown
The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America by Lorri Glover and Daniel Blake Smith
Life in Medieval France by E.R. Chamberlin
I’m also planning to read a book about the Anglo-Saxons too. I saw a show on the National Geographic Channel about this man in England who found a Saxon hoard with a metal detector and now I’m fascinated by Saxon gold, the lifestyle, and history. Right now I’m reading Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach which is both fascinating and gross. Yep, geek is showing but I’m OK with that today.
I read a lot of historical fiction and I usually end up googling people and places after I finish, especially if it’s a book I enjoyed. I think I read more non-fiction than I think I do in that manner but when I step into a bookstore, the first place I don’t end up is in the non-fiction section, unless it’s cookbooks and I don’t count those. I hope to add a lot more non-fiction to my reading list next year, thanks to the help of a few bloggers.