I was clicking through on some good comments on Modern Mrs Darcy's blog a week or two ago. MMD has that podcast where she asks people 3 books they loved, 1 they hated and what they're currently reading.
By the way, this is often how I find new blogs. I read something in a comment that resonates and then I go follow.
Anyway, on one of those blogs, the lady had posted about the type of books that are a good read for her.
So I got thinking and this is what I came up with in the area of non-fiction:
(I wrote all about my favourite 5 books over on the organising blog)
3 books I loved
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
The Life-changing magic of tidying up
1 book I didn't care for...
(hate is a strong word...)
I didn't care at all for Notes on a blue bike, Sparkly green earrings and A million little ways
Books I've just finished
When Breath Becomes Air
What are the commonalities?
the 3 books I loved all had a combination of big picture thinking and practical how-to
I also love a good research element, so not just blah blah blah, but this is why this works, and this is how that research plays out practically in my life
didn't care for - all of these are blog writers with book deals. I personally think they write better blogs than they do books. I also think many of the blog writers don't translate well, because of the shorter-form essay-type format. Lots of faffing and not getting to the point, structure not great and I find myself thinking, "what is she actually trying to say?" which is a touch annoying in something I'm trying to learn from
So tell me, what makes a good non-fiction read for you?
I'll do the fiction reads next time, so start thinking :)
And the books I read in April?
April was a great reading month again with 9 books, 1 of them non-fiction.
Favourites were the Ella Griffin (READ IT!), the Jojo Moyes and the Sheila O'Flanagan. All library reads which I LOVE!
What were your favourite reads in April?