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bookish balance

as readers, we tend to drift to certain genres or authors or styles of writing.

as for me, i definitely lean towards the fantasy/sci-fi with a male main character. that's kind of my thing.

lately, i've been branching out into contemporary stuff and i've been digging it a lot.

but there is one area in which i'm seriously lacking - non-fiction. i don't have anything against it. it's just that i never anticipate being in the mood for it, so i don't add it to my stacks. 

here's where you come in. what's one non-fiction book that you've read, adored, and think i will to? help me find bookish balance!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I have everything against non-fiction. Because it's not fiction. If I want to read non-fiction, I'll just..... live :) but if I had to choose one non-fiction book to recommend, it'd be the dictionary, because you can never have too large a vocabulary. this is the least helpful comment ever and i'm sorry, but it's pre-coffee.

  2. haha at Jen's comment! I agree though. Who wants to read about non-fiction?! However, the History nerd in me may want to some day. I like my make believe too much for now.

  3. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

    I'll read along if you want, if you decide to read it. It's worthy of talking to someone along the way.

    I also forever love Donald Miller. Especially Blue Like Jazz. I have an extra copy if you want.


  4. Marley and Me was very cute and not nearly as sad as the movie. And I've always wanted to do Manhunt and In Cold Blood...

  5. I have been thinking about your question for a long time, but I can't think of a non-fiction book that I've read and liked. (LOL Jen!) I mean...there are historical fiction books that I love, but no actual non-fiction.

    Wait! I just thought of something. COOKBOOKS. They are THE BEST non-fiction books ;-)

  6. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is pretty darn awesome! :)

  7. Can't go wrong with Malcolm Gladwell. I could see Wild Swans by June Chang being up your alley too.

  8. Jen - i am a total dork and always want to increase my vocab. this is a solid lead.
    Ash - heard great things about that Glass Castle. perhaps i will!
    Librarian - i have In Cold Blood on my shelf!
    Lindsi - YOU ARE RIGHT.
    Julia - i've heard of that one too!
    Eriks - Wild Swants is def on my tbr.

  9. I'm a huge history/Civil War nerd, so the majority of my non-fiction reads deal with that. Manhunt was so, so awesome - even moreso if you're interested in Lincoln's assassination; the book opens with his death & deals with the 12 days after during which the entire country was on a search for Booth.

    True Crime is awesome! I recently read The Monster of Florence & it was great.

    Erik Larson is wonderful, so anything of his is worth picking up.

    Last year I read The Hot Zone & it was FANTASTIC!

  10. whale - thanks for some solid leads! i'm totally a civil war dork as well, and i have been meaning to get around to Manhunt!


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