Category: About Reading

Nonfiction November: My Year in Reading Nonfiction

It’s Nonfiction November, a five-week event of discussions on everything related to nonfiction. This week’s prompt, hosted by What’s Nonfiction, is about looking back at our year of reading nonfiction.  What was our favorite read, what did we recommend most often, and which topics were we drawn to?  I’ve read 15 nonfiction books so far this…

My October Reading Wrap-Up

If September was about vacation, October was about getting back to work and dealing with house and health issues. Our attempt to adopt a pair of cats didn’t work out; unfortunately our older cat wasn’t up to the stress of dealing with newcomers, and our idea to give him some company wasn’t well-timed. We were…

My September Reading Wrap-Up

September was an exciting month, from our two weeks in Hawaii to our search for a pair of cats to join our family.  We’re going through a trial adoption right now, so until that’s official I won’t say more.  But I will share a few pics of our vacation (none of Mr.CG, though, because I…

Books on My Fall TBR List

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is the list of books on my fall to-be-read list. I felt really good about my summer TBR list, so I’ve decided to go back to planning my reading a bit more. The first are three books I’ve already started (maybe they don’t really…

Fifteen of the Best Audiobooks I’ve Listened to This Year

For this post I picked out some of my favorite audiobooks from this year so far (these books weren’t necessarily published this year). They range from very serious to just for fun – I think audiobooks work best for really emotional topics, and are often perfect for lighter, atmospheric books like romances, horror, and mystery. I…

My June Reading Wrap-Up

June was a month where I concentrated on taking care of myself — I’m doing yoga, meditation, and generally trying to keep anxiety levels at a manageable level. I’m working on appreciating my life more and worrying less about things I can’t control. Easier said than done, but I’m learning some good approaches. Here’s what I…

Some of my favorite books that blend fiction and nonfiction

I love novels that are so steeped in history, they meld fiction and nonfiction. These are most often historical novels about real people who did noteworthy things, where the author builds the story around both fictional and nonfictional characters and dialogue. The best of these novels are deeply researched, and by the end I’ve experienced history in…