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#81 Angury

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 10:57 AM

I have started to read more non-fiction over the past few years. Particularly books around mental health including Psychiatry, Psychology and Anthropology.. More recently I've started to delve into books about Philosophy which I've found have given me a lot to think about and really changed my perspective on a lot of things.

I've never read a biography or autobiography though, but I recently bought the Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, so I look forward to seeing how I react to such styles of writing.
 

I also have a sizeable collection of books on writing and publishing


Have you found these books on writing helpful?

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 09:42 AM

I read mainly non fictions - memoirs and history in the main. I can't seem to engage with much fiction - I always have "this isn't real" in my head for some reason.



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Posted 16 July 2016 - 04:30 PM

I've been reading much more non-fiction than fiction over the last month, and I've actually struggled to pick up fiction at all.  As I've posted elsewhere, I'm currently reading the long list of the 2016 Wainwright Prize for nature and travel writing, and currently have five books left to go, of which I've actually started two at the same time!  I'm reading The Snow Mothstorm by Michael McCarthy and Being A Beast by Charles Foster. :)



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Posted 16 July 2016 - 06:46 PM

I don't read non-fiction unless I am very interested in the author. Non-fiction books are a nice change from time to time and I have read some great books by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins or George Orwell but still they are a small part of my reading. I used to read mostly engineering and math books in college so I maybe I could count those years as reading non fiction. 



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Posted 17 July 2016 - 01:25 PM

I don't read non-fiction unless I am very interested in the author. Non-fiction books are a nice change from time to time and I have read some great books by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins or George Orwell but still they are a small part of my reading. I used to read mostly engineering and math books in college so I maybe I could count those years as reading non fiction.


What are your thoughts on Hitchens books? I have a collection of his essays which is currently stacked on my bookshelf. I know he is a good speaker and was interested to read his writing and explore more of his ideas.

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Posted 17 July 2016 - 08:34 PM

What are your thoughts on Hitchens books? I have a collection of his essays which is currently stacked on my bookshelf. I know he is a good speaker and was interested to read his writing and explore more of his ideas.

 

Hitchens is great. If you like his talk then you will like his books. His books are mostly on the same matter as his speeches with exceptions like Mortality and Hitch 22. I sometimes find his takes on religion too edgy and it feels like he's trying too hard but even so, he saves the situation with excellent writing. 

 

While reading his books, I always though of reading in his voice. There is something calculated and assertive in his voice that makes whatever he is saying seem that more important. If you are interested in the man behind the ideas on screen, I highly suggest Hitch 22. His life was so damn full of everything that at some point I thought he was making things up. 

 

I have not read the essays that you mentioned but I hope I will get to them at some point. Maybe read Orwell's essays after. 



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 12:39 AM

Hitchens work is excellent. He was a fine writer and orator, and a decent mammal. Yet another beloved casualty of ineffable entropy. He is sorely missed.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 02:19 PM

I think I read more fiction books because they are easier to read.  But I do like some non fiction thrown in as well at the minute I am reading the Outrun by Amy Liptrot which I have to say is keeping my interest but can only be read a chapter at a time to digest what you have read.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:10 PM

Occasionally I almost have to. Keeps me grounded and aware of things around me from a medium aside from television.

I used to read a lot of non fiction when I was in school. I found it a lot more fun to conversate based on reality with the intellects of academia. They always seemed to more well read than most. 

 

Currently reading "Let the Trumpets Sound", not a bio exactly but about the life of Martin Luther King.

 

And I was given "The Brothers Bulger" for the holidays and kind of pick that one up while waiting in line for something, or while I am eating and just want to drift into the story for a few minutes.

 

"Let The Trumpets Sound" takes a little more focus so read that when I have hour long spurts of time

 

But I have and enjoyed reading a lot of non fiction



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Posted 23 January 2017 - 06:17 PM

Occasionally I almost have to. Keeps me grounded and aware of things around me from a medium aside from television.

I used to read a lot of non fiction when I was in school. I found it a lot more fun to conversate based on reality with the intellects of academia. They always seemed to more well read than most. 

 

 

 

One would hope that academics should be well read!



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Posted 24 January 2017 - 05:09 PM

I usually aim for between 10% and 20% non-fiction each year, and last year, it came in at 14%, so happy with that.  Most of my non-fiction is more travel and memoir, although I do like the odd science or maths book too.  Rarely read history or biography.






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