When I saw that one of the genre-focused topics for Armchair BEA was nonfiction, I got really excited. Reading and recommending nonfiction is what I’m known for around the blogosphere (to the extent that I’m really “known” by that many people), so it’s a perfect prompt for me.
The problem I discovered as I sat down to write is that it’s almost too big. I love nonfiction of all styles and topics so much that I really didn’t know where to start in writing this post even with the help of the prompts provided by the kind hosts of Armchair BEA.
After some hemming and hawing, I decided to turn the topic around a little bit. One of the things I love doing is making nonfiction recommendations, especially to people who don’t read a lot of nonfiction or don’t know where to start with the genre because they feel intimidated or think that nonfiction is boring (it’s doesn’t have to be!).
So instead of writing about nonfiction I love, I want to take today’s prompt as an opportunity to make personalized nonfiction recommendations to anyone who wants one.
To get a recommendation, leave a comment on this post answering these three questions:
- What is a recent “thing” (book, movie, television show, etc.) that you loved and would like to learn more about?
- What kind of nonfiction are you looking (Light? Serious? Personal? Academic? Anything?)
- Do you have any bookish pet peeves or favorite qualities in a book I should know about?
Over the next couple of days, I’ll respond to each comment with a recommendation for one or two nonfiction books that I think you should try based on your answers. To see your recommendation, please subscribe to the comments or check back over the weekend.
I can’t guarantee that every recommendation will be a hit, but I hope they’ll give you a starting point for getting into nonfiction or, if you already read and love nonfiction, an idea for a new book or author to try. Thanks for playing!