So, nonfiction and I aren’t best friends. Sadly there isn’t even a section for it on my blog because it’s only once every few years I find one that I actually want/force myself to read. For me reading is an escape, so when I go to pick out a book to read I almost always pick up the nonfiction book…look at it…think “I should really read this,” then put it back down and grab something about dragons.
There have been a few nonfiction books I’ve really enjoyed, which does give me hope for others. (Two of them I read thinking there were fiction, so I was baffled when I realized they were nonfiction and I actually liked them.)
The first nonfiction book I remember reading and then re-reading multiple times as a kid was So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins. (This was a story I didn’t realize was nonfiction until this past year when I was shelving it at my library!) I still remember parts of the story and am trying to get my younger sister to read (no such luck) but I did recently purchase a used copy so I will be giving it a re-read in the future. It is a powerful story about Korean’s and Japanese after WWII ends. I remember being shocked and impressed with the female characters in the story for everything they had to survive through.
Another nonfiction I enjoyed (but didn’t realize was nonfiction until after I finished) was Marley and Me by John Grogan. This one actually brought me back into reading my freshmen year of college. It was one of those books I was excited to come home to and read at night. (And yes, the book is better.)
The most recent nonfiction book I’ve read was Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Familiy by Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold. I guess I also adore The Diary of Anne Frank, which is one read by most, but this story was so intriguing because it was told by Miep! The lady who helped hide the Franks. I listened to this book on audio and will probably give it another listen someday, because it was amazing (I am fascinated by how people lived during WWII).
I did also try listening to the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it bored me to tears. I was really excited about it, but just couldn’t stick it out.
So do you have any nonfiction-that-read-like-fiction recommendations for me? I’d love to expand my horizons!