It’s the first week of Nonfiction November, and I’m really excited about joining in this event for the first time. I enjoy nonfiction but it tends to get pushed to the bottom of my to-read pile, so it’s time to pull some my nonfiction reads up to the top and dig in. I have several nonfiction books lined up to read this month which I’ll highlight at the end of this post.
This week’s discussion topic focuses on our past year of nonfiction reading.
Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
1. What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Are you ready for a shocker? I haven’t read ANY nonfiction this year. I’ve checked out a few and skimmed through them, but I can’t say there’s anything I’ve sat down and read cover to cover. This is pretty unusual for me so I’m not sure what it says about this past year except that I have maybe needed to escape to the world of fiction a bit more than usual.
2. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Most of the nonfiction I’ve enjoyed have been big bestsellers (so noone really needs me to recommend them!) but Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand is one of my favorite books of all time. I also loved Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.
3. What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
I’d like to read more history. I’ve really slacked off in this department since finishing my history degree many moons ago.
4. What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
I’m hoping to put more of a focus on nonfiction, as I’ve obviously sadly neglected my nonfiction reading this year. I have several books lined up to make up for the lack, including:
– While the Gods Were Sleeping by Elizabeth Eslin – I’m reading this one at the moment. It’s a long overdue review book, and it tells the story of an American anthroplogist living in Nepal. So far I’m enjoying it.
– Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman – I saw this one recommended on another blogger’s site and immediately requested it from the library. I’m hoping it will help me to prepare for my daughter entering middle school next year–scary stuff.
– An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield – I love reading Hadfield’s tweets about space and astronomy on twitter, and he did this AMAZING video cover of ‘Space Oddity’. I’m not sure exactly what to expect from this book but it sounds promising.
– Liar, Temptress, Solider, Spy by Karen Abbott – I’ve had a request in for this one ever since I heard about it at the Decatur Book Festival back in August. Luckily, the timing worked out for me to get it in November. I can’t wait to dig into this account of four women working undercover during the U.S. Civil War.
So that’s my month of nonfiction as it stands now. I look forward to seeing what everyone else is planning to read. There will also be new discussion topics each week, so stay tuned for more nonfiction talk!