Earlier this year, I made a goal to read or listen to fifty non-fiction books. I read 47 - not bad, considering I'm in the middle of 3 non-fiction books right now, and I still have 11 days left to go in the year.
My non-fiction books look a lot different from my reading list I created at the end of last year. I managed to get through only 15 of 40 on my list. I can't decide if I need to read harder, or if I need to ease up a bit on my list. I have some very ambitious books on my list while my actual non-fiction reading leaned more towards travel memoirs and cook books. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Here are the non-fiction highlights from 2016. (Note, I'm talking about books I read in 2016, not necessarily books published in 2016.)
Best General Non-fiction from 2016:
Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean - Makes you sad that you didn't pay more attention to the space shuttle program when it was around.
The Road Not Taken by David Orr - An in depth look at the poem everyone quotes without understanding.
When Books Went To War by Molly Guptil Manning - A testamnet to the power of reading.
Best travel memoirs from 2016:
Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery - Read this book if you want to feel weak (but in a good way.)
Walking with Plato by Gary Hayden - An excellent walking book where the walkers don't end up fighting or divorced at the end.
Braving It by Ben Campbell - A father and daughter go to backwoods Alaska. What could go wrong?
Best Biographies from 2016:
100 Recipes by America's Test Kitchen - Everything in this book is amazing. I keep having grand plans of cooking through it.
Home Cooked by Anya Fernald - Another book of delicious food, but also a great book to curl up with on a stormy day.
Everyone is Italian on Sunday by Rachel Ray - No gimmicks in this book, just great food. Try the oatmeal.
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