Looking at my reviews, it seems I read only fiction, but sometimes I switch to non-fiction, mostly biographies and memories (don’t expect me to talk about recipe books or self-help).
A few years ago, there was a period during which I was reading only biographies on US presidents. I enjoyed reading about the lives of George Washington (brilliant book), Abraham Lincoln (I have read it twice and it is one of my favourite books), Theodore Roosevelt, F. D. Roosevelt, and, obviously, Barack Obama (my big love).
Of course, if I was reading about US president I also was interested in their wives. So I read two biographies about Eleanor Roosevelt (amazing woman), two books written by Hillary Clinton, one about her time as Secretary of State and the other about losing the election in 2016. Just before Christmas I found myself spending four days with my nose in Becoming, the captivating autobiography by Michelle Obama.
I also read biographies about my favourite authors. So far, I have read about the lives of Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, E. B. White, Ernest Hemingway, Harper Lee, William Shakespeare, Edith Wharton, Charlotte Bronte, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary McCarthy, and Dorothy Parker.
I have been also fascinated by the lives of other people in the publishing and literary world, so I read about the life of Hemingway’s editor, about the life of the creator and writers of The New Yorker (my favourite magazine), about people in the publishing world. They all lead interesting lives.
While I dedicate most of my reading to fiction, I like to immerse myself in the life of a real person every once in a while….