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Nonfiction November: Come Celebrate With Us!

Nonfiction November 2015Two years ago, my blogging friend Leslie (Regular Rumination) and I decided we wanted to focus our reading in November on nonfiction. As we talked about it, we decided to invite other bloggers to join us in celebrating nonfiction all month. Hence, Nonfiction November.

Last year, Leslie and I were lucky enough to be joined by two additional cohosts, Katie (Doing Dewey) and Rebecca (I’m Lost In Books). I’m excited to say that we’re all back to co-host Nonfiction November yet again this year. Yay!

The structure this year will be largely the same. 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. Please also share your posts and recommendations throughout the week on Twitter with the hashtag #NonficNov.

This year, we’ve decided to incorporate a readalong more fully into the weekly post topics. During the fourth week of November we plan to focus on our readalong of I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb — more details on that below. 

Without further ado, here are the topics we’ve selected:

Week 1: November 2 to 6 (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 9 to 13 (Hosted by Leslie)

Book Pairing: Match a fiction book with a nonfiction book that you would recommend.

Week 3: November 16 to 20 (Hosted by Becca)

Nontraditional Nonfiction: This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats.  We want to hear all about it this week!  

i am malalaWeek 4: November 23 to 27 (Hosted by Katie)

Readalong Discussion: This week we’ll be wrapping up Nonfiction November with a discussion of our read-along book, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. Discussion questions will be posted at the beginning of the week on November 23. In your post, you can answer these questions and/or write about your own response to the book. As you read throughout the month, you can share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #NonficNov.

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’re a blogger, feel free to grab the image above for use in all of your Nonfiction November posts).

Nonfiction Book Swap

Again this year, Bex (An Armchair By the Sea) is hosting a Nonfiction Book Swap to go along with Nonfiction November. The book swap is open internationally and participants should make a nonfiction only wish list. Sign ups are open until November 8, but head over to her blog for all the details. 

Whew! I feel like that got a little long. Also, apologies for getting this out so late this year — with all my travel we didn’t get organized quite as promptly. But anyway, enough jabbering. I hope you’ll join us for an awesome month of exploring and celebrating nonfiction! See you back here on November 2 for the first link up.

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  • Brona October 15, 2015, 6:13 am

    So excited that you’re hosting this event again – I love it – such a great way to get new titles for my wishlist.
    I’ll be combining it with my AusReading Month again to highlight Aussie non-fiction 🙂

    • Kim October 25, 2015, 1:24 pm

      Love it, that’ll be so interesting (again!)!

  • Shannon @ River City Reading October 15, 2015, 6:35 am

    This has become one of my favorite months of the year – so excited it’s back!

    • Kim October 25, 2015, 1:24 pm

      That’s so nice to hear, thank you!

  • Sarah's Book Shelves October 15, 2015, 6:56 am

    Looking forward to participating and am working on my reading list!

  • TJ @ MyBookStrings October 15, 2015, 8:07 am

    I’m looking forward to this as well. It’s going to be a busy month, since it’s also AusReading Month and German Literature Month.

    • Kim October 25, 2015, 1:25 pm

      That is a busy month, good for you!

  • Allison @ The Book Wheel October 16, 2015, 7:02 pm

    I’m excited to join in!

  • Athira October 18, 2015, 2:36 pm

    I was just wondering yesterday whether you guys will do this event again. I am going to try to plan and participate this time, especially after having a very nonfiction year. Thanks for doing this again!

    • Kim October 25, 2015, 1:27 pm

      It took us a little longer to get our ducks in a row this year that it has the last couple — I blame my traveling and post-travel brain. But it’s been so fun, I’m glad we can bring it back again.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End October 19, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Woohoo! Thanks to you and the other hosts for holding this event again! My November’s already looking mad hectic, but I’ll try and schedule at least one post — love this blog event.

    • Kim October 25, 2015, 2:14 pm

      November is a hard month, for sure. That’s one of the reasons we cut the “content” posts back to just three weeks and saved the readalong for the end. I hope you can join us for at least a week!

  • Hillary Roberts October 25, 2015, 10:56 am

    I am so excited! I LOVE non-fiction. This will be my first time participating. I will have to get my reading list ready.

    • Kim October 25, 2015, 2:15 pm

      Glad you’ll be joining us this year!

  • Karen Sagun October 30, 2015, 12:42 pm

    I’m in! I have a whole shelf full of nonfiction books that I want to read, plus I still have three left for my TBR Pile Challenge — I picked all non-fiction books this year. Now I just have to narrow my list of books. . . .

  • Jennifer @ Bookishlawyer October 31, 2015, 1:47 am

    Excited to join in for the first time as well. This is just the thing to boost my spirits as I have realized that my good intentions to read more fiction this year have come to naught. Always looking for an excuse to read wonderful non-fiction!

  • Anne @HeadFullofBooks November 1, 2015, 3:58 pm

    Hey, this looks great. I am swiftly adding my name and will get a post up before the end of the day! Thanks for hosting.

  • Amy Brandon November 2, 2015, 3:47 pm

    I’m going to try this!