Armchair BEA: Non-Fiction

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Non-Fiction

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!