Nonfiction November: Nontraditional Nonfiction

November 16, 2015 Uncategorized 18

Nonfiction November 2015

Wow, this month is flying by! It’s week three of Nonfiction November and this week Becca at Lost in Books is hosting a discussion about Nontraditional Nonfiction.

Nontraditional Nonfiction: This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats.  We want to hear all about it this week!  

I’ll be honest – this is way less my thing than pairing fiction with nonfiction! I almost exclusively read my nonfiction as traditional print books or sometimes ebooks if I can’t get a physical copy as easily. The one exception is that I love to listen to memoirs as audiobooks narrated by their authors. My favorites so far have been How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and Bossypants by Tina Fey, but I’ve actually listened to surprisingly few books in this category given how much I like them. So, of course, I’m going to take this opportunity to grow my to-read pile even more this month and ask – Are there any memoirs narrated by their authors that you’d recommend?

18 Responses to “Nonfiction November: Nontraditional Nonfiction”

  1. Laura @ The Buttontapper

    I haven’t listened to this one yet, but I’ve heard lots of great things about Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please.” She narrates her own audiobook for this as well, and since you mentioned Tiny Fey’s book, this seems like one you’d enjoy — even if it’s not 100% memoir (the description says it includes mantras, advice, and “Plastic Surgery Haiku,” which sounds kinda like something I would write!).

  2. Valorie Grace Hallinan

    Agree, I LOVE the pairing of fiction with nonfiction. Hope I can participate next year if it’s done again. But I like that you’re discussing nontraditional nonfiction, too, such interesting combinations and ways to think about nonfiction.

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves

    Ha – I’m with you on this week’s topic not being your thing! So, I skipped it and am tweaking this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic to fit NN. Making it Top 10 Quotes from This Year’s Nonfiction.

  4. Naomi

    Listening to those types of memoirs on audio is a great idea. I often think their books will be funny, but reading them just doesn’t seem to work well for me. I’m always disappointed. Listening to the author read it themselves would be so much better!

    • DoingDewey

      I think hearing the author read something makes a big difference for me! Some of them still don’t work though, like Not That Kind of Girl. I think it was probably better read by the author, but it still just didn’t work for me.

  5. Kim @Time2Read

    I don’t really listen to many audiobooks at all. I have trouble concentrating and my mind wanders, and then I have to hit rewind. I did listen to a fiction audiobook last week…well, part of one. What I’m finding works well for me is to have both the audiobook and the print so that I can listen while I fold laundry or drive, and then fill in the blanks with the print book. That is my strategy this week for reading ‘I Am Malala’.

  6. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I’m not a big audiobook person, but I think memoirs narrated by the author are a good use of the medium. I listened to Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson this year and that was wonderful. Hearing the author’s voice really enhanced the experience, especially as it was written as poetry.

    • DoingDewey

      Oh wow, I bet Brown Girl Dreaming would be great as an audiobook! I read it recently and really enjoyed it, but I think it would be even better to hear the author’s tone and the cadence she intended.

  7. Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings

    I so agree with you on the topic of this week’s post. I keep thinking about it, but I have yet to be inspired! I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I just started listening to Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison, the unauthorized biography of her life in the Playboy mansion. I am enjoying it far more than I expected, and Madison is easy to listen to.

  8. Brona

    Like you, most of my non-fiction comes from physical books, but I do love to grab some of my non-fiction via podcasts and TED talks – from everything to do with books and authors, to environmental issues, health, self-help, history, philosophy, inspirational, music and comedians.

  9. Amanda

    2 ideas – neither of which I have read just have on my mental TBR. Neil Patrick Harris I thought was supposed to be great at his book and the cast of the Princess Bride, I think the book is called As You Wish? I almost never do audio books!

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