Welcome to week 3 of Nonfiction November! I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I have been. I have to admit that it hasn’t been the best reading month for me, but I’ve loved reading your posts more than ever. It’s been so lovely hearing what you’ve all been reading this year. This week we’ll be moving on to another well loved prompt, with the opportunity for you to share or find books on a topic you’re excited about. Visit Rennie at What’s Nonfiction this week to share your responses to the following prompt:
Be/Ask/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
Be The Expert – Urban Planning
I’ve not done a Be The Expert post for this topic for quite some time, so I’m excited to share a bit about all the reading I did on urban planning earlier this year. I read a wide variety of books, both older and newer, that came at this topic from many different angles. It’s a subject that interests me because it involves a question that has always interested me – what makes people happy? – with questions I’ve become interested in more recently, about what community should look like and how government should function. For that reason, even if you think urban planning sounds a bit dull, I suggest checking some of these books out if you’ve previously enjoyed books about how to be happy personally. It might surprise you!
I first looked at three books about what makes a good city. Of these, I’d mostly highly recommend Happy City, which was an easy, engaging read and included some research that could be helpful for individuals deciding where to live.
Then I read three books about hopeful futures for cities. I think the book from this group most likely to appeal to others is A History of Future Cities. As an American who didn’t learn much about other countries in school and who has done a poor job educating myself since, I loved learning what cosmopolitan cities have looked like throughout history and around the world.
Last but not least, I read two incredible, but very dense academic books about problems with cities. Both books were great looks at issues like racism and gentrification, but I’d definitely only recommend them to someone truly into this topic, because they were such challenging reads.
Have you read any books on urban planning that you’d recommend? Do you think you might be interested in picking up any of these?