There’s not many guidelines on my blog, but when it comes to counting how many books I read each year, I’m stricter on myself than other bloggers. Yes, it sounds impressive when you tell people that your final count is in the three-digits, or at least any number higher than one a week. And if all those reads are substantial, then good for you!
However, I’m usually skeptical because some readers like to pad their lists with poems, short stories, children’s books, novelty books, or anything else that you can finish in a few hours. I’ve done it every now and then, like with David Levithan’s charming The Lover’s Dictionary—which I wish was much longer!
But for the most part, I choose typical-sized novels. My average page count last year was 300 pages per book. I’ve also read a ton of Japanese manga in my day, but as much as I love graphic novels, I just don’t feel like counting them when their word count is extremely low.
Is my self-imposed limitation silly? Perhaps. There’s one genre that I feel doesn’t get enough recognition in book-blogging: non-fiction. Oftentimes, they’re just as lengthy as their fictional counterparts, and just as intriguing. Sometimes a text gains a ton of buzz with journalists, like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, but the book-blogging community tends to exclusively discuss fiction, since it’s easy to escape into imaginary universes.
That doesn’t mean that we’re not reading non-fiction. From historical biographies to sociological research to self-help books, there’s a ton of interesting stuff to read out there. So I thought that I would review the five most pertinent to me, one for each weekday. Even though I don’t count them on Books I’ve Read, it’s nice to remind ourselves of all the “side-reading” we do, so to speak.
Here’s the plan for the Book Club Babe Non-Fiction Week:
- Monday: Generation Me by Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D.
- Tuesday: 20 Something, 20 Everything by Christine Hassler
- Wednesday: Life After College by Jenny Blake
- Thursday: Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
- Friday: On Writing by Stephen King
Be sure to discuss your favorite works of non-fiction in the comments and how you feel about the genre as a whole. Then check back each day this week for a bonus book review!