Nonfiction November – My Year In Nonfiction

Nonfiction November 2015

I’m super excited to be participating in Nonfiction November again this year. Last year, I read some great books that I would have otherwise never picked up, so I’m thankful that this event exists to expand my knowledge base. Week 1 is hosted by Kim over at Sophisticated Dorkiness and focuses on the reader’s year in nonfiction.

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?

When I went through my Goodreads list to count up my nonfiction reads for the year, I was simultaneously impressed and disappointed. Does that make sense? Yes, 10.5% of my reads were nonfiction, so that’s cool. But the quality and type of nonfiction that I’m reading doesn’t impress me at all. And I could have sworn that I was doing better this year. So keep in mind as I answer these questions that I read a lot of pop culture/kidlit/YA nonfiction this year.

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Looking back, I have two that I really loved. Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars, which I read as part of Katie’s nonfiction book club, was a super fantastic look at all things space and being an astronaut. It made the job seem way less glamorous that we tend to think about it, while really piquing my interest in topics I had never considered. I also loved Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) because Felicia Day is a really big deal in geek girl society. I love The Guild and pretty much everything on the Geek and Sundry channel, so of course I was going to read it.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Definitely You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). It’s fun and funny and heartfelt. And then I wrote this post about my love for the book and my admiration for Felicia Day, which she then retweeted, so there’s that.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

Probably memoirs. I just don’t like them all that much, except when it’s someone I really admire. Even then, I have to make myself pick up the book sometimes. I don’t know why. I like history and science and narrative nonfiction much more. So no, I haven’t read many of the celebrity memoirs that are so hot right now. Yes, I know I need to.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Like last year, I simply want to expand my horizons, get out of my comfort zone, and find some great books. It’s nice to have a month to focus on something that I normally wouldn’t pay a ton of attention to the rest of the year, even though I try.

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12 responses to “Nonfiction November – My Year In Nonfiction

  1. Jancee, I’ve wondered whether I would enjoy Felicia Day’s book; I’m definitely going to download it in audiobook version now to listen while I’m running. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m always looking for good reads to listen to, especially not-so-serious ones that will hold my attention. I’m looking forward to participating for the first time this year; excited to see what others are reading!

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  2. I don’t read many celebrity memoirs either, I prefer to read memoirs of writers and regular folk who’ve done amazing things.

    Mary Roach keeps popping up – I really must read one of her books one day soon.

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  3. I’m excited you’re joining us! The Felicia Day memoir sounds like a great read. She seems like a really interesting person!

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  4. Getting a retweet from an author you love is so fun. I haven’t read Felicia Day’s book yet, but I definitely want to. I’m thinking it’d be good as an audio book?

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  6. Lu

    I tend to really like memoirs, even if the person doesn’t really have a life I’m very interested in. I think it takes a lot of guts to write your story and I’m always intrigued to see what people have to say about their lives. There are a lot of memoirs that aren’t the celebrity memoirs you mention and those are the ones I often find so intriguing.

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    • I was more talking about memoirs in general, not just celebrity ones. That is a good point – that it takes a lot of courage to write your story. I don’t know why I just don’t get into them.

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