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Ten Non-Fiction Books More People Should Read

This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is Ten Books Every X Should Read. I've decided to go with the theme of non-fiction, which is something I've been reading quite a lot of recently, and I've divided it into three different categories, so you can look at the ones that you're interested in.

Biography The Small Woman by Alan Burgess I've already talked about this in a recent Top Ten Tuesday post (here) but I really did enjoy it and think it should be more widely known. Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis' story of his early life and his conversion to Christianity. I read this fairly recently and am really glad I did. It's interesting and thought-provoking and I would definitely recommend it. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth The (mostly) true story of a family of twelve children growing up in America in the 1910s and 20s. This is a really funny book, and again a great read. How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis This is basically a memoi…

Jane Austen Spin-offs and Sequels

There are a lot of them out there: continuations, sequels, spin-off, retellings, books inspired by Jane Austen's novels. Even though they are often not that great, for some reason I still end up wanting to read more. However, there are some good ones that I've discovered too. So I've decided to put together a list of the Jane-Austen-related books that I've read - the good and the not-so-good. Sequels Lady Catherine's Necklace by Joan Aiken
This was OK. It wasn't quite believable as a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, but if you ignore that it is a sequel it isn't a bad story in its own right.
Georgiana Darcy's Diary by Anne Elliott This was a fairly enjoyable sequel to Pride and Prejudice, focusing on Georgiana (obviously) and her search for romance. It wasn't anything special but I did enjoy it. (I got it as a free Kindle download; you can still get it for free now at Amazon (UK or US). The Matters at Mansfield, or, The Crawford Affair by Carrie Bebris

Quote of the Week

"After all, I believe the nicest and sweetest days are those on which nothing very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string." Anne of Avonlea, L.M. Montgomery