It’s week two of Nonfiction November.

“What are you looking for when you pick up a nonfiction book? Do you have a particular topic you’re attracted to? Do you have a particular writing style that works best? When you look at a nonfiction book, does the title or cover influence you?” – hosted by Rachel


I had to think about this topic for a long time.  I’m not sure what exactly draws me to a book.  I’m 100% a mood reader so what I want to read varies day by day.  Here are a few characteristics that will keep me interested in a book though.

A Year in the Life

I’m a complete sucker for books written because the author takes on a challenge for a particular period of time.  You decided to stand on your head on top of every mountain you could climb in the course of a year?  I’d totally read your book.

The Year of Living DanishlyThe Unlikely DiscipleRejection Proof

Go On A Quest

I love books where the authors travel to research their topic and tell the story of the journey along with what they found.

Naked At LunchTrip of the TongueMeet Me In Atlantis

Obviously the topic can be anything.   Make it a fun journey and I’m in.

Talk About Food

Obviously, I’m a bit obsessed on the topic of books about food.  I do have a Foodies Read monthly link up on the topic.  I love reading the stories of ingredients or the food business.  Even though I’m a vegetarian/wannabe vegan I’ll read books about farming too.

BananaTruffle BoyLocally Laid

Change The World

Books about fighting injustice or helping people always catch my eye.

Outcasts UnitedA Path AppearsHeadscarves and Hymens

What Draws You To A Nonfiction Book?

14 Replies to “Nonfiction November – How Do I Choose Books?”

  1. I’m all over those “go on a quest” books, too, and need to investigate all three you mentioned. Have you read The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck…. it fit’s into that category and I really enjoyed it last year.

  2. I don’t think I’ve ready anything that falls into any of your categories! Much as I love eating , I’m not a fan about reading all about it. Perhaps the quest is the closest I’ve come to, but not really in the way you’ve meant it. It’s fascinating what a variety is out there in non- fiction!

  3. Your “A Year in the Life” category is right up my alley as well, though I didn’t give it much thought until just now! I’ve also seen these called “stunt” books, but I kind of feel like that has a more negative connotation.

  4. Admittedly, I haven’t read books that would fit into all of these categories. I’m trying though. 🙂 I especially like the thought of reading books on subjects that create change.

  5. All of those ideas are definitely a reason why I would to check out a book, but I don’t read many about food. Not sure why that is. lol

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