Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nonfiction November: Week 1

 

It's Nonfiction November time! You can find all of the information over at Sophisticated Dorkiness. This event is a great way to look back at the nonfiction titles you have read this year, add some new ones to your to-be-read list, and think about the importance of reading nonfiction. 

 

If participating does nothing else for me, I'm realizing that I read more nonfiction than I think I do. At this point, I've reviewed 20 nonfiction titles on my blog this year.

   Not My Father's Son  Love: The Saint and the Seeker  The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan  

   Blankets   Relish: My Life in the Kitchen  How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much 

    Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania    

   Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography  Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic: And Other Opinions I Can't Back Up With Facts  The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio 

   The Folded Clock: A Diary     

    For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards   

                            Truth and Beauty 

 

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? That is a tough question. I'm going to call it a tie between Simply Tuesday and I Am Malala

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? I recommended Quiet a lot around the time I read it. I also talk Erik Larson (Dead Wake) up as a great gateway writer for people who don't think they can be nonfiction readers.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? I could read more history and science. I tend to gravitate towards memoirs/biographies or books that I think are labeled as "lifestyle" books.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November? I hope to really motivate myself to read more nonfiction and add some great books to my tbr list! 

What do you hope to read during Nonfiction November? Definitely Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey, Sounds Like Me by Sara Bareilles, Headstrong by Rachel Swaby, and Bonhoeffer by Eric Mataxas. Then we will have to see what jumps into my hands the next time I go to the library...

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you loved I am Malala! I am excited to read that one for our readalong this month.

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    1. It's such a great choice for a nonfiction readalong!

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  2. I've never thought of it that way,but Ithink you're right as far as Larson being a "gateway writer" Ienjoyed the other books of his that I've read, but haven't gotten to the new one yet. I recommend Quiet to everybody a few years ago. So much of that book rang true to me, speaking as a high-functioning introvert myself. :-)

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    1. I'm still not caught up on the Larson books either, but it's kind of nice to know that there are more books to read when you have the chance!

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  3. Quiet was life changing in the way I think about myself.

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    1. Me too! I had so many moments where I thought, "Oh my gosh, it's not just me!"

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  4. I want to read so many of these!!

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    1. Book recommendations are so contagious!!

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  5. You have basically read my wish list this year ;-)
    I need to see if my library has Simply Tuesday...

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    1. It's a good bunch, isn't it?? I would love to hear what you think after you read Simply Tuesday. :)

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  6. Oh yay! Since I Am Malala is our read-along this month, I'm especially excited to hear you liked it so much :) I didn't think of Quiet when I was writing this post, but I actually recommend that pretty frequently too!

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  7. It's great to look back and take count of what you've actually achieved in NF reading. I've read Quiet and enjoyed very much her talk on TED. I guess many of us because we are introverts identify.
    I've just been across to Goodreads to find out about Simply Tuesday and then added it, love books like this.

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  8. Quiet is definitely a book that everyone should read!

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  9. Thanks for recommending Simply Tuesday. Happily I found it on an e-audiobook and I'm listening to it now.

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2015/11/nonfiction-november.html

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