BAND February 2012: What Nonfiction Don’t You Like
B.A.N.D., Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees, launched in July and is being run by a small group of bloggers as a way to promote the love of nonfiction amount bloggers. Each month a discussion question will be put forward giving everyone and anyone the chance to respond. If you are interested in hosting a month do check out the tumblr site and let us know!
Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness hosted the first discussion, asking What’s your favorite type of nonfiction? in July. In August I led the discussion, asking How did you get into nonfiction? In September Cass wanted to know about nonfiction audiobooks, asking if we had listened and enjoyed. In October Ash asked what our favorite nonfiction anthologies were. In November Amanda asked if we read nonfiction to help support a cause. Last month Erin guest hosts from Erin Reads and asked (leave your response on how we determine truth in the nonfiction that we read. Last month Joy asked what books we are using for resolutions or projects. This month Kim is again hosting and has asked:
What is one type of nonfiction you dislike and why? And, as an extra challenge (if you choose to accept it), ask your readers to recommend a book to try!
I’m a bit behind here, only just posting on the February prompt in March, but that is OK because we decided to take a break this month anyway. Do remember that if you’d like to host a month you can express your interest by filling out the form!
This is a difficult question for me to answer. I like, really, almost all nonfiction. The stuff that everyone else finds dry and boring, I just love. As an example, I actually have requested textbooks off Bookmooch because I think they sound really interesting and I didn’t take many fun and interesting courses in university. I know, I am a big nerd (and quite proud of it I’ll also say!).
To be honest, I think at this point my least favorite type of nonfiction reads is memoirs. Although I have read and have loved many, I find it hard to really agree with and believe everything that they are saying. I also have issues with them because I am always cringing at what others being mentioned really think, and how they picture the events. I know that there are multiple truths to every story and event but I can’t help but wonder – what if I was a minor or secondary character in someone else’s memoir. How would I feel? Would I have recourse if I felt they lied?
Another type of nonfiction I am less than enthused about are books written about specific subject matters by non-experts, or books that are clearly and obviously heavily biased with little fact checking. It comes down to the prior question we talked about in BAND of how do you know what to trust – I want experts, I want indexes and references and tons of footnotes or endnotes. A lack of these makes me sceptical and makes me enjoy the book much less.
So now I leave it to you – any recommendations for me?