I Read Non-Fiction… and I Liked it!

February 25, 2016 Book Review 4

So as I mentioned in this weeks TTT post, I really don’t read around much. I know what I like (YA, NA, Fantasy, Dystopian) and I stick with it. Mostly out of fear I guess, because the few times I have venture away from my typical genres it hasn’t gone so well.

But this year when deciding on my challenges I decided to throw a ‘Non Fiction’ one in there to read 12 Non Fiction books this year.

I’ve found in the past that non fiction books can, at times, be a little more expensive then the usual books that I read. So I have been looking on Netgalley at the Non Fiction on there and have found some really good ones which I have really enjoyed reading. (I’m sure they must have thought that someone must have hacked my account when I started requesting non fiction after 2 years of only requesting YA!)

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

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Release Date: 29th March 2016
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This is the perfect little book for an animal lover, or just anyone who loves amazing their friends and family with their knowledge of random facts! I, myself, have already amazed my sister with some fascinating facts about polar bears actually being black and bees never sleeping!

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I haven’t read an illustrated book since I was in school but I loved the illustrations in this one. Such a unique style of drawing, Säfström managed to show off the animals personalities with just a pencil.

A gem of a book, I highly recommend the paper version though, as the eBook was a little hard to read and be able to fully appreciate the illustrations.

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Simple Calligraphy: The Beginners Guide to Elegant Lettering

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Release Date: 19th April 2016
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I have always found calligraphy to be such a beautiful and useful skill to have and so when I saw this book I immediately wanted it with hopes that by the end of it I would be writing super beautiful calligraphy everywhere. Well I’m not going to lie to you, unfortunately you wont be a brilliant calligraphist after reading this book, but you will know how to do what you are meant to be doing (even if, like me, you still can’t do it!)

The book is divided into various sections for the various things you will be wanting to write such as small letters, capitals, numerals, flourishes etc. It gives loads of information on the tools and materials you need to be using, plus some great ideas for the type of things you can create with your new (or non-existent in my case) calligraphy skills.

Just like with the animal facts book I would definitely recommend you getting this one as a paper book, as the eBook was slightly hard to use when looking at the images. Even so, I feel like this book gave me a great basic knowledge of what I’m meant to be doing and after some (a lot!) of practice I should be able to write something half decent.

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Release Date: 22nd March 2016
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I don’t know about you but I often have moments when I feel a little insecure about the friendships in my life. I can go and meet up with some of my friends and have a catch up and a really great time, and then sat on the train home I seem to analyse the evening and how my friends reacted to me or the things that I said or did. Maybe it’s just me?

I went into this book not really knowing what I was expecting from it or what I wanted from it. If anything I feel like it made me feel even more insecure about my friendships! There were a lot of rating questions for example, on a scale of 1-10 how satisfied are you with your current level of frientimacy? I’ve never rated my friendships before and it wasn’t something I found easy to do here, plus what even is ‘Frientimacy’?! I read most of the book and still have no idea what this word really means!

On reflection I don’t think this book is for me. With chapter titles like ‘Owning Our Intimacy Gaps’, ‘The Frientimacy Triangle’ and ‘Identifying Frientimacy Imbalance’ it seemed a bit , I don’t know the right word… cheesy (?) patronising (?) at times. Nelson talks about how she sits with her friends and they go round the circle and each say something they like about their friendship group and something more they want from their friendship group. I think if I suggested that to my friends they would all laugh.

A lot of people will find this useful, no doubt about that, but for me I think I’ll stick to weekly cocktail catch ups with the girls, as they seem to be working out fine for me so far!

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So, Non-Fiction…

So far I’m really liking what I’ve read. I think I’m better with the books that I actually learn facts or a skill from rather than the discussion books like Frientimacy which I found a lot harder to follow and much of the information a little useless. I’ve started to look round at some more books to try out which no-doubt I will be telling you all about soon!

Do you read much Non-Fiction?

What sort of non-fiction books do you like reading?

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4 Responses to “I Read Non-Fiction… and I Liked it!”

  1. Haley M

    I’ve been reading a lot more nonfiction this year too! Mostly books about psychology/brain science. I get most of mine from Blogging for Books, which if you aren’t a member already, you should definitely check it out. Their selection isn’t as wide as NG, but you actually get a real copy of the book! Great job going out of your comfort zone 🙂

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve just signed up, looks great.
      I’m not smart enough for brain related non fiction, I’m more of a baker/craft non fiction reader! But I have really enjoyed my non fiction reading, will definitely be checking out more! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I don’t actually read that many non-fiction books. I find it hard to concentrate reading them as there is no story to follow. Also, it reminds me way too much of university required reading, at times. That being said, there are a few non-fiction books I’ve really enjoyed. I liked Caitlin Moran’s book How To Be A Woman and enjoyed that. I also read MWF Seeking BFF a year or two ago and found it really interesting because making friends as you get older is really hard! And Freakonomics was really interesting as well. I wish there was some kind of connection between the non-fiction books I read, but there isn’t really. I suppose, I either want them to be teaching me something interesting, like Freakonomics, or I like them to be about people and real life things, like MWF Seeking BFF.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      I can understand that, I have struggled with some too. I’m better with the ones with some kind of instruction/tutorial type non fiction. How To Be A Woman looks funny, but I don’t know if I’d make it all the way through it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂