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Nonfiction November Week 1 Wrap Up

nonfiction november 2014Guys. Guys! We had 54 posts linked up for our first week of Nonfiction November. That is just so cool. I love that there are so many people jazzed about talking about nonfiction. Thank you!

One of the common themes I saw among the posts is that people didn’t feel like they were reading enough nonfiction. While I obviously I think it’s great that people want to incorporate more nonfiction into their reading lives, I also think it’s important not to feel bad about what we do or don’t read. Pay attention to what you’re consuming, but don’t let it make you feel inadequate, ok? </rant>

Your Year in Nonfiction

Trying to recap all of those posts got out of control fast, so I decided to pull one book from each post to share, either a favorite read or a book that was frequently recommended (while trying to avoid repeats). Yes, reading this will make your TBR explode. For more information, click the link for each name that goes back to the full post. I apologize in advance if I missed anyone (and for not commenting on every post – I’m coming back this weekend)!


We also had several people link up reviews they posted this week:

Programming Notes

  • NEW STUFF: Bex (An Armchair By the Sea) contacted us and asked if we were cool with her organizing a nonfiction book swap in conjunction with Nonfiction November. It sounded really fun, so check out that post for more information.
  • 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. The Twitter conversations this week have been really awesome.
  • 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 when our topic is “Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert.”

Finally, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your enthusiasm this week. It’s been really been really amazing, and I just expect it to keep getting better.

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  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes November 7, 2014, 7:51 am

    I’ve loved reading all the posts so far!

  • Trish November 7, 2014, 10:10 am

    This week has been awesome and I agree the twittersations have been lots of fun. Thank you SO much for your hard work in putting together this wrap-up. My list IS exploding (love it!).

    • Kim November 9, 2014, 9:43 pm

      Thank you! I added quite a few of these books to my list this week too.

  • etudesque November 7, 2014, 10:52 am

    Hi there! I heard about Nonfiction November and came over to your site because I was very curious to see what that was all about… lo and behold, you’re a fellow Minnesotan! I’m originally from Chicago but moved up to Minneapolis this summer for work. Not looking forward to my first Minnesota winter, but at least I’ll have an excuse to stay indoors and read some more nonfiction books! 🙂

    • Kim November 9, 2014, 9:44 pm

      Welcome to Minnesota — it looks like our Minnesota winter is arriving sooner than many of us expected (or are ready to deal with)! I do find all sorts of extra time to read when there’s no point in leaving the house though 🙂

  • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review November 7, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Thanks for this very helpful post round-up. I can’t wait to add even more books to my list!

  • Bex November 7, 2014, 1:59 pm

    Thanks for mentioning the swap 🙂 and for the awesome list of books! So many have been added to my wishlist already and I’m so excited about all the nonfiction I’m reading. Such a great event and this week’s been so fun, thanks for hosting!

  • Shannon @ River City Reading November 7, 2014, 2:36 pm

    I love having a constant little #nonficnov stream up in my TweetDeck, it’s made the past week pretty great. Thanks for all the work of putting everything together – so many great recommendations!

    • Kim November 9, 2014, 9:45 pm

      I’ve got a separate stream in Hootsuite too. It’s fun to check in throughout the day to see the posts and conversations that are happening.

  • Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader November 7, 2014, 2:52 pm

    I’ve loved reading everyone’s posts this week. My wish list is OUT OF CONTROL, lol.

  • Lisa November 7, 2014, 4:22 pm

    What a great resource list! Thanks for taking the time to compile it!

  • Trisha November 7, 2014, 8:23 pm

    I am definitely adding to my to-read list. Thank heavens Christmas is coming.

  • Jess - A Book Hoarder November 7, 2014, 8:51 pm

    Wow, that is quite a list. Thank you for putting it all together. I have a battle going on right now between my shoulder angel/devil.

    Don’t look at the list right now. Wait until after Nov and you can spread out your reading.
    Don’t listen to her, read all the books.
    You can’t read all the books and you have a hefty list already. Be sensible.
    Sensible? Ha! Sensible is for sissies. Read all the books.

    • Kim November 9, 2014, 9:46 pm

      “Sensible is for sissies” should be the book nerds motto 🙂

  • Sophie November 8, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the wrap-up post and the rant, Kim! 🙂 I love the variety in books read by nonfiction readers and bloggers, and it’s great to see the nonfiction community come together for this event.

  • Christina November 8, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Wow, what a list! I’ve been slowly making the rounds through the 50+ posts linked up and my to-read list is growing and growing. So many great recommendations and we haven’t even gotten to the Be the Expert section yet!

    Thank you to you and your co-hosts for organizing this event!

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey November 9, 2014, 12:44 am

    Such a great week! I’ve just gotten back from travelling and have been a bit jet lagged, so I’m hoping to jump into reviewing nonfiction more next week 🙂

  • susan November 9, 2014, 5:14 pm

    It looks like a great list you’ve posted. For my book club, I need to read “Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil” this month. So I’ll link the review when I get done. thanks for hosting this

    • Kim November 9, 2014, 9:46 pm

      That sound so interesting! I can’t wait to hear about it.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End November 10, 2014, 6:56 pm

    Excellent list! I wasn’t sure if I should link review posts in the main link sign-up posts? Yea/nay? I’ve got a few reviews scheduled for this month. I want to do it correctly.

    • Kim November 16, 2014, 2:46 pm

      Yep, you can just link them with the weekly post — that always seems like the simplest thing to do.

  • Savvy November 16, 2014, 5:43 pm

    Such a great round-up list. I discovered so many new books for my TBR. I can’t believe you made it through all of the posts and had to cover the elections too. Great job. Also love that you are doing this again. I am having so much fun. It isn’t often I get to talk about nonfiction.