Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Non-Fiction Used to be My Lover

You know, it's really hard to be a blogger when your home internet decides not to work every other day...

Well anywho!

It seems lately I’ve been on this non-fiction book kick. I don’t know why but I think everyone reads in their own little genre spurts. Non-fiction books used to be my one and only love but the beginning of last year I got into the classics. And I’ve been in love ever since. Not that classics are now all I read of course, but they’re by far the majority. Usually it’ll go classic, classic, literary fiction, classic, non-fiction…and the cycle repeats. Although this does all depend on the whims of the Chicago Public Library and when they feel the urge to divulge the wonderful books I’ve placed on hold. So if a non-fiction book I placed on hold a month ago suddenly becomes available I have no choice but to break my pattern. I simply MUST read it. I must!

But lately I just needed the non-fic back in my life. I think part of the problem was that the classics I have read recently haven’t been as wholly awesome as I have wanted them to be. Not that they have been bad, but they have mostly been in the 3 star range. Then came Isaac’s Storm and that was close to a 5 star book. It reminded me of how great my non-fiction lover could be!

So I strayed from my pattern and picked up one of my birthday books: American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson. It was a memoir (and really what a treat, I’ll be writing my review later this week). Now I’m reading another non-fiction. Part true crime, part just a simple story of the Texas legal system and a lawyer’s life called The Autobiography of an Execution by David R. Dow. Next up: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. I know you all have to have heard of that one!

I know after these I’ll go back to my pattern but it does feel nice to shake things up every once in a while, you know? Hopefully I’ll return back into the foray of classics with a great one. A feminist one? Suggestions?


bookspersonally said...

Change can be good! These sound good- look forward to your reviews of them :D

Anonymous said...

Change is always good--it rejuvenates your reading! I also live in Chicago and have a love-hate relationship with CPL--sometimes they take forever to process books I put on hold!

llevinso said...

You two are right, change is good and it reinvigorates my reading just when I might otherwise be slumping! And yes eatthebooks, the CPL can be very slow sometimes. I was actually surprised at how quickly I received the Cleopatra book.

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