November 2, 2020
My Year in Nonfiction 2020: #NonficNov
I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, and Shelf-Aware. During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:
My Year in Nonfiction: From November 2019 to November 2020 (today’s post)
Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings
Be the Expert
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My Year in Nonfiction: Nov 2019-Nov 2020
Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations.
While my sixteen nonfiction reads fall below my year’s goal of twenty, it’s the quality and enjoyment and not the quantity that creates a successful and meaningful reading year! In one other way, sixteen seems like a low number to me: I read a majority of historical fiction, so I’m frequently immersed in history and spend time googling various events. Does anyone else feel like they’re reading nonfiction when reading well-researched histfic? This must count in some way, right?! It certainly feels like it does!
From November to November!
For this post, I am counting my nonfiction reads from the beginning of November and December of 2019 because those nonfiction reads were not represented in last year’s post. So my nomfiction year will be from November to November!
Please join me for Nonfiction November!
“Just like the Grinch couldn’t stop Christmas from coming, the tire fire that is 2020 can’t stop Nonfiction November.”
~Rennie, What’s Nonfiction
Today’s host is Leann @ Shelf Aware.
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***Book titles are Amazon affiliate links or links to my blog reviews.
Memoir is always my most-read category!
Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, An American Daughter (memoir)
Between Inca Walls: A Peace Corps Memoir (memoir)
The Salt Path (memoir)
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood (memoir)
Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction (YA memoir)
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (memoir)
The Girl With Seven Names: Escape From North Korea (memoir)
Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family (memoir)
Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit (historical event)
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 (historical event)
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart For Racial Reconciliation (racism, spiritual)
She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs (feminism)
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (spiritual)
Don’t Overthink It: Making Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life (self-help, essay)
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (racism)
Books About Books
Book Girl (book about books, essays)
- What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
This is the most difficult question! So I’ll give a complicated answer!
Born a Crime is my favorite memoir about racism.
Finding Chika is a favorite memoir because it is the most emotional and heartfelt.
The Girl With Seven Names is a standout because it’s the most compelling and suspenseful.
The Only Plane in the Sky is an important book that everyone should read!
These are the standouts!
- What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
See answers to number one!
- What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
I don’t think I can ever read enough fascinating, thoughtful memoirs!
- 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 2020 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!
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~Rainer Maria Rilke
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~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text
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