Nonfiction November is here! It feels a bit like the month snuck up on me, but Minnesota got our first snow of the season and I switched to my flannel sheets, so I guess that’s where we are with the year.
The first weekly prompt for Nonfiction November is Your Year in Nonfiction, and will be hosted by Julie @ JulzReads:
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?
A quick reminder on the weekly hosts — if you’re a blogger, make sure you link up your weekly post at Julie’s blog so you can be included in any round ups we work on this week. If you’re a reader, head over there to check out other posts responding to the prompt and, if you feel so inclined, respond to the prompt in the comments. And now, on to my answers!
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Of course, I can’t pick just one – that’d be pretty much impossible. Five books I’ve loved this year are Portage by Sue Leaf, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith, and Evicted by Matthew Desmond.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
The book I’ve loaned out the most is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, a look at a series of suspicious deaths of members of the Osage Indian nation in the early 1920s. As the murders in the ‘Reign of Terror’ grew to more than 20 people, the FBI (still a young agency) was called in to try and solve the case. This is a book that can really appeal to people who think they don’t like nonfiction, and people who love well-researched narrative nonfiction, which is why I’ve been able to recommend it so much.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
Speaking of narrative nonfiction… I feel like that’s been a gap this year. I’ve read a lot of books I’d consider self-help or personal development, but not as many narratives on quirky or curious topics. I’ve got my eyes open for those this month.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
This year has been another strange one for me. I was laid off in April and just started a new job in October, so I feel like I’ve spent a lot of the year without much of a routine. In addition to book recommendations and community, I’m hoping that this month will help me feel like I’m getting back in the groove of working and blogging and Instagramming and planning.
I’m really psyched to be kicking off this month already. If you’re participating as a blogger, be sure to link up your post at JulzReads!
And if you’re not a blogger (or are a blogger who wants to up your Instagram game), we also have a little bonus way to participate we didn’t include in the announcement. Check out these prompts for a #NonficNov Instagram challenge that will kick off on November 1.