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Nonfiction November Week 1 Wrap Up

Nonfiction November 2015Well, 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:

And a few more additions made after I finished up this post late Thursday night:

Whew. I can feel my virtual book wishlist toppling over as we speak. I love it!

Programming Notes

  • 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.

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  • BermudaOnion (Kathy) November 6, 2015, 7:40 am

    Oooh, thanks for creating this list!

  • Amanda November 6, 2015, 7:56 am

    So great to see a list all in one place! Thanks for writing it up!

  • Tara @ Running 'N' Reading November 6, 2015, 10:26 am

    This is so great, Kim; thanks so much!

  • Anne @HeadFullofBooks November 6, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Kim, You asked me a great question on my blog. Where do I hear about good YA nonfiction books? First, as a high school librarian I am charged to do a bit of research for teachers so I will do topic searches on public library catalogs or book stores (online). Secondly, I pay for Junior Library Guild to send me one book a month in the HS Nonfiction category, among others categories. JLG does the leg work for me and almost always includes really interesting nonfiction books that I add to my collection here. Next, I believe in award books and peruse the lists when they come out. YALSA Nonfiction for Young Adults http://www.ala.org/yalsa/nonfiction-award#current is one such site. Check it out for great teen oriented lists. The National Book Award Committee just announced it’s shortlist of books. There is a nonfiction category, though the Young People’s category has nonfiction mixed in. http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2015.html#.Vj0JPFIYHkc Lastly, I keep track of my favorite YA writers who write nonfiction: Hoose, Bartoletti, Sheinkin, Murphy. Hope this helps!

    Here isthe link for the JLG nonfiction selections. https://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/books/list?level%5B%5D=NH&instockorforthcoming=1

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:14 pm

      Thank you SO MUCH for this detailed reply! I am going to check out what YALSA is recommending and go from there.

  • Maphead November 7, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Parasite Rex, The Warmth of Other Suns, Stiff, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus and In Cold Blood are all personal favs of mine and highly recommended!

    • Kim November 8, 2015, 12:29 pm

      I think I remember reading about Parasite Rex on your blog? Maybe I’m making that up. Either way, it did sound great!

  • raidergirl3 November 7, 2015, 3:41 pm

    I’m a week late in joining. Better late than never! I am pleased to see that my favorite NF so far was already listed: Brain on Fire.

    • Kim November 8, 2015, 12:30 pm

      Agree, better late that never. Thanks so much for joining us!

  • Laura @ The Buttontapper November 8, 2015, 1:35 pm

    Great list! I definitely have to add Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops to my To Read pile now. 🙂

    • Kim November 9, 2015, 7:13 pm

      That one looks so fun!

  • Becca November 9, 2015, 4:31 am

    So many good recs! I haven’t been through them all yet, but my TBR is already exploding!

  • Jennine G November 10, 2015, 12:45 pm

    I’ve been following everyone’s Nonfiction November posts and they’ve been great! Love the topic ideas and the variety of titles I’m seeing.

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