Armchair BEA: Non-Fiction

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I’m definitely a fan of non-fiction! I usually have a fiction and a non-fiction book going at the same time. Here are some of my favorite non-fiction titles.

Classical music and music history books are obviously at the top of my list. I barely needed to attend music history class as an undergrad simply because I’d read so much, even devouring CD liner notes. My top five classical music books:

But there are so many more types of non-fiction I enjoy!

Popular science books like Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink or What the Dog Saw. Trivia type books such as Because I Said So! by Ken Jennings. Books about education and how children learn. Especially how they learn language, since we’re raising our daughter with a healthy dose of Italian.

In this next area, I’m very picky, but I’ll read faith-based books such as The Rapture Exposed by Barbara R. Rossing, which discusses how views such as that of the “Left Behind” series is a “disingenuous distortion of the Bible.” Or Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World, which shows how anything we do, wherever we are, can be an act of worship.

Segue into memoirs of “experiments” such as Salvation on the Small Screen? by ELCA pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber (the Sarcastic Lutheran), who spent 24 hours watching Christian television. A.J. Jacob’s Year of Living Biblically or, the female counterpart which is on my TBR list, Rachel Held Evans’s A Year of Biblical Womanhood. Parenting experiments and adventures such as Catherine Crawford’s French Twist or Mei-Ling Hopgood’s How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm.

And then the non-fiction genre I probably read most of all: MEMOIRS. I have read so many amazing memoirs this year! I just can’t get enough of people’s stories. Different experiences and perspectives on this human experience… love it.

So yep. I do read non-fiction!

  • Love your DT gif. 🙂

    Haven’t read any of the books you list but Chopin’s funeral sounds good.

  • I like that type of religious book too. I’ll have to look into Salvation in the Small Screen.
    I love the Doctor Who quote too!

  • Oh my gosh, this post is the best. I love religious books like that, too and I’m SO adding The Rapture Exposed to Goodreads RIGHT NOW. I’ve always wanted to read Rapture Ready, too, which explores that sensationalized perspective.

  • Glad to hear you say it Monika because after the other posts I’ve read this morning I wonder if ANYONE is reading non-fiction! I think that “non-fiction” is so unfairly judged sometimes. 😉 I love what you call experiment memoirs. I was trying to figure out how to classify The Kitchen Counter Cooking School last night and couldn’t really define it but I love it! I have Year of Living Biblically on my shelf but haven’t gotten to it yet. Right now I’m loving The Omnivore’s Dilemma and next month will read Naked by Sedaris and A Walk in the Woods by Bryson. Yay for non-fiction!

  • I love your post and the categories you broke it down into! I’m not well-read in all of these areas, so I’m looking forward to discovering some new-to-me books!

  • Hoooooray for nonfiction! You’ve listed a bunch that I want to look into. I have the Jacobs around here somewhere and I’m hoping to get to that sometime in the next FEW YEARS, ha ha. If you haven’t read his Know-it-All you should, it’s hilarious 🙂

  • I knew we could be friends when I saw the Doctor. 🙂
    I am just now getting into non fiction, reading mostly Christian and parenting books. I would like to get into memoirs and biographies more. I will be adding several of those music books to my TBR! Thanks for sharing!

  • Evening in the Palace of Reason looks amazing!!!! I would love reading it! Thanks for the tip. Actually, all of your classical non-fiction books look great!

  • If you like pop science books, I would highly recommend The Signal and the Noise. I just finished it and I loved it!

  • I have been enjoying non-fiction more than I thought I would this year. So many stories to tell and history to learn. I haven’t read any of your non-fiction, but used to play piano and would love to read some of the classical music books you suggested.

  • I love that Doctor gif! It’s one of my favorite Tennat moments on the show. “It’s a fightn’ hand!” I’ll have to check out your memoir list.