It’s week three of Nonfiction November and Rebecca at I’m Lost in Books is hosting with this prompt:
“This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats. We want to hear all about it this week!”
I struggled a bit with this one. I’ve found that audiobooks sometimes work well for me in the form of nonfiction. Again, it depends on the subject and narration. But what else? I do love podcasts and documentaries from time to time. And to soothe my visual learning need, I came across TED talks a few years ago. Depending on how the talk made me feel, I’ve then gone on to read the speaker’s book(s) or added them to my TBR list.
On Monday’s post I talked about Brené Brown’s TED talk and how it made me want to read all of her books. Also, her website is gorgeous and wonderful and I downloaded all of her free posters and manifesto. I’m a huge sociology/psychology/education fan and I spent two years getting my Special Education degree focusing on behavioral science. Discovering relatable and inspiring content in sociology and psychology has been my saving grace in life, as a parent, as a wife, as a teacher, working with the public and just keeping the crazy at bay. Here are TED talks that have helped me so much:
Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability. “Stories are just data with a soul.” I’m currently reading and listening to Daring Greatly and she is speaking to my soul.
Susan Cain : The Power of Introverts. “When it comes to creativity and to leadership we need introverts doing what they do best.” YESSS!!! Her book Quiet is one I return to often and made me proud to admit I’m an introvert when told for years being shy and quiet was a bad thing.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: How To Tell A Story. “How impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children.” This talk changed the scope of books I read and the ones I suggest to my children. I loved Americanah but have yet to read her nonfiction work We Should All Be Feminists.
Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs A Champion. “One of the things that we never discuss or we rarely discuss is the value and importance of human connection. Relationships.” I was so touched by this talk that I wanted to hug her. I began the “Half Full Movement” in my family a year ago on Spring Break and although this video is about teaching, it’s also about seeing the positive in challenging situations. It also made me want to get back to teaching sooner than later…hence, the college classes. No books yet but I could listen to her all day.
And of course my favorite….Cheryl Strayed: Radical Sincerity. “Our deepest treasures are buried in the crappy detritus in our life.” Her book Tiny Beautiful Things has a permanent place on my nightstand and in my heart.
What other formats of nonfiction do you enjoy? Have a favorite TED talk?