Every year I try to read at least 12 books. Up until three years ago, the bulk of my reading was from the fiction section (think Pride and Prejudice, Twilight, Confessions of a Shopaholic). That may have been due to my status as a student for so long and getting into the habit of using my personal reading time for something light and entertaining. Nevertheless, when I watched the movie Julie and Julia, I realized I might be missing out on a plethora of interesting stories, people, history, etc. So, I decided to start my journey into non-fiction by reading Julie’s book, on which the movie is based.
It was an interesting read. Definitely entertaining, but not in the same “light” way as the fiction I had been reading. There were many moments when the book made me ponder what my own reaction would have been. All in all, I determined it was time to change gears.
Since then, I have been reading mostly non-fiction. It is thought provoking and personally challenging. Although, I still feel much of it is delightfully entertaining, there are moments when I wish it wasn’t real. It causes deep personal reflection on matters that I would otherwise avoid through my choice of fiction.
Below is the list of non-fiction books I have read since my encounter with Julie and Julia. My goal is to publish a post for each of these books in the coming months, sharing what motivated me to read the book and some thoughts that have stuck with me. So stay tuned!
- Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
- A Civil Society by Peter Hart
- The 100-Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon
- Carjacked by Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez
- Bottlemania by Elizabeth Royte
- Mom Inc. by Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell
- You Can Change by Tim Chester
- Self-Reliant Cities by David Morris
- Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
- Hold Onto Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate
- Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
- My Life in France by Julie Child and Alex Prud’homme
- Joyride by Mia Birk
- The True History of Chocolate by Sophie D. and Michael D. Coe
- A Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
- The New Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman