Friday, May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA: Genre Non-Fiction

Today's post for Armchair BEA is all about the non-fiction genre. I personally do not read non-fiction, I have tried a few times and I just could not get into it at all. I think a big part of it is that I read because I want to escape reality and non-fiction is too real for me.

I have heard a lot of good things about autobiographies though (and I have actually read one of those...) I read Brad Paisley's DIARY OF A PLAYER, I am a huge country music fan and I did really enjoy this book learning about his journey to a huge musician (spoiler, he actually failed a music class when he was younger).

I feel like I should try to read some more non-fiction, just to immerse myself into something different (my BF always tries to get me to read THE WEALTHY BARBER because it's supposedly got some great advice in there). I just find that I am always more drawn to fiction to take myself into something fun that I would never experience otherwise.

Any of you readers have some good advice on how to get into non-fiction?


  1. I agree with you, when I pick up a book I want to escape to a world that doesn't exists.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. I looove nonfiction ;) I think the best way to get started is to pick a topic that interests you and go for it. Another good starting point would be with nonfiction graphic novels, like Blankets by Craig Thompson

  3. I totally get your point - I'm not what you'd call a nonfiction reader, either. I know that I'd probably enjoy those kinds of books, too. I mean, after all, I love watching and reading the news and discussing political, historical or philosophical matters -but, for some reason, when it comes to books about those topics I shy away :)

  4. I tend to gravitate to fiction, too, when I need to pick up a book to read. I have read some non-fiction, but not a ton. The Brad Paisley books sounds good - I'm a huge country music fan, too!

    My Non-Fiction Post

  5. I read non-fiction rarely, but the few that I've read have been great - I prefer historical non-fiction - The Widow Clicquot & The History of The Restaurant. (Both are amazing!) Also, I like "self-help-ish" books about being creative, like How to Think Like Leonardo Davinci or The Creative Habit. Give them a chance!

  6. I agree with Jennifer -- pick a topic that interests you, do some research to find books that have a good, strong narrative, and then just check out a few from the library. You can usually tell from the first few chapters if the book will be interesting or not. I guess just don't be afraid to try something new :)

  7. I really like Brad Paisley! I should read this book!



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