Friday, 31 May 2013

Armchair BEA - Non Fiction?

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Today's topic for Armchair BEA is all about Non-Fiction. Do you read it? If so which topics are your go to picks?

To be honest I prefer to read to escape, a good fiction book can take you away and out of this world, this means that I don't tend to read a lot of Non Fiction. But I have dipped in.

If I head for the non, it's usually for an Autobiography. I like to find out about people and how they got to where they are, but even so it has to be someone I have an interest in. I couldn't read about just anyone. So I don't tend to read many, although I have really enjoyed all the ones I have read.

I have looked through some guidebooks before and of course I use cookbooks, but I don't 'read' those, not in the sense of going cover to cover, it's more of a flick through to look for recipes.

I like Non Fiction that can tell a story. The sort that reads like Fiction but is in fact real. For example I read 'Walk the Lines' by Mark Mason, which was about a guy who walked the Underground routes above ground, to explore new areas of London and I enjoyed it, it was like he was taking you on a journey and it read like one. So although you got information and facts it was fun. Those are the sort of book I like when reading Non Fiction.

What about you, are you hungry for facts or do you stick with the fiction?


Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader said...

I am extra crazy hungry for facts and I read a lot of nonfiction :) It's my favorite!

Trish said...

Hmmm--a non-fiction book that reads like fiction, perhaps? The Glass Castle is a beautiful memoir that reads much like fiction. I don't necessarily think of non-fiction as strictly factual as that can be rather boring and dry, but narrative non-fiction is something I live to dive into (and even escape into!).

barmybex said...

Trish - that is exactly what I mean! narrative non is what I look for.

Thanks for stopping by. :D

Anonymous said...

I usually only read fiction, but I've read some great non-fiction. If you like non-fiction that reads like historical fiction, try The Widow Clicquot. I reviewed it on my blog for Day 4, you might love it!

DoingDewey said...

I love non-fiction! And I was thrilled when I discovered narrative non-fiction. Some of my favorite books in the genre are Lost in Shangri-La and The Black Count :)