A Non-Fiction a Month is a reading project for people who want to read more or at least one non-fiction book a month. I love non-fiction books, and whenever I read one, I promise myself to read more. After a while, I forget all about it and, end up rereading fiction. Don’t get me wrong; I love fiction! But, I think that non-fiction books are like superfoods for our brains, and we have to nurture them more often. Learning new things with books, especially if they are beautifully written, is a fascinating experience.
There’s nothing quite as exciting or moving as the very finest literary nonfiction.Catherine Jinks
I’m really interested in the new nonfiction. I think the hyper-digital culture has changed our brains in ways we cannot begin to fathom.David Shields
So I’ve decided to read at least one nonfiction a month from now on. To keep up with my reading, I’ve created this reading project so that you guys can discover fascinating non-fiction books and recommend me titles as well. I’ll try to read as diversely as I can. I’ll be reading memoirs, biographies, commentaries, diaries and a lot more! From travel writing to popular science and nature writing to psychology there is a lot I’m eager to discover. I must say I will be reading a lot about art and artists’ lives So stay tuned and please share your favourite non-fiction books with me.
Nonfiction, and in particular the literary memoir, the stylised recollection of personal experience, is often as much about character and story and emotion as fiction is.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Looking for inspiration?
If you are looking for inspiration, you can check out these fantastic lists and find a book that will pique your interest.
Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction
Robert McCrum’s 100 best nonfiction books of all time
All-TIME 100 Nonfiction Books
- A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
- Flaneuse – Lauren Elkin
- To See Clearly, Why Ruskin Matters – Suzanne Cooper
- The Great Economists – Linda Yueh
- Morning – Allan Jenkins
- The Beauty of Everyday Things – Soetsu Yanagi
- Genius Foods – Max Lugavere
- The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver
- How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach
- Kaizen – Sarah Harvey
- The Cypress Tree – Kamin Mohammadi
- On Love – Alain de Botton
- Mom and Me and Mom – Maya Angelou
- Travels with Epicurus – Daniel Klein
- All My Cats – Bohumil Hrabal
- 500 Essential Cult Books – Gina McKinnon
- Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth – Catherine McIlwaine
We like nonfiction because we live in fictitious times.David Shields