BAND May 2012: Nonfiction I Hate to Admit I Enjoy
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.
- In December Erin guest hosts from Erin Reads and asked how we determine truth in the nonfiction that we read.
- In January Joy asked what books we’ve used to support reading goals or resolutions.
- In February Kim hosted again and asked what nonfiction we don’t like.
- In March we took a month off.
- In April Care asked what our favorite quirky nonfiction titles and authors were.
- This month Sheila asks:
This is a difficult one for me, as I tend to talk about everything here. The easiest way to answer might be to discuss the nonfiction that I sometimes have a hard time talking about in real life with people who don’t know me over the blog. Explaining to a co-worker why you are reading a book on polio in northern Nigeria, for example, can often prove to be an interesting conversation. That said, explaining why I am reading books on gender studies or racism or other social justice issues brings up whole other conversations in which I get to try to explain the importance of knowing more about the world in which we live.
I think the topic I’m most loath to admit is the fact that I am interested in all these books, and I own a huge number, but then they sit on my shelf. I’m not so much ashamed to admit that I love them, but ashamed to admit that I’ve still not read so many that I’m excited about, if that makes sense. A topic will come up and I’m ashamed to admit interest because the couple of books I picked up on the topic are still sitting unread on my shelf…
What about you, what type of nonfiction are you ashamed to admit you enjoy?