Armchair BEA 2013: Non-fiction is Non-existent


Yup, that is the case. I read very little non-fiction and the stuff I read I usually do not even count toward my reading totals since it is textbooks for the classes I teach or crafty books which really you don’t read so much as skim.

Since I started really keeping track of my reading I can list the number of books of non-fiction I have read (links to GoodReads):

  1. Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety
  2. In a Sunburned Country
  3. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
  4. The Only Girl in the Car
  5. Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood
  6. Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood
  7. The Glass Castle
  8. I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers
  9. The Power of Patience: How to Slow the Rush and Enjoy More Happiness, Success, and Peace of Mind Every Day
  10. The New Messies Manual: The Procrastinator’s Guide To Good Housekeeping
  11. The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want
  12. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life
  13. American Nerd: The Story of My People
  14. Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity
  15. Story of a Girl
  16. Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines
  17. Stitches
  18. A People’s History of American Empire
  19. This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True
  20. The Mom Book Goes to School: Insider Tips to Ensure Your Child Thrives in Elementary and Middle School
  21. Everyday Ways to Raise Smart, Strong, Confident Girls: Successful Teens Tell Us What Works
  22. Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic
  23. Bad Girl: Confessions Of A Teenage Delinquent
  24. Biddy Early: The Wise Woman of Clare
  25. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
  26. Epileptic
  27. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
  28. Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
  29. What I Hate: From A to Z
  30. Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints
  31. Celtic Saints

31 might sound like a lot until you realize that is over a 7 year period which is about 4 a year and even worse it is about 5% of all my reads. So perhaps I need to think abut upping my non-fiction reading.



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8 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2013: Non-fiction is Non-existent

  1. I read The Glass Castle and was quite sad about the whole book. I couldn’t even muster the courage to read her second book….too much sadness and little light, just makes me want to poke my eyes out! 😉 The one thing I did enjoy about the story, was the relationship between the author and her father….watching the stars and naming them as a present for Christmas, was quite special.

  2. I think 31 in 7 years IS quite a lot! I never thought about considering it from a percentage basis – mine is probably also quite low. I don’t read a lot of pure nonfiction but do enjoy memoirs very much.

    The only one on your list that I’ve also read is The Glass Castle (which was fabulous). I need to get busy!


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    1. Thanks. When I started to list them it did seem like more than I remembered but by percentage it is very low.

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