Today’s Armchair BEA topic is one that’s near and dear to my bookish heart. I love non-fiction! And why love non-fiction you ask? As Jennifer at The Relentless Reader recently put it… because then you can know ALL THE THINGS! I love learning and I feel like knowing a little bit about a variety of topics can really help in life. It makes me think more creatively and helps me come up with ideas for my research when I least expect it. It keeps me humble about what I know and aware of all the amazing things I don’t know but can read about (I adore my library… just sayin’). And it can make for surprisingly good party conversation, especially when you get stuck talking to the one person not in your major – but know the right questions to ask about theirs.
My favorite non-fiction I’ve read lately includes:
- The Botany of Desire – very approachable and will make you view plants in a totally new light
- The Signal and the Noise (review to come) – what can I say? I love me some data analysis
- and Frozen In Time – narrative non-fiction, otherwise known as non-fiction for the fiction lover, about an amazing adventure story
Do you read non-fiction? What you love about it? Any non-fiction book recommendations?