Some of my all-time favorite non-fiction reads.
To expand on my recent post asking whether or not if what you read inspires your writing, I started to think about various trends in my reading habits and how over the last 5 years I have been both reading and writing non-fiction almost exclusively.
From the time I learned to read at the age of four, I’ve been voraciously been devouring book after book.
My teen years were primarily horror & mystery, (no doubt a spin-off from reading late 70’s horror comics) moving through every book by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, and all of the other authors that wanted to be just like them. I also read a lot of true crime and the occasional biography up through my mid twenties, but it was still mostly fiction up until I read a book called “Falling off the Map” about 8 years ago. While on a much needed getaway in Ocean City Maryland with a good friend, we happened upon a used bookstore and I found Pico Iyer’s book about his journey to little traveled places in the world and thus secured my role as an armchair traveler for the next several years. I then sped quickly through the adventure/travelogue genre snatching up everything I could by Bill Bryson, Jeff Greenwald, Redmond O’Hanlon, Eric Hanson etc.
And then I found Augusten. Best selling author of “Running with Scissors” was my fist introduction to the memoir. Augusten changed everything for me. Comedic tales of his dysfunctional family and unusual upbringing was a huge inspiration in helping me open up in my own journal and to tell my own stories. Though I’ve tried on several occasions to write fiction, it’s much easier for me to tell stories as I lived them.
And you dear reader?