My 5 Top Non-Fiction Book Recommendations

A lot of my book recommendation posts focus around a theme, because I find that people (myself included) aren’t just looking for any book but one in a certain genre or on a certain theme. Today’s recommendations are fairly broad but also focused: my top 5 non-fiction books! Although I’m open to most any genre, a lot of readers like to focus on non-fiction, and there are some truly gifted writers who aren’t working in fiction. History, humour, biography, there’s a good range in topics and styles for anyone to enjoy!

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3 Books for the Modern Jane Austen Reader

While there are a lot of people who find the classics out of date and hard to understand, there are still many of us who love to dig into Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters and Charles Dickens and the stories and worlds that they have created. While it may feel like these books are overwhelming and a lot of work, sometimes knowing the context behind it all can make a world of difference. These books are the perfect way to understand what life was like in the Regency and Georgian periods, and just how Jane Austen came to be so very important all of these years later!

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Books for a Rainy Afternoon

I don’t know what everyone else’s weather is like right now, but my weather has been particularly rainy and cold as of late. I’m a fall and winter person, so I’m not entirely upset but sometimes you find yourself with more time inside than you originally planned on having. Although I’m sure that many of us have lost more days (or weeks) to the draw of Netflix and other streaming services than we would like to admit, sometimes it is nice to unplug and unwind from the world a little bit. Today I’m recommending a few books that will tide you over for a days while you are waiting out a bad patch of weather and hiding from the world!

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Kobo Audiobooks: The Lowdown So Far

For anyone who is even slightly interested in ereading and audiobooks will know that most companies stick to one or the other. You will have the odd pairing like Kindle and Audible who work together (through their parent company Amazon) but it’s usually one or the other. Well, that has now changed: Kobo has entered the audiobook game! This may not be a big deal to those who aren’t particularly invested in the arena of electronic books but I can assure you that this is huge news. I actually screamed when I saw the post in line at Tim Hortons- the screaming hasn’t stopped yet. So, here is the breakdown and what we know so far:

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Chick Lit Tag, 2017

I’ve decided it is time- time for a chick lit tag to inspire us fans to share our favourite books, discover new authors, and share the chick lit love that is lacking in the book world! Many will pooh-pooh at chick lit and dismiss it as pure fluff that doesn’t deserve any time or attention away from a vacation on a beach, but those of us who know the genre understand that it’s often easy-going and light-hearted nature is exactly what draws us to it. This is meant to be a fun tag to share our favourites and see who else feels the chick lit love!

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The 5 Audiobooks You Need to Listen To

Audiobooks are a fairly controversial topic in the world of books, possibly even as controversial as the raging debate over physical and ebooks. (You may think that I’m being dramatic, but these are big issues that companies pour far too much money into promoting one side or the other.) Many people see listening to audiobooks as “cheating”, that if you keep track of the books you read for a yearly challenge or countdown, that it doesn’t “count” because you didn’t read it with your eyes. It’s okay if you are hearing impaired, otherwise it’s reading the traditional way or nothing. Well, I’m hear to say (pun INTENDED) that taking a book in through any venue is a worthwhile pursuit and good for your soul. These are my five favourite audiobooks that I think that everyone should listen to, and I hope you will give them a chance!

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How to Be a Social Reader

Sometimes I think that I’m pretty up on what the cool kids are into- streets ahead, you might say-, and sometimes I am years behind and have literally no idea what’s going on. Reading has always been a pretty huge part of my life, so obviously I’ve been avidly using GoodReads to catalogue, research, and review all of the books that I read, listen to, and want to find. However, in the span of about three days I was introduced to not one but two new social networks for reading and I have no idea how I hadn’t heard of them before now! Here is a quick intro and review of LibraryThing and Litsy, to hopefully spur you on in your reading pursuits!

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3 Ways to Reduce Your To-Read List

Bookaholic, voracious reader, obsessed with books. All of these terms get tossed around when books and me come up in the same conversation. I will admit, I can’t say no to a good book. Or even a substandard book that I am willing to give a chance. What this means is that my to-read list on Goodreads is at a cool 1187 books, not to mention the few hundred ebooks and physical books that I have waiting for my attention as well. It starts to feel a little bit daunting when I think about just how many books are waiting, so I’m using this three steps to de-clutter my list!

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4 Reasons to Watch and Read Outlander

Outlander, the books that have been in the world for twenty plus years and the tv show that was twenty years in the making! Often called “Game of Thrones for women”, I firmly believe that Outlander is for everyone. I totally realise that as a historian who mainly studies the history of Ireland and the British Isles that I might be a tad biased, but maybe that also means that I can recommend it even more. The third season of the television show premiers September 10, and this is the perfect time to get caught up in books and on screen before it starts up again!

4 Reasons You Should be Reading and Watching Outlander

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3 Ways to Improve Your Reading Experience

If you are new to the blog or only read one area of the blog, I’m a big reader! I mean, I’m physically petite but I tear through books in no time. No matter what is happening, you can always cozy up with a good book and get lost for a few hours. Fiction, biography, mystery, history, suspense, even cooking books- grab a book and let yourself go! A new book that you’ve been waiting to read or an audiobook that has a fantastic narrator, there is a book out there for you right now. Today’s post is all about to improve your reading experience and make the most of your time to yourself!

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