What up, book nerds? Ready for another day of Armchair BEA? I didn’t do a post yesterday (partly because I was at work and couldn’t use the computer because I was training someone, ugh) but I did attempt to participate in the Twitter chat from my phone, and that… didn’t go great. Joining in chats is just way too hard without access to tweetchat! I think there’s another one later today (right?) and I should be home for that one, so that should go better.
ANYHOO, enough of my babbling. The topics today are pretty cool – Blogger Ethics, and for the genre discussion, Non-Fiction. That’s some semi-heavy stuff right there! Let’s do this.
Am I the only one who feels like I’m about to write an essay about ethics? It’s such a serious-face topic.
So here’s the deal – don’t be an ass. Don’t plagiarize or steal someone else’s images, ideas, or words. Whenever you can, link back to people. It’s good karma. It’s RIGHT. I haven’t had any specific issues with someone stealing my stuff yet, and I hope I never do. I see the blogosphere freak the eff out every once in a while when a blogger gets caught plagiarizing and it’s like… why? Why don’t you write your own stuff? How can you be that crappy? I always try to give credit where credit is due. And if I don’t, it’s most likely because I forgot or couldn’t find the original source and if someone pointed it out to me I’d correct it ASAP, but I can’t even think of a situation in which this would arise. I even use my own pictures of books for reviews now.
It may not sound very intellectual or anything, but that’s my general outlook on blogger ethics and guidelines – don’t be an ass, and you’ll be all right.
Do you guys even know how happy this genre topic makes me happy?
2013 has been the year of non-fiction for me so far, particularly science-ish topics. I just can’t seem to get enough.
The prompt suggests that we recommend some non-fiction to someone who’s never read non-fiction before. Okay well that’s pretty much impossible – at the very least, you’ve read textbooks, and probably memoirs or something! Or cookbooks! Etcetera. But basically, just think of ANY topic you’re interested in – famous people, history, cooking, knitting, true crime, space, gardening, travel, sports, you get the picture – and there is a non-fiction book out there about that topic, just waiting for you! Browse your local library or bookstore, or type keywords of internet into Amazon or something.
And let’s face it – we could all use some more non-fiction in our lives, right? Exercise your brain, and whatnot.
Now, here are some of my favorite non-fiction reads!
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley & Malcolm X (autobiography)
- The Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku (science – physics, technology)
- In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin (science – physics, multiverse theory)
- The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs (religion, memoir, fitness, humor)
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (food, social science)
- Space Chronicles by Neil deGrasse Tyson (science – space)
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (memoir, travel)
- Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Lipson & Melba Kurman (science – current events, technology)
- My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek (dinosaurs / paleontology)
- any book by Chelsea Handler (humor, memoir)
- He’s Just Not That Into You, as well as It’s Called a Break-Up Because It’s Broken by Greg Behrendt (self-help, humor)
- The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan (survival, doomsday prepping)
Thoughts on any of these? What are your favorite non-fiction books? Give me some recommendations! I’ll read practically anything.