Well, it has been a week! Work and some personal commitments ate up three of my evenings, so I had to squeeze in time to get through all of the great posts linked up these week.
One thing I was really excited to see is that many people reported reading more nonfiction this year than in the past. This is so great! While I don’t think any reading diet benefits from too much of a single genre, it’s wonderful to see more variety and less intimidation when it comes to picking up nonfiction.
Your Year in Nonfiction
Because of the number of posts, I decided to just share the books participants shared as those they’ve recommended most (or listed as a favorite — sorry if I missed anyone!). Prepare for a TBR pile explosion:
- The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart — Bex at An Armchair By the Sea
- The Wright Brothers by David McCullough — Heather at Based on a True Story
- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson — Julie at JulzReads
- NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman — Shannon at River City Reading
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown — Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves
- Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer — Lu at Regular Rumination
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Becca at I’m Lost in Books
- Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell — Sarah at The Country Bookworm
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson — Savvy at Savvy Working Girl
- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo — Trish and Love, Laughter, Insanity
- The Vanishing by Anu Silfverberg– Riverhorse at Tungsten Hippo
- H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald– Care at Care’s Online Book Club
- The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee — Florinda at The 3Rs Blog
- Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast — Marisa at The Daily Dosage
- Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling — Brona at Brona’s Books
- Severed by Frances Larson — Rachel at Hibernator’s Library
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — Iliana at Bookgirl’s Nightstand
- Stiff by Mary Roach — Katie at Doing Dewey
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — Katie in MA
- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande — JoAnn at Lakeside Musing
- The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston — Chris at Wildmoo Books
- Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott — Amanda at Gun in Act One
- The Writer’s Guide to Weapons by Ben Sobieck — Laura at The Button Tapper
- Missoula by Jon Krakauer — Athira at Reading on a Rainy Day
- Grain of Truth by Stephen Yafa — Kelly at The Well-Read Redhead
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown — Kristen at BookNARound
- Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland — Anne at Head Full of Books
- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day — Jancee at Jancee’s Reading Journal
- Once A Runner by John L. Parker, Jr. — Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote — Carrie at Other Women’s Stories
- Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar — Jay at Bibliophilopolis
- Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson — Heather at Capricious Reader
- Bossypants by Tina Fey — Sophie at Paper Breathers
- Rising Strong by Brené Brown — Stacy at The Novel Life
- Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground by Mark Mason — Julie at Smiling Shelves
- The Fictional 100 by Lucy Pollard-Gott — Emma at Words and Peace
- Garlic: An Edible Biography by by Robin Cherry — Amanda at Opinions of a Wolf
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler– Debbie at The Friday Friends
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand — Kim at Time2Read
- Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susan Cahalan — Lisa at Lit and Life
- Quiet by Susan Cain — Literary Lindsey
And a few more additions made after I finished up this post late Thursday night:
- Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer — Maphead’s Book Blog
- Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion — Carin at Caroline Bookbinder
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — Jennifer at Bookish Lawyer
- Lingo by Gaston Dorren — Caroline at More Thoughts, Vicar?
- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard — Amy Brandon at Sadie Bell Reads
- The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander — Ann at Books on the Table
- Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen — Sharon at Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk– Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum
- How I Killed Pluto and Why it had it Coming by Mike Brown — raidergirl3 at An Adventure in Reading
- Displacement by Lucy Knisley — Andi at Estella’s Revenge
- Rats by Robert Sullivan — Guiltless Reading
Whew. I can feel my virtual book wishlist toppling over as we speak. I love it!
- 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. I am pretty psyched about this one.
- 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.
That’s all I’ve got! Thanks to everyone who participated, it’s been a fun way to start the month.