My Year in Nonfiction 2022 #NonficNov #NonfictionBookParty

My Year in Nonfiction 2022 #NonficNov

Welcome to Nonfiction November 2022! I’m eager to participate again this year, and I want to give a shout-out to our hosts:  What’s Nonfiction, Doing Dewey, Plucked from the Stacks, She Seeks Nonfiction, and The OC Bookgirl.
During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction-focused post each week.

Nonfiction November poster (text in white against a green background against colorful fall leaves)

Weekly Topics:
(Join us?)

Week 1: (October 31-November 4) – Your Year in Nonfiction with Katie @ Doing Dewey

Week 2: (November 7-11) – Book Pairing with Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction

Week 3: (November 14-18) –Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher @ Plucked from the Stacks

Week 4: (November 21-25) – Worldview Changers with Rebekah @ She Seeks Nonfiction

Week 5: (November 28-December 2) — New to My TBR with Jaymi @ The OC Bookgirl
***Jaymi is also hosting an Instagram (bookstagram) daily photo challenge #NonfictionBookParty. Check out @TheOCBookgirl for all the details.

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Year in Nonfiction: Nov 2021-Nov 2022

Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations.

I read 14 nonfiction this year which is MORE nonfiction than last year, so that’s a personal win!

What is your favorite category of nonfiction?

I love narrative nonfiction (followed closely by thought-provoking memoirs).

Narrative Nonfiction is “Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work. That’s material that I really like.”
~Rick Moody

From November to November!

For this post, I am counting my nonfiction reads from the beginning of November 2021 because those nonfiction reads were not represented in last year’s post. So my nonfiction year will be from November to November!

Please join me for Nonfiction November 2022!

Today’s host is Katie at Doing Dewey

My Year in NonFiction:

***Book titles are Amazon affiliate links or links to my blog reviews

A Variety of Memoirs!

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield (Narrative Nonfiction)
On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old by Parker J. Palmer (underwhelmed…not reviewed)
I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working by Shauna Niequist
Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (underwhelmed….not reviewed)
These Precious Days: Essays by Ann Patchett
Going There by Katie Couric (underwhelmed…..not reviewed)
Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (novella) (interesting but not reviewed)


The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore (Narrative Nonfiction)

Topics/Issues/Self Help/Essays

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker
Atomic Habits by James Clear
A Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders (the analysis is interesting but I’m not fond of Russian short stories; not reviewed)
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Answering Questions For My Year in Nonfiction:

  1. What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
    I think it has to be The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore because it reads like a histfic thriller.
  2. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
    The nonfiction I’ve recommended most includes An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, The Woman They Could Not Silence, and Atomic Habits.
  3. Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
    Not really….I’m an incorrigible mood reader (even in nonfiction), but obviously I’m always attracted to thoughtful memoirs and biographies. This year’s favorite memoir is An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth because it was so different than what I usually read and I learned a great deal.
  4. What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
    I’m eager to read posts from other bloggers and add inspiring nonfiction titles to my 2023 TBR!


I would love to hear all about your favorite nonfiction reads in the comments! If you could recommend ONE NF title for me, what would you recommend?

If you are participating in #NonficNov, please leave a link to your post in comments.

Happy Reading Book Friends!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. I’m listening to Finding Me by Viola Davis and it’s so good. I’ve been enjoying memoirs mostly this year.

  2. Great post Carol. I bought the audiobook for The Woman They Could Not Silence but haven’t listened to it. Maybe I should this month. I hope to do this post, but being on the road, it will be on the weekend before I have time.

  3. I didn’t know Ann Patchett had written an essay collection! Given that I love her writing but often find the endings of her fiction a little underwhelming, I think I could really enjoy an essay collection from her. I’d also really like to get to The Woman They Could Not Silence, having enjoyed Radium Girls quite a lot 🙂

    • It’s an interesting essay collection Katie! 🙌 The Woman They Could Not Silence is compelling, unputdownable, and memorable….I know you’d enjoy it! Thanks for commenting!

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