Non-Fiction Friday

November 15, 2014 non-fiction 16

cork w booksIt has been far too long since we’ve had a Non-Fiction Friday and this week was so filled with jetlag and catching up, I couldn’t get to it yesterday. Instead, today, I’m just going to pretend that it’s Friday and start getting caught up! Today and the remaining Fridays in November, instead of having the traditional Non-Fiction Friday, I’ll be answering the weekly discussion questions for Nonfiction November and directing you to that link-up to share your reviews. This week’s host was Leslie at Regular Rumination and next week’s host will be Becca at I’m Lost In Books.

This week’s topic is Be/Become/Ask the Expert: Share a list of titles that you have read on a particular topic, create a wish list of titles that you’d like to read about a particular topic, or ask your fellow Nonfiction November participants for suggestions on a particular topic. Last year, I wrote about science nonfiction I’d recommend. This year, I’ve noticed that I particularly love narrative nonfiction about adventures, so I’m going to share a list of my favorites today.

Have you read any of these books? And if so, what did you think of them? Do you have any other nonfiction adventure stories you’d recommend?

16 Responses to “Non-Fiction Friday”

  1. Emma @ Words And Peace

    I read Black Count and 80 Days, and found them fabulous. No wonder Black Count got a big award. Among all the NF I read so far this year, none seems to fit in this category, but some time before, I enjoyed The Lost City of Z

    • DoingDewey

      I also really enjoyed Black Count and seeing it get a Pulitzer made me think I should pick up more Pulitzer Prize winning books. It was just so good! I’ll have to look up The Lost City of Z, because I’ve never heard of it and I’d love to find more books that fit this category.

  2. Melissa Beck

    My favorite non-fiction subgenre has become travel writing. I also like to read about an adventure! Have you read Bill Bryson’s “A Walk In the Woods.” That one is an adventure, but light-hearted and funny. I also like Neil Peart’s books, “Ghost Rider” and “Roadshow” where he travels around North America on a motorcycle. I also enjoyed “Walking the Amazon” by Ed Stafford.

    • DoingDewey

      Oh, wonderful! I’ll keep an eye out for your review. That’s one I think will probably make my top ten of the year list. It was just so good!

  3. Trisha

    Great list! I really need to read more narrative nonfiction. Every time I’ve read it, I’ve liked it, but I make no point to pick it up again. Strange.

    • DoingDewey

      I’m that way about authors. I will go out of my way to read more of a genre I like, but rarely remember to go through an author’s published works when I read something of theirs which I enjoy.

  4. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves

    Snazzy little gadget to show off the books – I like it! I also loved Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. Another adventure book I loved is In Search of Captain Zero by Alan Weisbecker…it’s a bit random and about surfing!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Sarah! My favorite thing about Riffle is the ability to make and share lists. I’ve not heard of Captain Zero, so I’m looking it up now.

  5. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    In the Kingdom of Ice is one of my favorites this year, too. However, I’ve been struggling with Liar Temptress Soldier Spy for MONTHS. The stories are fascinating, but it feels like whenever I really get into one woman’s story, the narrative switches to someone else. I can’t find my rhythm.

    • DoingDewey

      I actually voted for In the Kingdom of Ice in the goodreads poll. I’d love to see a woman win and I enjoyed both Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy and The Woman Who Would Be King, but this one just couldn’t be beat. I actually liked the switching stories in Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, but I liked them better when they started to intersect a little later. Hopefully when you get there, you might find the perspective changes a little less disruptive 🙂

  6. C.J. @ ebookclassics

    I love the title “non-fiction adventures” because I feel that is what my mood is right now. I’ve been wanting to read quite a few of these books, but I haven’t heard of Eighty Days before, so I guess I’ll just add that one too!

    • DoingDewey

      I love this kind of book, perhaps in part because Lost In Shangri-La was first experience with narrative nonfiction. It’s such a wonderful genre!

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