A Few of My Favorite Nonfiction Books & Why

Southern Belle View DailyIf you’ve been on Facebook over the past two weeks, you’ve probably noticed that people have been making a list of their ten favorite books and tagging other people.

When I first saw this, I got kind of panicky. I am an avid reader. I keep books beside our bed, beside the bathtub, in my diaper bag and purse.

I am probably one of the last people in my age group to not have a Kindle. But it’s not because I judge those who do.

It’s because I don’t think I could control myself if I could impulse-buy books at the press of a button.

My toddler does need diapers, ya know. . . .

So this week, I processed the books that have stood out to me in some way and changed me–as a reader, writer, and person.

Here are ten of my favorite nonfiction books that, for one reason or another, have stayed with me through the years:

Oh, the power of reading.

What are some of your favorite books and why?

Now swing by my blog to read about my ten favorite novels! http://www.jolinapetersheim.com/blog

Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Outcast, which Library Journal gave a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. Jolina’s sophomore novel, The Midwife, releases June 1 and taps into her and her husband’s unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their young daughter. Whenever she’s not busy chasing this adorable toddler, Jolina is hard at work on her next novel.

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Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. She holds degrees in English and communication arts from the University of the Cumberlands, and her writing has been featured in venues as varied as radio programs, nonfiction books, and numerous online and print publications. Her blog is syndicated with The Tennessean's "On Nashville" blog roll. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their young daughter. For more information about Jolina's sophomore release, The Midwife, follow Jolina and her blog at www.jolinapetersheim.com.

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  1. Lisa Wingate says

    LOL! Someone posted that Fb question on my wall, too, and I have to admit that I panicked… then promptly chickened out. I read SO many novels each year and I love so many of them, it seemed impossible to pick ten. I think when I consider novels that “changed” me i tend to go back to books I read as a young reader — books like Where The Red Fern Grows and The Education of Little Tree, To Kill a Mockingbird (lessons of loyalty, self-sacrifice, love, prejudice), books by Marguerite Henry and Will James (adventures, history, AND horses… what could be better?), books about girls like the Pipi Longstockings stories, the Little House books etc. (be yourself. We’re all unique for a reason). Gone With the Wind figures in there somewhere, too.

    Thanks for reminding me this morning, Jolina ;)

  2. Shellie says

    Oh, I’ve been SUCH the chicken about this question. Y’all are challenging me to stop and compose mine, you two. Stop that! :) No, seriously, I don’t know what I enjoyed more, Jolina, your list or the face to face visit. Thank you for the time you took to give us both! Blessings~

  3. Rachel Hauck says

    Fun post, Jolina. Inspired me to think of the non fiction titles I love. Might have to do a similar post!

    XO,
    Rachel

  4. Julie Cantrell says

    Jolina, I LOVE the video! It’s so nice to feel like you are hear in my living room chatting with me about books. I feel happier after our little visit :) Also, I love all the books you selected. Into the Wild is one of my all-time faves (along with everything Jon Krakauer ever wrote), as is One Thousand Gifts by Voskamp (brilliant writer) and Praying for Strangers by our dear friend, River Jordan. It’s the book I frequently give as a gift to someone who is going through a difficult time in life. I confess I was an avid Stephen King fan during my darker middle-school years. He’s one of the most talented authors of modern times, and I loved his book On Writing and agree it’s a great read for anyone interested in writing. I also enjoyed Blue Like Jazz and have not read Painted Deserts but will definitely add it to my list now, thanks to your advice.
    Big congrats on The Outcast being selected by Rachel McRae with LifeWay for the Best Reads of 2013! I’m so proud for you, Jolina. Hugs, j

    • says

      So fun to chat with you here, j. Glad you enjoyed the vlog! I read Ann Voskamp’s book during my early stage of motherhood when I was feeling pretty overwhelmed. It really transformed my outlook and cherish each step of the journey. I recommend Praying For Strangers to everyone, so it’s nice to promote it here, too. And thanks for the sweet shout-out about Rachel McRae–so nice to be mentioned alongside you! :)

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