In this post I’m going to tell you about two of the books that you have recommended that I have finished, but then also to get your ideas about nonfiction.
So this is a twofer. First, the update.
I just finished the audiobook Born in Crime, by Trevor Noah. Carrie Rubin suggested that I listen to the audiobook versus reading the book, because his voice is wonderful, it is his story so he tells it the best and he nails the different voices and accents portrayed.
This book is Trevor Noah’s coming-of-age in South Africa memoir story and it is fabulous.
I don’t want to give away his story, but it is so good. The kind of book where I laughed out loud numerous times and teared up at others. There was not even one moment when my attention strayed. When I finished it I felt like a friend was saying good-bye. But that’s okay, I’m going to read it again.
The second book I had talked about and now have finished is Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. When I say “now have finished,” I mean that I’m not going to read anymore (shhhhhhh……don’t tell the author). I started out LOVING this book about life in a Japanese-American internment camp and the historical events of that time period in U.S. history. Then the story stopped grabbing my attention.
I made a deal with myself a few years ago knowing that we have a finite time on this earth and more books exist than we could possibly ever read. So if I stop liking a book or can’t initially get into a book (I usually give it 25 – 50 pages) I put it down. And that’s what happened to Farewell to Manzanar.
I now know much more than I did about the Japanese-American internment camps and am so thankful to this book for that information. Many of you will love it. I just lost interest. But see if you feel differently.
Now what I’m interested in hearing about:
- What are your favorite nonfiction books of all time?
- Are you reading nonfiction now?
- If so, what are you reading?
- If you were alone on a deserted island, what 2 books would you like to have with you?
My favorite nonfiction book ever is The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. I think I like it so much because it reads like fiction. BEST.BOOK.EVER.
Now your turn to give me a suggestion for my next nonfiction read. I like language, history, science and biographies.
Hurry, I can’t wait!