Week 4: (Nov. 19 to 23) – Reads Like Fiction (Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction): Nonfiction books often get praised for how they stack up to fiction. Does it matter to you whether nonfiction reads like a novel? If it does, what gives it that fiction-like feeling? Does it depend on the topic, the writing, the use of certain literary elements and techniques? What are your favorite nonfiction recommendations that read like fiction? And if your nonfiction picks could never be mistaken for novels, what do you love about the differences?
This is a week late so it’s going to be a quick post. When I was thinking about what books to chose for this week I looked at my nonfiction shelf on Goodreads and picked these without any hesitation. These three had me reading in disbelief and reminding myself that they were true accounts and not fiction, even though they read like fiction to me.
My review for A Very English Scandal is here if you want to read it, but the other two are from years ago, before I was blogging regularly.
I took about a year to read The Pianist because it was so upsetting to read and I needed regular breaks to take in the horrors of what I’d been reading.
I listened to The Devil in Pew Number Seven back in 2011 and part of my review on Goodreads says this “What an amazing audio this is! As I was listening I kept reminding myself that it was a true story. The events of the author’s life are so traumatic, that they seemed like they were the contents of a novel.”
So I guess the answer to your question Rennie is yes, I do sometimes like my nonfiction to read as fiction, but not all the time as sometimes it can be too much, depending on the topic.