I just saw this over at an adventure in reading, and decided this would be a perfect event (hosted at Hibernator's Library) to take part in, especially considering where my current reading interests lie.
What are you looking for when you pick up a non-fiction book?
I am looking for lovely, descriptive, evocative prose.
Do you have a particular topic you are attracted to?
I tend to gravitate toward travelogues and memoirs. They give me a strong sense of connection to individuals (almost like in fiction), whilst keeping me entertained or riveted with real-life events.
When you look at a non-fiction book does the title or cover influence you?
It could be either or both or neither. My most recent purchase of non-fiction books had me choosing one because its title was reminiscent of Paul Scott's Jewel in the Crown. Also, its subtitle read the betrayal of .... ; the second book I chose was because of its title and its lovely Persian looking cover. I must make it clear, though, that I wouldn't have picked up either book just for the looks and title -- I read their blurbs, checked out the writing style and only then bought them!
If so, share a title or cover which you find striking.
|Struck by the title.|
|Struck by the title and the cover.|