Welcome to the first week of Nonfiction November! I am excited to be your official host this week. Throughout the month, my co-hosts and I will be reading and writing about nonfiction, and encouraging other readers to join us through a series of post topics and a couple of readalongs.
Our topic this week asks you to look back on the year and share some thoughts on your reading life:
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?
As I was looking through my books read for the year, I realized that I’ve actually been reading less nonfiction this year than I have in the past. My normal split is about 60 percent nonfiction, 40 percent fiction (it’s been that way for the last three years). This year, I’m at about 50-50. I blame that on a bit of blogger burnout — when I want to read something without worrying about reviewing it, I read fiction. But I’m hoping that this month will swing things back to closer to normal!
There are lots of ways to approach this week’s prompt. I decided to go with survey-style:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
I’ve recommended The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison several times. I’ve also gotten quite a few people to read How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor. Another favorite is Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. All three of these are among my favorites.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
Relatively speaking, I haven’t read many memoirs this year, only about 10 out of 85 books. I’m also very low on reading nonfiction by authors of color, only seven for the year. I don’t really care about reading more memoirs, although I would love any recommendations, but I am working to read more by authors of color.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
I really just want to spend the month nerding out with people about some of the great nonfiction that’s being written right now. And I’m hoping that the celebration will help people who are nervous or reluctant to read nonfiction find a book to pick up and enjoy.
Now, It’s Your Turn
Before we get to the Mr. Linky, a couple of quick programming notes:
- I’ll be doing the wrap up, so check back here sometime on Friday to see a summary of what everyone has been writing about.
- Our readalong posts for The Restless Sleep and Cleopatra: A Life will go up on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Follow this link to find out more about the readalongs.
- If you’re talking about Nonfiction November on Twitter, please use the hashtag #nonficnov for your posts so we can find them. Happy reading!
- A big shout out to my co-hosts: Leslie (Regular Rumination), Katie (Doing Dewey) and Rebecca (I’m Lost In Books). Leslie will be your host next week.
Welcome to Nonfiction November, everyone! I am so excited to see where this month goes.