#NonficNov Week 4 Wrap-Up

November 24, 2017 Uncategorized 12

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this week’s discussion of what makes us love nonfiction! Everyone had lots of interesting things to say, which I’ll do my best to summarize for you today.

  • Kazen at Always Doing enjoys books that can teach you something, have great writing, are well cited, or that deal with the topic of fire
  • Stacey at Unruly Reader talked about loving books on almost any topic if the writing is good and especially enjoys the engaging narratives written by journalists
  • Julz at Julz Reads loves narrative nonfiction and talked about some topics she’s always excited to read about
  • Heather at Based on a True Story also recommends narrative nonfiction and talked about liking books with humor and books that teach you something
  • Lory at Emerald City Book Review likes good writing but prefers it not be too flowery, looks for books with good stories and fascinating facts, and prefers nonfiction be uplifting and avoid speculation.
  • Beth at Too Fond looks for engaging writing, inspiring subjects, and a good story in her nonfiction.
  • Katherine at Writerly Reader will pick up books based on topic and appreciates a book that has provides both depth of information and a broader context
  • Kim at Time2Read noticed that a lot of her favorites are narrative nonfiction that were well researched and taught her something, while most of her least favorites are memoirs with the author as a character. She concluded that writing is more important than subject matter for and notes that she likes when authors give some insight into their research process.
  • Heather at Gofita’s Pages mostly reads memoirs and books on science and history. Heather especially enjoys narrative nonfiction and appreciates that memoirs are often short, funny, and moving.
  • Cori at Cori’s Mini Book Reviews also talks about enjoying memoirs, especially by comedians, and will also pick up books based on their subject or because they’re a book club pick.
  • Illiana at Bookgirl’s Nightstand enjoys learning from nonfiction, but thinks it’s critical that nonfiction read like a story, not a text book.
  • Jean at Howling Frog likes a good balance between serious topics and fun asides, has some favorite topics, and would love to see nonfiction authors be more concise.
  • Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer can love either lighter or darker books, but typically prefers memoirs and books that read like fiction.
  • Ellie at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm is drawn to particular topics and prefers authors not tangent too much, likes books that are engaging but not too flip for the topic, and enjoys when a book approaches a topic in a new way.
  • Ceri at Bookmarks and Postcards particularly enjoys memoirs and histories that she can learn from, so memoirs that have some depth and histories about little known stories not taught in schools have special appeal.
  • Susie at Novel Visits looks for books that are about interesting people, share experiences different from her own, and are relatable.
  • Carrie at Other Women’s Stories finds that topic matters, but good writing is essential; prefers narrative nonfiction; and typically thinks a serious approach is appropriate for nonfiction.
  • Buried in Print points out that an engaging writing style is even more important when reading about a topic you’re not specifically excited about, even if you’re willing to read something drier on a topic you love.
  • Kristilyn at Reading in Winter is drawn to narrative nonfiction, books with some humor, and memoirs, especially about travel, health, or people she admires.
  • Nick at One Catholic Life chooses books based on topic, but falls in love with books had an impact on his life or provided mentorship. He also looks for books with clear explanations, great organization, and a familiar, friendly tone.
  • Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading loves stories, looks for books with humor and wisdom (without being preachy!), has some go-to topics, and cares about topic, writing style, tone, and author involvement.
  • Eva at The Paperback Princess also talks about loving stories, especially about awesome women in history, where the author’s enthusiasm can be felt in their unique voice, and you feel like you’re getting the inside scoop about the people in the book.
  • Trav at HeadSubheaded wants a book that gives a deep dive into a topic, but which avoids reading like a textbook by including some humor and giving the story some context instead of just giving facts into chronological order.

I know this was a kind of long summary, but you all had so many interesting things to say! Be sure to check out everyone else’s answers. I had a ton of fun reading them!

12 Responses to “#NonficNov Week 4 Wrap-Up”

  1. Cori

    Thanks for hosting this week and compiling this great list! I love the summaries you did for each blog! Thank you! Happy Reading!

    • DoingDewey

      I should have left the link-up open longer, especially given that I’ve had trouble remembering to link-up myself! Thanks for sharing your post 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks for sharing your post here! Next year, I’ll remember to leave the link-up open a little longer. I’ve not always remembered to link-up myself!

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