Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Recent Obsessions: Non-Fiction Books


While living aboard and on my travels I have discovered a new love: Non-fiction books.  The few that I have read:

Nothing to Envy - Barbara Demick
A reporter finds a few stories about the people living in North Korea.

Committed - Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert's account of dealing with how is going to have to get married.

First They Killed My Father - Loung Ung
The story of one brave little girl and her family through the horrible 1975 Khmer Rouge takeover.
Lucky Child - Loung Ung
Ung's reunited with her sister, who was left behind in Cambodia.

The Girl In The Picture - Denise Chong
The story of the girl who was photographed running naked from a napalm blast that hit her village and how that photograph changed her life.

The Accidental Billionaire - Ben Mezrich
The creation of Facebook.  From the points of view, of a selected few.

Currently Reading: Touching My Father's Soul - Jamling T. Norgay
A son is following in his father's footsteps up Everest during one of the most deadliest seasons: winter of 1996.

All of these I recommend!

When I was little, I hated reading.  As a grew a little older and wiser my appetite for reading grew.  Now I am an avid reader.  I love reading.  Before moving to Singapore, I loved to read Fiction books.  It amazed me to read stories about people's imaginations and the stories that can create from just thinking of a new idea.  Since moving and now traveling, I have new found love for non-fiction books.  Reading about events that really did happen and people who have survived the unthinkable; can be inspiring, dreadful and happy.  Sometimes, I cannot believe that some stories really did happen, they seem so far fetched!