#NonficNov Intro: Your Year in Nonfiction

October 29, 2018 Uncategorized 26

Well, this has come quickly! It’s Nonfiction November everyone! Today we have our first prompt, hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, so you can hop over to her blog to check out other responses.

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? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

I have a had a great year for nonfiction, which has made up more than half of my reading so far. I’m excited to keep that going with Nonfiction November.

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Always a tough one! In fact, I’m going to give you five favorites 🙂

  • The Dinosaur Artist  – people stealing dinosaurs
  • Black Ink – a history of black literature
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – the story of the Golden State Killer
  • Bad Blood – deception by a medical start-up
  • In Praise of Difficult Women – vignettes about a diverse collection of women who inspire the author

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?

I’ve been a little more into true crime this year then previously. I’ve also just started reading through the National Book Award short list and these are longer books on weightier topics that what I usually pick up.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Definitely Bad Blood. This story about the startup Theranos and how they deceived people into believing their blood test worked for almost a decade reads like a thriller. It was so good! It’s also relevant to a lot of people I know, since I work in biotech in the Bay Area.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

I always love talking to people about nonfiction and discovering fellow nonfiction lovers. I’m also particularly looking forward to the Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert prompt. I have a few topics I’m interested in starting reading about and I’d like to use this prompt to put together my own to-read list and to ask for your suggestions.

That’s all I’ve got for you today! Now head over to Kim’s to hear what other Nonfiction November participants have to say 🙂

26 Responses to “#NonficNov Intro: Your Year in Nonfiction”

    • DoingDewey

      It does seem to be getting rave reviews! I’m sure it’s not just you though and there are certainly some hyped books I’ve not picked up – Educated comes to mind.

    • DoingDewey

      It was really unbelievable! I was just commenting on someone else’s review to agree that if this was fiction, I’d find it too ridiculous to be good 🙂

  1. NancyElin

    My choice to put on my TBR is Black Ink.
    I just finished reading the biography of Lorraine Hanesberry (2018) (playwright and screenplay for ‘Raisin in the Sun’).
    This give me an idea: become expert: read non-fiction about some iconic Black American writers.

    • DoingDewey

      Oh yay! I’m glad you picked up and enjoyed the Philadelphia Chromosome. I’d say Bad Blood is good in a slightly different way – more suspense, less detailed science -but similarly engaging and likely to interest a lot of the same people, so hopefully you enjoy it too 🙂

  2. kelly

    True crime this year — especially the non-violent kind — has been so good. I am eager to dig into (heh) The Dinosaur Artist, as I liked Bad Blood and The Feather Thief (worth reading if you haven’t!).

    • DoingDewey

      It’s true! And I definitely feel more unambiguously good about enjoying true crime when it’s not violent. More violent crimes or more recent ones make me think more about the ethics of enjoying this type of a story.

      Haha, solid choice. I did read The Feather Thief, around the same time, and I enjoyed it too! It was a little lighter and easier to read than The Dinosaur Artist, but I enjoyed them both in their own way.

    • DoingDewey

      There really has been a wide variety of books in that genre! Now that you point that out, I suspect that has something to do with why it’s stayed interesting for me. Be/Ask/Become week and the book pairing seem to be perennial favorites. I’m glad we always bring them back 🙂

  3. Melissa

    The Dinosaur Artist sounds fantastic! I read The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs this year, which just reignited my passion for dinos, so The Dinosaur Artist sounds right up my street.

  4. Helen Murdoch

    I am doing Non-fiction November as well. I didn’t used to read a lot of non-fiction, but in the last few years I have found a ton of interesting narrative non-fiction so that makes me happy.

    • DoingDewey

      Oh yay, I’m glad you’ll be joining us! I discovered narrative nonfiction around the time I started my blog about 7 years ago and I’ve been loving it ever since 🙂

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