My Year in Nonfiction 2021 #NonficNov #NonfictionBookParty

November 1, 2021

My Year in Nonfiction 2021 #NonficNov

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

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:

Weekly Topics:
(Join us?)

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.”
~Rick Moody

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


Historical Event

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede (9-11).

The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede (cover) Image: a family of four (2 adults and 2 children) stand with their back to the camera watching a jetliner land


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)


Questions:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  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.
  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 2022 TBR!


QOTD

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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My Year in Nonfiction 2020: #NonficNov

November 2, 2020

My Year in Nonfiction 2020: #NonficNov

Nonfic Nov (Image: a list of hosts and dates on a background of vibrantly colored fall leaves)

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:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction: From November 2019 to November 2020 (today’s post)

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings

Be the Expert

Nonfiction TBR

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

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.

**This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

***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)


Historical Event

The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff (cover)

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 (historical event)


Topics/Issues

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 by Sarah Clarkson (cover) Image: a reading chair surrounded by piles of books and bookshelves

Book Girl (book about books, essays)


Questions:

  1. 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!
  2. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
    See answers to number one!
  3. 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!
  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 2020 TBR!


QOTD

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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My Year in Nonfiction 2019: #NonficNov

October 30, 2019

My Year in Nonfiction 2019: #NonficNov

I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, Sarah’s Book Shelves, and Shelf-Aware. During the month of November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction (today’s post)

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings

Be the Expert

Nonfiction Favorites

Nonfiction TBR

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

My Year in Nonfiction (2019)

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

While my eleven nonfiction reads falls 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 eleven 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 histfic? This must count in some way, right?! It certainly feels like it does!

Please join me for Nonfiction November!


Grouped into general categories, here are my year’s nonfiction reads:

In Pieces by Sally Field (memoir)

Inheritance: A Memoir by Dani Shipiro (memoir)

I Miss You When I Blink by Laura Mary Philpott (memoir/essays)

Beyond Peace by President Richard Nixon (memoir)

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (memoir)

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff (memoir)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (MG: free verse/biographical/memoir)

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman (humorous/personal and piognant essays/memoir)


For Everyone

For Every One by Jason Reynolds (YA: free verse/inspirational)


The Little Book of Hygge.jpg

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking (culture)


leadership in turbulent times

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (political/leadership analysis)


This week’s Non Fiction Prompt is hosted by Julz Reads and these are her questions:

  1. What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
    This is my most dreaded question! There are so many different reasons to love a book. I think one book I was the most curious to read and consequently ended up engaged with her every word was In Pieces by Sally Field. It was a difficult yet compelling read.
  2. What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
    I don’t think In Pieces is a book that everyone would enjoy, so I think my most recommended NF reads would be Inheritance by Dani Shipiro and Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman. My least recommended is I Miss You When I Blink.
  3. 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!
  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 2020 TBR!


QOTD

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



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



Sharing is Caring

Thank you for visiting and reading today! I’d be honored and thrilled if you choose to enjoy and follow along (see subscribe or follow option), promote, and/or share my blog. Every share helps us grow.

Find me at:
Twitter
Instagram
Goodreads
Pinterest



***Blogs posts may contain affiliate links. This means that at no extra cost to you, I can earn a small percentage of your purchase price.

Unless explicitly stated that they are free, all books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library.

Book Cover and author photo are credited to Amazon or an author’s (or publisher’s) website.