Last year, my dear book blogging friend Leslie (Regular Rumination) asked me if I’d be interested in joining her in a personal challenge to read and write exclusively about nonfiction in November. After we talked a little more, we decided that it would be fun to open up the project to host a low-key celebration of nonfiction during the month of November.
I’m so excited to officially tell you that Nonfiction November will be back again this year, with two more co-hosts — Katie (Doing Dewey) and Rebecca (I’m Lost In Books) will each be hosting one week this month.
The format for Nonfiction November will be largely the same as it was last year. On the Monday of each week in November, one of us will put up a post with the weekly discussion topic. The post will have a place to share links with responses to the topic OR reviews of nonfiction books that are posted during the week. On the Friday of each week, the weekly host will do a roundup of submissions to peruse.
To get people excited (or to have a chance to prepare), here are the topics we’ve selected:
Week 1: November 3 to 7 (Hosted by Kim)
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?
Week 2: November 10 to 14 (Hosted by Leslie)
Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
Week 3: November 17 to 21 (Hosted by Rebecca)
Diversity and Nonfiction: What does “diversity” in books mean to you? Does it refer to book’s location or subject matter? Or is it the author’s nationality or background? What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most in your nonfiction? What countries/cultures would you like nonfiction recommendations for? What kind of books besides different countries/cultures do you think of as books of diversity?
Week 4: November 24 to 28 (Hosted by Katie)
New to My TBR: It’s been a week full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!
It should be pretty simple. A post to accept links will go up on Monday. Share your discussion topic or review of a nonfiction book any time during the week. Check out all of the great nonfiction posts throughout the week or in a roundup on Friday. If you want to focus your reading on nonfiction, that would be awesome too, but that is certainly not required. (If you’re a blogger, feel free to grab the button above for use in all of your Nonfiction November posts).
A Nonfiction Readalong
One of my goals for this year was to find a way to open up Nonfiction November to people who are not bloggers. After some discussion, we decided that we’d try doing a readalong in November — and we need your help picking the book!
Each of us chose one of our favorite books, or a book that we are excited to read, as a possible selection for our readalong. As a bonus, they’re all books that are also out in paperback. Please follow THIS LINK to a poll where you can vote for the book you’d like us all to read together. The book with the most votes by early next week will be our selection. We’re still working out details on how the readalong will work, but I for one am really excited about. So go vote by following the link above.
I hope you’ll join us for an awesome month of exploring and celebrating nonfiction!