Nonfiction November: Diversity and Nonfiction

Week 3 (November 17 to 23): Diversity and Nonfiction

Love your nonfiction? Nonfiction November is hosted by an awesome bunch of peeps: Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness, Leslie of Regular Rumination, Becca of I'm Lost In Books and Katie of Doing Dewey.

Diversity and Nonfiction: What does “diversity” in books mean to you? Does it refer to book’s location or subject matter? Or is it the author’s nationality or background? What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most in your nonfiction? What countries/cultures would you like nonfiction recommendations for?

I think it's both ... and more! Diversity is all about celebrating differences -- different locales, subject matter, authors. I personally enjoy reading eclectically because by default it's pretty random. I learn so much about the world, about life, and about people which I otherwise wouldn't. (Believe it or not, I'm kind of shy in real life.)

Where have I read?

I started up a Book Map to keep track of where all the stories take place. (Note that only the ones marked in green are nonfiction).

Based on my map, I don't seem to have a preference for any specific country as I seem to read all over the place! I haven't tried doing any specific challenges geared towards reading a particular culture or by author nationality.

What am I reading?

I've also started a general listing of my non-fiction reads according to subject matter. I have a pretty decent list of foodie reads (we talked about this in the last post), business and economics, and memoirs and biographies. Check out my full list here.

I would love to get more Asian-authored and Asia-based books in my TBR. If you have any recommendations, do let me know!


  1. Ooooo...I love the idea of mapping where your books take place.

    Going to check out your Book Map Link.

    I hope you are staying warm. It is FREEZING in Pittsburgh. BRRRRR.


  2. First Darling of the Morning by Thrity Umrigar is her memoir, very good and set in India. Other than that I have not read any Asian nonfiction.

  3. That book map is cool! I recently read a memoir set in North Korea you might enjoy -- Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim.


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