Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees, or BAND, is a thing where any blogger who likes any sort of non-fiction can join in and discuss awesome books! Huzzah! You can learn more about BAND at Kim’s blog here. And don’t forget to join in if you’d like!
This month’s BAND discussion is hosted by Amy of Amy Reads, and the discussion topic is:
How did you get into reading nonfiction? Do you remember your first nonfiction book or subject? If so, do you still read those subjects?
I never really read non-fiction when I was younger, not unless I was forced to by my teachers. If I did read a non-fiction book, it was because I had read a fiction book beforehand and wanted to know more. (Or, more likely, I found a non-fiction book sitting next to a fiction one and read it thinking it was fiction. My elementary school library wasn’t the most organized of places.) It wasn’t until I got into my travel memoir phase in college that I started reading non-fiction on its own merit (including non-travel memoir non-fiction).
I’m fairly certain my first non-fiction book was either something on ancient Egyptian history (one of my obsessions in elementary school) or something on the Pinkertons (spies/detectives were my other obsession). Those both happened because I was in love with The Egypt Game and Harriet the Spy— also I thought I would be a private investigator/Egyptologist when I grew up, so it seemed like a good idea to bone up on those subjects.
After that, I usually worked my way through whatever else I was obsessed with: paranormal stuff (middle school), political history (early high school), memoirs/biographies (later high school) and, finally, travel memoirs (which I wrote about for last month’s discussion).
I’m still kind of obsessed with the things I listed above (except for politics), although they’ve morphed into slightly different beasts. My general obsession for all things detectives, for instance, is now an obsession for all things Sherlock Holmes. For the most part, those interests manifest in fiction books more than non-fiction (not sure why).
As for non-fiction, right now I mostly stick with memoirs. I assume I’ll become obsessed with something else in the next couple of years, but I have no idea what it’ll be. (Quite possibly it could be urban farming/homesteading/etc., as I’ve sneakily started a little collection of books on those subjects already. Haven’t read them, though.)
Do you still read books about things you were interested in when you were younger?