Monday, June 27, 2016

Musing Mondays (55) Recent Nonfiction Favorites

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.

My Musings for the Week...

Random weekly question from June 13th: What book have you wanted to read for a long time, but still haven’t?

Oh, probably Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I read the first two books in the trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight. I really enjoyed them, and despite the books being some of my favorites I haven't gotten around to actually finishing the trilogy, 

Other Musings...

2016 has been a very good year for nonfiction. I haven’t read many biographical works of nonfiction, so I can’t really comment on whether or not I have a specific dislike for them. So, the ones I’ve read have mostly concerned history and/or science as the subject. Today, I’m going to share my recent nonfiction favorites. 
The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts: This was a cute book with random animal facts, illustrated by the author. It was kind of random, just featuring a bunch of interesting facts—some of which I had already known about, but others were totally new to me.

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History: This book was about rain facts. Of all the nonfiction that I've read, there hasn't been one specifically about rain. So, I was really excited to give Rain a try. Barnett did a good job of organizing the facts, plus the writing was excellent and engaging. The overall reading experience was interesting since Rain’s focus centered on the weather and the environment—and how changes to the natural landscape could have unintended consequences. Rain was definitely a highly memorable read.

Founding Myths: Stories that Hide Our Patriotic Past: This book can be summed up as: food for thought. It pointed out many historical inaccuracies that are sometimes considered to be actual fact related to the revolutionary war and the subsequent time after the end of it. Like Rain, Founding Myths left a lasting impression. It was memorable. Overall, a great read.
So, that’s about it for today. What books have you read recently?


  1. Hi Breanna,

    Oh you must read Dreams of Gods and Monsters soon! It took me a while to get round to reading it but I promise it's the most bitter sweet ending to a series I've ever read! It goes a bit off piste at times with a new storyline but all in all it's a beautiful story. Have you read the novella? Night of Cake and Puppets?

    I don't read many non-fiction books, actually I struggle to think of any I've read but I'm going to read Wild next so we'll soon find out whether I enjoy it non-fiction or not :)

    Happy Reading!
    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

    1. I haven't read the novella yet. So, I really do need to get caught up with the series. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  2. What a neat bunch of books you've read lately. That last one really caught my eye.

    Not much reading going on around here lately. I mention that and the books I'll be taking with me on vacation in my post this week. Hope you'll check it out at

  3. I do enjoy nonfiction occasionally, especially memoirs of authors and/or guilty pleasure.


  4. You're doing better than me with that trilogy I've had the second book on my shelf for a few years now and haven't managed to get to it yet even though I loved the first one!


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