I know I don’t read enough nonfiction throughout the year, so when I saw Katie post about Nonfiction November, I knew I wanted to join up. Now, this is kind of tricky because I just started the David Copperfield reading challenge with my roommate today, plus there’s Thanksgiving, we just moved, lots going on in general. But I’m going to try my best.
For this event, there are multiple ways to participate. This year, Nonfiction November is being co-hosted by Katie (Doing Dewey), Becca (I’m Lost in Books), Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), and Leslie (Regular Rumination). You can choose to to respond to weekly discussion prompts, plus there is an official read-along of two different books, Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra and Stacy Horn’s The Restless Sleep. I am going to try to read both books, because they both sound really good.
This week’s discussion prompt asks participants to review their year in nonfiction so far. I’m going to have to scroll through my Goodreads to figure out what I’ve actually read, but I’ll answer theses questions to the best of my ability. Here we go!
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
I read a lot of children’s nonfiction this year for the YALSA challenge, and most of that was just meh. Of the adult stuff I read, I loved Piper Kerman’s Orange is the New Black, Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and Lucy Knisley’s An Age of License.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Probably An Age of License. Lucy Knisley is one of my favorite graphic novelists because she always has wry, spot-on observations about young adulthood and what it means to grow up. She’s around my age, and I found myself reading bits and pieces out loud to my roommates because her thoughts just resonate so well with what I’m going through.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
It looks like I tend mostly toward memoirs and narrative nonfiction, so I would say I don’t read enough history or pyschology/sociology and that sort of thing.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
As always when I do a reading challenge, I want to broaden my horizons. Read books I wasn’t aware of before or that maybe have just been sitting patiently on my TBR that I haven’t gotten to. And just overall, incorporate more nonfiction into my daily reading choices.
Of the 261 books I’ve read this year, just 21 are nonfiction. Of those, 8 are books for kids, 4 are memoirs, 2 are Christian, 2 are nonfiction graphic novels, 1 is history, and the other 4 I’m not sure how to classify. Overall, not a strong showing for nonfiction this year. Here’s hoping Nonfiction November will help me learn to balance my reading!