November 1, 2021
My Year in Nonfiction 2021 #NonficNov
I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by What’s Nonfiction, Doing Dewey, The Thousand Book Project, Plucked from the Stacks, and OCBookgirl. During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:
Week 1: (November 1-5) – Your Year in Nonfiction with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction
Week 2: (November 8-12) – Book Pairing with Katie at Doing Dewey
Week 3: (November 15-19) – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert with Veronica at The Thousand Book Project
Week 4: (November 22-26) – Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks
Week 5: (November 29-December 3) — New to My TBR with Jaymi at OCBookgirl
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My Year in Nonfiction: Nov 2020-Nov 2021
Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations.
Well….this is embarrassing! My ten nonfiction reads fall significantly below my year’s goal of twenty. Three reflections on this number: 1. I’m doing a great deal of mood reading because of the lingering pandemic; 2. I haven’t come across that many NF titles that I’ve felt compelled to read; and 3. 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!
What is your favorite category of nonfiction?
I love narrative nonfiction.
“Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work. That’s material that I really like.”
From November to November!
For this post, I am counting my nonfiction reads from the beginning of November 2020 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!
Today’s host is Rennie at What’s Nonfiction
My Year in NonFiction:
***Book titles are Amazon affiliate links or links to my blog reviews.
A Variety of Memoirs!
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Open by Andre Agassi
The Answer Is…Reflections of My Life by Alex Trebek
Never Broken by Jewel
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede (9-11).
Topics/Issues (some are memoir adjacent)
Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee (Design)
Wintering by Katherine May (Rest and Retreat)
Everything Beautiful in its Time by Jenna Bush Hagar (Memories of Loved Ones)
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (the Writing Life)
Birth and Other Surprises by Kimberly Davis Basso (Humorous Parenting Essays)
- What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
I think it has to be The Day The World Came to Town by Jim Defede. Fascinating human interest story about the small town of approximately 9,000 that suddenly hosted over 6,000 people on 9-11!
- What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Because of the 20 year observance of 9-11, I have recommended The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede and The Only Place in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff the most frequently.
- 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.
- 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 2022 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.
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