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#1 Cabrasopa


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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:51 PM

How many people on this board read non fiction?

I mainly read fiction but I do like to mix in the odd true story, at the moment i'm reading a book (The eneny within) about the 1984/85 Coal miners strike here in Britian during the Margaret Thatcher years of goverment, facinating read so far and much more informative than what we got to see and hear in the media.

Sometimes non fiction can be just as entertaining as fiction.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:56 PM

Moved to the non-fiction section.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 06:30 PM

I'll occasionally read an autobiographt, but only if I'm already interested in the person in question. I also have a collection of books on various Pagan / Witchcraft subjects.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 06:37 PM

As a non-fiction writer, a good proportion of what I read is also non-fiction, admittedly less so than it used to be, since it is 2 years next month since the last edition of my own book was published. When I was writing it I had to read an awful lot of other people's stuff - mostly alternative history, archaeology and religion - but also a lot of more general mind, body and spirit - I was and am particularly influenced by Eckhart Tolle and Neale Donald Walsch, among others, and A Course in Miracles.

I also have a sizeable collection of books on writing and publishing, which I dip into now and again, and Icelandic sagas - which are historical records of the settlement period of Iceland. I have always been fascinated by that country, and hope to go back next year, if I can afford to.

Agree though that properly written, non fiction can be just as entertaining.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:16 PM

I like non-fiction although I don't tend to read masses of it. From my blog, in 2007 I only read one (George Orwell) but in 2008 I read 8 out of a total of 40 books in that year.

I have lots of hardbacked factual non-fiction books that I dip in and out of like What the Victorians Did For Us, all of the Who Do You Think You Are? series, The 1900s House, Stephen Fry in America...

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:36 PM

Probably in terms of the amount of time I spend reading, it's probably equal between fiction and non-fiction; I do, though, find fiction easier - plot and narrative drive make it much easier to obsessively read an entire book quickly. So I read lots more novels than non-fiction books. My current non-fiction read is Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This.

Most of the non-fiction I read is travel writing, or area-specific history.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:06 PM

I have a varied taste when it comes to non-fiction books, but I prefer to set aside time specifically for reading them, mainly because I tend to read about science and mathematics. At the moment I'm trying to clear my TBR pile of fiction books before attempting Cultural Amnesia, Clive James' autobiography.

My current non-fiction read is Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This.

I'd love to read this book. I remember putting it on my wish list when the first series of Heston Blumenthal's In Search of Perfection was broadcast.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:51 PM

I read non fiction sometimes (5 last year) and the latest read was Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado about a group of Rugby players that were trapped in the Andes after a plane crash. It was a well written and gripping Account.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 09:40 PM

I got so sick of reading only non-fiction in college that for the last few years I haven't read much at all. It's definitely a very different feel than fiction so I have to prepare my mind for it :irked:

I just mooched Blank Slate by Steven Pinker, but it's well down on my list :)

I read the occasional autobiography but I prefer the pace and style of fiction personally.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:18 AM

I like reading non-fiction books, but for some reason I don't read them nearly as often as I do fiction books

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:41 AM

I can't think of a single non-fiction book I've read... I guess I haven't. This surprises me, because I'm a bit of a history-freak, so I should (logic tells me) have at least a few non-fiction books together with my already owned historical fiction novels. Would anyone like to recommend good non-fiction with a WWII theme? ;)

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 10:18 AM

re Herve This...

I'd love to read this book. I remember putting it on my wish list when the first series of Heston Blumenthal's In Search of Perfection was broadcast.

I'm only about 50 pages in, but it's fascinating stuff if you're a foodie and interested in the science of it. So far it's very much focussed on individual dishes and how received law might be wrong or right, but explaining why. The other great science-of-food book is Harold McGee's On Food And Cooking, which explains in much more detail the science of food.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:30 AM

Currently I have been reading Wikinomics and Alfabeti, two non-fiction books on very different topics: web 2.0 the first one, books and literature the other.
I do read a lot of non-fiction usually about String theory or neuroscience, additional dimentions and economics.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 11:56 AM

I read quite a bit of non fiction, especially relating to places I have an interest in.

One I hope to get a chance to read soon is Home Run by Nichol and Rennell relating to the networks that existed across Europe during WW2 to get downed pilots home, and children away from danger.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:15 PM

I like to read non fiction every now and then. The books are mainly biographies about people I have an interest in and they're usually music related people. Most recently I've read about Ian Curtis from Joy Division, Kurt Cobain from Nirvana and Lester Bangs who was a gonzo journalist back in the day.

A few weeks ago I read a book which was intended to help with one of my assignments for uni and ended up loving it! It's called 'Celebration USA by Douglas Frantz'. The author and his wife moved to Celebration (the town that was built by the Walt Disney company) in Florida as an experiment and the book is a documentation of their time there. It's really freaky and the rules put in place by the company are unbelievable but it really made me think about the future of towns and cities and what role corporations could possibly play in their creation.

I'd definitely recommend it! ;)

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:05 PM

I do occasionally read non-fiction, mostly science, mathematics or travel. In recent years, a couple of books I've really enjoyed are:

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

(synopsis from amazon.co.uk)
Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. It is a product of long hours and intelligent design, of meaningful work environments and particular rules and principles. This book shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our homes, offices and in everyday life. Just as he did with his revolutionary theory of the tipping point, Gladwell reveals how the power of ‘blink’ could fundamentally transform our relationships, the way we consume, create and communicate, how we run our businesses and even our societies.You’ll never think about thinking in the same way again.

Duende by Jason Webster

(synopsis from amazon.co.uk)
Having pursued a conventional enough path through school and university, Jason Webster was all set to enter the world of academe as a profession. But when his aloof Florentine girlfriend of some years dumped him unceremoniously, he found himself at a crossroads. Abandoning the world of libraries and the future he had always imagined for himself, he headed off instead for Spain in search of duende, the intense emotional state - part ecstasy, part desperation - so intrinsic to flamenco.
Duende is an account of his years spent in Spain feeding his obsessive interest in flamenco: he subjects himself to the tyranny of his guitar teacher, practicing for hours on end until his fingers bleed; he becomes involved in a passionate affair with Lola, a flamenco dancer (and older woman) married to the gun-toting Vicente, only to flee Alicante in fear of his life; in Madrid, he falls in with Gypsies and meets the imperious Jes£s. Joining their dislocated, cocaine-fuelled world, stealing cars by night and sleeping away the days in tawdry rooms, he finds himself spiralling self-destructively downwards. It is only when he arrives in Granada bruised and battered, after two years total immersion in the flamenco lifestyle that he is able to put his obsession into context.

In the tradition of Laurie Lee's classic As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, Duende charts a young man's emotional coming of age and offers real insight into the passionate essence of flamenco


My main non-fiction tends to be travelogues and memoirs of people who move abroad and their experiences. These are staples of my summer reading, and I particularly like Annie Hawes, Jason Webster, Patricia Atkinson and George East.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 05:13 PM

Sometimes I read non-fiction. When I do, I have a taste for economics and history. The latest nonfiction books I've read have all been history ones, almost all of them about Finland in the Middle Ages.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 07:21 PM

I have to force myself to read more ficiton I read so much non-fiction. I like memoirs/autobiographies the most. I also read a lot of nutrition and writing books.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 07:43 PM

The only non-fiction I read are the occasional autobiography and Psychology textbooks. Otherwise, I usually prefer fiction. ;)

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 03:09 AM

I am not a non-fiction reader. The non-fiction I do read is autobiographies by glamour models and video vixens such as Katie Price, Jodie Marsh, and Karrine Steffans.

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