Reading Non-Fiction in 2016

One of my self-imposed reading challenges this year was to read 12 non-fiction titles; one a month. Since I usually manage about one a year this will be a definite step up! However, we’re no more than three weeks into 2016, and I think I will have to reduce the final number of non-fic titles which I hope to read.

My January non-fic book is Weatherland by Alexandra Harris; a truly wonderful book about the changing ideas of weather throughout English culture, told through art, sculpture, plays and poems. I’m roughly 100 pages through the 395 page tome (not counting the biblio & notes!) and while I could charge through and finish off 295 packed pages in the next two weeks, I don’t think I would really be properly absorbing it.

The other non-fiction titles on my to-read list so far are SPQR by Mary Beard, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy, Lean Out by Dawn Foster and Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques.

So, rather than attempt to rush through these carefully researched and beautifully written titles, I’m going to focus on simply getting the most out of each of them. Perhaps I will finish all six this year, and perhaps I’ll still be reading one or two come January 2017. Stayed tuned to find out…

 

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