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Nonfiction November: Join Us for a Readalong (or Two)!

nonfiction november readalongs

One of my big goals for this year’s Nonfiction November — a month-long celebration of great nonfiction I’m co-hosting with Leslie (Regular Rumination), Katie (Doing Dewey) and Rebecca (I’m Lost In Books) — was to find a way for people who are not bloggers to participate. I love the discussion posts, but I think that format can be difficult for people who don’t have an online space of their own.

After some discussion, we decided that a readalong might be a way to open up the event to even more readers. We each picked a book we were excited about and polled all of you to see which book you’d be interested in reading with us.

After about a week, it became clear that there was a lot of interest in two of the four titles: The Restless Sleep by Stacy Horn and Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. Rather than pick just one, we decided we would host separate readalongs for both books. Leslie and I will be hosting the readalong for The Restless Sleep and Katie and Rebecca will be in charge of Cleopatra.

They’ll both be low-key, with discussion/links posts going up on Wednesday, Nov. 19. We picked that date because we thought it would give people enough time to read the book while still wrapping up before the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. If you are a blogger, feel free to link up a review to that post. If you’re a reader, we’ll be doing discussion in the comments. We’ll also be trying to do some discussion of each book throughout the month on Twitter using the hashtag #nonficnov.

And to be clear, we’re not expecting people to do two readalongs (unless you want to, then go ahead, that’s amazing!). And if you don’t want to readalong, that’s ok too — we have the weekly discussion topics that are part of the celebration too. We want it to be low-key and fun and interesting for everyone. If either of these books sound appealing, I hope you’ll join us!

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  • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review October 22, 2014, 5:55 am

    Sounds good! Looking forward to it.

  • Savvy October 22, 2014, 7:24 am

    I’m in for Cleopatra. I already read The Restless Sleep. I’m really looking forward to NF November.

    • Kim October 26, 2014, 12:45 pm

      Great, I’m glad one of the books will work for you!

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes October 22, 2014, 8:24 am

    I have Cleopatra on my shelf! Perfection.

  • Amelia October 22, 2014, 11:41 am

    I probably won’t be participating in the read-a-long even though Cleopatra is on my TBR list but I’m in for the weekly topics. I already have my year in NF list written up and I’m shocked but how much NF I’ve read so far in 2014

    • Kim October 26, 2014, 12:45 pm

      That’s wonderful — I’m glad you’ll be participating.

  • Christina October 22, 2014, 6:07 pm

    I’m definitely in for Cleopatra as I already have the audiobook. Looking forward to it.

  • Sheila (Book Journey) October 22, 2014, 8:27 pm

    The Restless Sleep looks good! I wonder if I could fit that one in.

    • Kim October 26, 2014, 12:46 pm

      It’s pretty slim. I don’t remember how many pages, but certainly not a chunkster, if that makes a difference 🙂

  • susan October 22, 2014, 9:10 pm

    I might be able to fit it in time-wise. If so, it’ll be Cleopatra. thanks!

  • Jess - A Book Hoarder October 22, 2014, 10:38 pm

    Okay, this may be the push I needed to finally read Cleopatra, which has been on my list forever….but The Restless Sleep looks so good too…

    • Kim October 26, 2014, 12:46 pm

      Decisions decisions 🙂 I hope you’ll be able to join us!

  • Kerry M October 27, 2014, 9:05 pm

    I hadn’t even heard of Restless Sleep before this, but it sounds like it is something I needed to have heard of ages ago… so thanks for bringing it to my attention! Just put a hold on at the library, and hoping I can join in!

    • Kim October 30, 2014, 9:50 pm

      I just learned about Stacy Horn this year — I’m excited about this one. I hope you can join us!

  • Citizen Reader November 6, 2014, 4:10 pm

    LOVE Stacy Horn–where did you hear about her? I might re-read The Restless Sleep just to participate!

    • Kim November 9, 2014, 9:59 pm

      From you, I think! I read Imperfect Harmony when it came out last year, i think because you recommended it? I bought The Restless Sleep pretty soon after that, and now I’m just getting around to reading it. I hope you will join us!