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, a repeat from week one last year, 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?
This year has been kind of an interesting one for me. In the past, I’ve read about 60 percent nonfiction and 40 percent fiction. This year, I’ve actually read more fiction than nonfiction — 37 books compared to 32 books. And the majority of the comics I’ve read, 14 books in total, are fictional. Clearly, I need Nonfiction November!
I decided to approach this week’s topic similar to last year, survey style:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
As I said, it’s been a strange year, lots of fiction and comic books and a lot less of the journalistic, narrative nonfiction that I really love. But I’ve definitely read some good nonfiction, including The Lonely War by Nazila Fathi, Hammer Head by Nina MacLaughlin, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble by Zac Bissonnette, It’s What I Do by Lynsay Addario, and Leaving Orbit by Margaret Lazarus Dean,
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
The book I want everyone to read is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I’ve written about it a couple times: in comparison to Ghettoside by Jill Leovy here on the blog and as a recommendation to read if you loved To Kill a Mockingbird at Book Riot. And if you need more of a push to pick it up, it’s going to be a movie starring Michael B. Jordan (so, so in for that).
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
I keep talking about reading more books on race and social justice, but I keep skipping over them in favor of books that are going to be easier reads. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisis Coates is at the top of my reading pile for this month.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Honestly, my blogging mojo for the last six months or so has been pretty non-existent. I’m not sure what it is, but it seems that I mostly found myself happier to be reading than writing. So I’m hoping that the enthusiasm that bubbles up for this event will give me some of the juice I need to get in the groove again. And of course I’m psyched to add a million titles to my TBR list from all the great recommendations everyone offers up this month.
Before I share the Mr. Linky, a few small programming notes:
- I’ll be doing this week’s wrap up, so check back here sometime on Friday to see a summary of what everyone has been writing about.
- If you’re talking about Nonfiction November on Twitter, please use the hashtag #nonficnov for your posts so we can find them. The hashtag seems a little crowded this year, but we’ll just make it work.
- Next week’s host is Leslie (Regular Rumination), where we’ll be talking about nonfiction book pairings.
- 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.