Happy Nonfiction November every one! I’m so excited to be sharing this awesome event with you once again. This week, we’ll kick off Nonfiction November with our first discussion post, which I’ll be hosting right here at Doing Dewey. As with every discussion question this month, the link-up will be included in the Monday post and will be open until the end of the week. We’ll then post a round-up of the links you share every Friday. You can check out the full schedule and see the other bloggers who are hosting here. Now, on to our first discussion question! Actually, first an extra note – let’s hashtag #NonficNov, same as last year 🙂
Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Always a tough question! I’m not sure why I’m making myself answer this 🙂 Although actually now that I look, there are only really two contenders, so I’ll share them both.
The first is Neil Gaiman’s The View From the Cheap Seats. I’ve been reading a bunch of Gaiman’s books in hopes one would really blow me away and this was it. It was so good! The essays were clever, witty, thoughtful and at times hilarious. Just like listening to him give a talk.
The second is Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl. It gives the best idea of what it’s like to do science in academia of any book I’ve read, but it was also accessible, moving, and beautifully written. I learned a lot about plants and enjoyed the connections she made between her story and the lives of the plants she studies. I thought this succeeded as both a book about science and as an enjoyable memoir.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
I’ve been recommending Stiff by Mary Roach a lot lately. I’ve recently moved to the Bay Area and she’s a local author, plus I’ve met several people who like science nonfiction and haven’t read any of her books yet. All of her books include a ton of fun facts and are really funny, but so far, Stiff is my favorite.
What one topic or type of nonfiction would you like to read more of?
You know, I’m not sure there’s a specific nonfiction subgenre I feel I’ve been neglecting. I could still do a little more pushing myself outside my comfort zone with books on social justice, but the biggest change I’d like to make to my nonfiction reading is to read on more diverse topics. I feel as though I’ve focused in on pop science and nonfiction about social issues, rather than continuing to focus on my
What are you hoping to get out of Nonfiction November?
I’m always excited to find more nonfiction readers out there, so I’m mostly looking forward to getting to know some new bloggers! I’ve also read some really good nonfiction in the past few weeks, so I’m glad to be posting the reviews during Nonfiction November.