Non-Fic Is Where It’s At!

In the past I’ve written posts regarding my top fiction books. It may seem that I’m not much of a non-fiction fan, but that’s not true. I have more non-fiction titles than fiction!

Here are my top ten in no particular order. I’d planned to prioritize them, but each has its own place in my heart. I couldn’t place a numerical value on most of them.

Life: 101, Peter McWilliams

Regardless of my inability to chose which should be second, third and fourth on the list, this book will always be in first place. No matter when I read it, I find bits of wisdom that pertain to my current emotions and situations…every time.

I don’t currently own a copy. I lent my fourth or fifth one out and it never returned. Again. The book is that good and that relevant.

Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do, Peter McWilliams

Another book by Peter McWilliams, in this he pokes at the United States government’s attempt to legislate things that in his opinion are absurd — the choice of Americans to read, see or imbibe what they wish in the privacy of their own homes.

McWilliams died at fifty because he was forbidden by our government to use medical marijuana (in a state that had legalized it.) I can’t say he would still be around now, but certainly he may have survived longer had he been able to relieve his symptoms.

Despite the tragedy of his last months and early death, this book follows the same whimsical yet laser accuracy as Life: 101 did as he takes on the ridiculous lengths government goes through to regulate that which should be left alone.

Party of One: The Loner’s Manifesto, Anneli Rufus

If you haven’t figured out that I’m an introvert yet then you don’t know me well. And while there are plenty of books written to guide introverts in dealing with the extroverted world, this one is a bit different. This book is a book for extroverts to better understand their introverted cousins.

Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life, Neil Strauss

The title may be a little out there in terms of believability, but Strauss’s heart is in the right place. He begins the book as a typical city dweller with no idea what to do and where to go in the event of a severe, long-term emergency. Through the book, he chronicles his journey in becoming more self-sufficient and creating a back door bug out if necessary.

It’s an easy read and has some interesting ideas. If you’re an armchair survivalist or interested in what steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency, this is an excellent beginner book.

HTML 4 for Dummies: Quick Reference Guide, Ray & Ray

Silly, I know. I can find all sorts of HTML references online with a click of the mouse and HTML has already gone beyond version 4. Yet I still have this little book around and do occasionally dig it out for various reasons. I’ve had it for fifteen years or more!

(I also dig out my PHP and CSS books upon occasion, but not nearly as often.)

Escape, Carolyn Jessop

A biography, Carolyn Jessop escaped the fundamentalist Mormon sect that hit the news a few years ago when their anointed leader went into prison. She describes her youth, marriage to and escape from a man who was one of Warren Jeffs’s strongest supporters.

How to Disappear, Frank M. Ahearn

Along the lines of book #4, this is an intriguing book on how to literally disappear off the radar. Ahearn gives solid advice on how to erase your online existence and expunge any other records. (No, I’m not going anywhere! This is research, people!)

Living Asatru, Greg (Dux) Shetler

I’m a Nordic pagan. We call ourselves Asatru. This book is small and doesn’t wade hip deep into the spirituality itself, but it covers a lot about the belief system. This is one of the best straight forward introductions that I’ve found.

Scrivener for Dummies, Gwen Hernandez

Of course! I’m a Scrivener fanatic! Why wouldn’t I have a Dummies book on the subject? Even after all these years I still learn new things all the time about this awesome program!

All my RPG books – Traveller, Cyberpunk, Star Trek & Gurps

Okay, so this one is a bit of a cheat. It’s not one book. It’s my entire library of gaming books. Depending on what world I’m creating in, I may access any number of these reference manuals from Palladium’s Compendium of Weapons, Armour and Castles to the Traveler gaming system.

There you have it, my top ten favorite non-fiction books. As you can see even my non-fiction runs the gamut of flavors! And I didn’t even include my language books (Lakota, Japanese,) culture books (Japan, Greek, Roman) or sailing and RVing titles!

Do you have any non-fiction books that strike your fancy? Ones you can’t seem to get rid of after multiple times of weeding out your book shelves? What are they about? I’m always up for new reading material!

Comment below! I look forward to hearing from you!


  1. Guns, Germs and Steel. A couple of my Elizabeth I biographies. Any of my Star Island books, especially the history related ones.


  2. Oh, yes! Jared Diamond! I think I got halfway through his second book before it started going off on tangents I wasn’t willing to follow. But Guns, Germs and Steel was a fascinating read!

    Thanks for reminding me, Ann!


  3. Thanks for including me in your top 10 list! I’m honored to be in such great company. So glad the book has been helpful for you. Good luck with your writing!


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