I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
So I read a lot of non-fiction this year. 76 books. I've been thinking about why my non-fiction reading exploded this year and all I can say is that this year I craved an escape into facts, or as must be evident by my list above, the desire to escape into a bookshop and hide for the duration.
With few exceptions, the ones I liked best, the 5 star books-I-want-to-hug were all about books or words. A definite theme going on this year. The exceptions were all over the place though: a gardening book, a cultural anthropology book and an illustrated book of the Psalms. The two that didn't fit above are below:
My 4.5 star reads this year are also worth mentioning and even more numerous (15) and are much more varied in subject. More books about books and books about words or grammar, but science and history also make a showing. These are books that were excellent but for whatever reason had something I questioned or found confronting. With scientific books that's almost always animal related. Sometimes the book just didn't make me want to hug it, but I still recommend it. Who knows? Maybe it'll be one you want to hug. :)