On Reading: My Struggles with Nonfiction

Hi, readers!

Today I’m talking about nonfiction books. Personally, I’ve always struggled with reading nonfiction. I find it’s often very dry, slow moving, too technical, or difficult to read. I’ve had a bit more success with nonfiction books directly related to some of my interests, but even then it often takes weeks for me to slowly make my way through a book.

One trick I have recently discovered is that I seem to do well with memoirs. Memoirs are nonfiction but can often read more like fiction, as they are recounting a moment or series of moments in someone’s life. And when it comes to nonfiction about, say, feminist texts or biographies, I’ve learned that it helps me to break up the reading and finish a few pages every day. This prevents me from feeling bogged down while still making progress and keeping the information fresh in my mind.

Here are five nonfiction recommendations:

1. The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs

(book is available here)

2. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II by Liza Mundy

(read my review post here and book is available here)

3. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

(book is available here)

4. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

(book is available here)

5. Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

(read my review post here and book is available here)

That’s it for today! Do you enjoy reading nonfiction? What sorts of nonfiction books do you like to read?

I am an affiliate with Book Depository and as such, receive a tiny commission should you choose to click through any of the above links and purchase the book(s). Thank you for supporting A Word is Power!

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