For those that truly know me, it’s no mystery that I’m an avid reader. I read every chance I get: while I’m brushing my teeth, drying my hair, cooking . . . my Kindle makes it easy to multi-task. However, my favorite time to read is right before bed.
There are two types of reading: to be entertained or to attain information. Many times, the types intertwine. I usually choose the former type; therefore, I predominantly read fiction. This is a habit I’m attempting to break. Last year, I challenged myself to read at least one nonfiction book, and I met that goal. This year, I am striving to read more than one.
Today, I finished reading American Legends: Sitting Bull. It’s a Kindle edition released by Charles River Editors. The books in this series present information in a concise format, perfect for reluctant nonfiction readers like me.
In true List Queen fashion, I’m sharing five interesting tidbits I discovered by reading this book.
#1: Sitting Bull’s native name was Tatanka Yotanka, which means a bull that sits stubbornly on its haunches.
#2: Disputes exist regarding the identity of his father. Some say his father was Chief Jumping Bull while others believe a warrior named Returns Again fathered him. It is possible that these names refer to the same man.
#3: Sitting Bull received his first war wound from a Crow chief at age 15.
#4: He didn’t actually fight in the Battle of Little Bighorn. He participated by praying and encouraging the warriors.
#5: A Lakota tribal policeman killed him while he lived on a reservation. Some Native Americans classify his death as assassination.
* All these facts are derived from American Legends: Sitting Bull. However, the statements are in my words.
Are you a nonfiction reader? Any suggestions for me? Leave comments!