This is my first year taking part in Nonfiction November, a yearly event that encourages bloggers to read and discuss non-fiction. Sadly I missed Week 1 but I was able to take part in Week 2 and Week 3. Now it is time for Week 4 (Nov. 20 to 24) hosted by Katie @ Doing Dewey:
‘Nonfiction Favourites: We’ve talked about how you pick nonfiction books in previous years, but this week I’m excited to talk about what makes a book you’ve read one of your favorites. Is the topic pretty much all that matters? Are there particular ways a story can be told or particular writing styles that you love? Do you look for a light, humorous approach or do you prefer a more serious tone? Let us know what qualities make you add a nonfiction book to your list of favourites.’
While I often re-read my favourite novels, I sadly rarely return to non-fictions I’ve enjoyed. The one non-fiction that I have re-read is Mere Christianity by C S Lewis. A wonderful discussion of the basic beliefs of the Christian faith from the point-of-view of Lewis, a former atheist who went on to write many books sharing his new found faith. What makes this a favourite is the topic and the inspirational, honest and natural style of it. Reading this book is like sitting down and chatting with a mentor over a cup of tea or in Lewis’ case over a pint in ‘The Bird and Baby’.
The only other non-fictions I can think of that I regularly return to in the hunt for new exciting recipes are cookbooks. My particularly favourites being the four The Hairy Dieters cookbooks I have from the nations-favourites: Si King and Dave Myers (better known as The Hairy Bikers). While I am not looking to lose weight particularly, I do love how down-to-earth and well balanced these recipes are.
I think it is such a shame that these are the only favourite non-fictions I can think of. Which has got me thinking now about all those great non-fictions I have that I think I will be putting on my re-read pile!
What are your favourite non-fictions? Please feel free to link in your own posts in the comments below if you have also taken part.