Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top Ten Favourite Non-fiction Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted at The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Favourite Non-fiction Books (in no particular order):

I finished reading the book Balasaraswati: Her Art and Life yesterday. I realized I have been reading quite a lot of non-fiction these past couple of months. I love fiction, but there are a bunch of non-fiction books that I just couldn't help loving just as much.

1. Danse Macabre by Stephen King - (that's French for Dance of Death) a look at horror books, movies, comic books, tv series and more by one of the best horror writers ever!

2. Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell - "how little things can make a big difference"; one of the first non-fiction books I read and liked.

3. The Wonder that was India by A. L. Basham - an amazing book on ancient Indian history that studies the culture of India before the arrival of Muslims.

4. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach - a wonderful popular science book about the use of cadavers in science and the ethical issues surrounding it.

5. A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain - a collection of hilarious essays about a journey through central and southern Europe!

6. Lectures on the Science of Language by Friedrich Max Mueller - Well, this is pretty much the first book I have read on linguistics and I love it.

7. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones - a must-read for all fantasy fiction fans; written in the form of a tourist guide, the book pokes fun at all the cliches of fantasy fiction.

8. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King - this is another favourite by Stephen King; a book that deals with the art of writing fiction and King's own journey to becoming a famous writer, written more in the form of random anecdotes and experiences than a story.

9. The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers by Ayn Rand - an extensive analysis of the four basic components of good fiction: theme, plot, characterization and style..

10. The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett - how a real cat is hardly anything like the ones that you see in cat food advertisements. This is a must read for all pet owners!!

What are your favourite non-fiction reads?


Laura said...

I loved Danse Macabre and I basically know nothing about horror, outside of Stephen King! So it's a masterful piece of non-fiction, I feel! Great list- quite a few new-to-me books that have piqued my interest!

TP said...

Loved reading this list - non-fiction is not something I read often, but some of these books sound like something I could really get into.

Nina said...

I really need to try a book written by Stephen King! I really should!

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