In Week 4 of Nonfiction November, Katie @ Doing Dewey brings us Nonfiction Favorites.
She says: We’ve talked about how you pick nonfiction books in previous years, but this week I’m excited to talk about what makes a book you’ve read one of your favorites. Is the topic pretty much all that matters? Are there particular ways a story can be told or particular writing styles that you love? Do you look for a light, humorous approach or do you prefer a more serious tone? Let us know what qualities make you add a nonfiction book to your list of favorites.
First, can I say I love this question?
Especially since I was recently pondering this very topic. A few weeks ago, while talking about books with the Dear Man, I said something and then realized it was abundantly true: I think narrative voice is the most important element for me as a reader.
It stopped me in my tracks, that’s how true it was.
If I enjoy the writer’s voice, I’ll read nearly anything. Here’s proof:
I’ve read and loved these books, which are about topics I wouldn’t say I enjoy reading about:
Police Life (too gritty for my sensibilities, I always think, but then… these books)
I think their lively narrative voice is the reason I dearly adore reading books by journalists. They get right to the point, and they keep it punchy.
So, my fellow nonfiction fanatics… I read for narrative voice. What nonfiction books should I add to my TBR?