Susan’s Non-Fiction Picks of 2014
This year, I set a new goal: To read one non-fiction book every month. So far, I’ve completed 15 non-fiction titles, so I’m calling it a success, even though technically I didn’t finish a non-fiction book in June. For the other months of this year, it has been a worthwhile experiment with some great finds along the way.
Here are my top non-fiction picks from this year.
The Secret Life of Pronouns ($9.99) Fascinating! A social psychologist and language expert shows how analysis has found that the most important words we use are the smallest ones. It’s interesting material, told in an entertaining way that changed the way I (the most common word in the English language, BTW) look at and listen to words.
Lincoln’s Battle With God ($9.48) A thoroughly researched look at Abraham Lincoln’s journey from growing up in a strict religious household, to rejecting all religion as a young intellectual, then coming to grips with tragic loss and seeking God’s direction for the nation. Fresh, honest insight on a subject that never seems to get old.
In Broad Daylight This true crime classic tells about a small Missouri town being terrorized by a bully, the townspeople desperate action and the silence that has persisted for now 30 years. It’s just $3.99.
Lost in Shangri-La ($8.76) This non-fiction tale of a World War II rescue fell into my path because I thought it was a novel when I started out. Truth, as usual, turned out to be much more interesting than fiction. I was on the edge of my seat through this well-told story. Truly amazing.
No Easy Day ($7.99) I’m a little late to the party with this 2012 first-hand account of the Navy Seals capture of Bin Laden. Time has made the story no less intense and it is a gripping story.
Reading Goal Poll
Setting goals of what books or genre to read in the year is a fun way to expand your reading experience, maybe even try a category you don’t normally read. Susan set a goal of one non-fiction book a month. I set a goal of listening to six classics on audiobook. Take the goal poll below about your reading goal for 2014:
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