#NonficNov: Your Year in Nonfiction

November 2, 2020 Uncategorized 36

Woo! Happy Nonfiction November everyone! It’s time for our first discussion post. This week, we’ll be talking about our year so far in nonfiction. The discussion will be hosted by Leann at Shelf Aware, so visit her to share your post if you’re joining the conversation this week. The prompt for the week is:

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?

Favorite Nonfiction

As always, I’m beginning this post wondering why we subject ourselves to this question and then immediately resolving to cheat. Instead, I’m going to give you three books I’ve loved and am sure will make my top nonfiction end of year list. Here For It was a delightful memoir that managed to be funny and hopeful, while also addressing some serious topics. Fathoms should not be a book I love so much, given the descriptions of whaling, but I’m head over heels for the beautiful prose and thoughtful perspective. And Uncanny Valley is a book that could have been written for me. Since moving to Silicon Valley myself, I’ve been fascinated by insider accounts like this one and I’ve enjoyed listening to a number of perceptive talks by the author about the culture in tech companies here.

Topics Of Focus

I kicked off my year with an intentional deep dive into the topic of urban planning (reviews part 1, part 2, and part 3). I’ve also read more nature writing and especially books on birds than I have in prior years. Other than that, I’ve had my typical focus on books on forgotten history, pop science, tech, and social justice related topics.

Most Recommended Book

Maybe still Bad Blood, actually. As someone in biotech in silicon valley, I will always be encountering many people who are likely to enjoy this book about scandalous behavior at a biotech start-up.

Hopes for Nonfiction November

I’m always just excited to interact with all of you! I feel like nonfiction book bloggers are still pretty outnumbered and it’s always fun to find other people who love the genre or are giving it a try. I’m not trying to grow my already excessive TBR, but I accept growing it as an acceptable cost for hearing about what you’re all reading :p So, thanks for joining us for yet another wonderful year of NonficNov! Don’t forget to share your discussion posts and reviews over at Leann’s blog this week and on twitter with hashtag #NonficNov.

36 Responses to “#NonficNov: Your Year in Nonfiction”

  1. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    Just from the cover, I thought Uncanny Valley was So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. LOL
    Fathoms sounds like a great pairing with the novel I reviewed today (Creatures by Crissy Van Meter – lots of whale symbolism going on in that book, also beautiful prose).

    • DoingDewey

      Oh, those covers are very similar!

      I’m behind on reading reviews, but I’m excited to hear what you thought of Creatures. I’ve seen the cover it looks gorgeous.

  2. Rennie

    “I’m not trying to grow my already excessive TBR, but I accept growing it as an acceptable cost for hearing about what you’re all reading” Exactly the same for me! Here For It is one of my favorite reads this year too. I owe you for that wonderful recommendation!

    • DoingDewey

      Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one! And I’m glad you ended up enjoying Here For It as much as I did. I’d not heard of the author before reading it, so I’m glad I took the chance and picked it up.

    • DoingDewey

      I’d not heard of the author before reading his memoir, but I enjoyed it enough that I’ve been checking out his column on Elle ever since 🙂

  3. N@ncyElin

    I’ve added Here For It and Bad Blood to my 2021 TBR.
    I cannot wait to start the new year…with a clean slate and new president!!

    • DoingDewey

      Awesome! Bad Blood is one of my all-time favorites. I’m so glad the election has finally been called. I’ll be sleeping easier 🙂

  4. Lisbeth @ The Content Reader

    I use this challenge to read from my TBR nonfiction shelves. I think they are slightly bigger, or longer, than my fiction shelves.
    I enjoy this challenge. It gives me a chance to see what kind of nonfiction you are reading, and get inspired to read areas outside my own interest. My interest is mostly history, but this year I have included books from Nature, Evolution, Literature and Life as well as History.
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  5. louloureads

    I’m looking forward to Nonfiction November so much this year! I’ve read more nonfiction this year than normal, so I think it’s time for me to restock my TBR based on people’s recommendations, and I also just love reading posts for the challenge – something about Nonfiction November seems to generate really interesting discussions. Here’s to a great month 🙂
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    • DoingDewey

      Oh yay! I’m excited for it too. Even with topics mostly the same from year to year, I’m always learning new things and getting new perspectives from people’s response.

  6. Lisa notes

    I’ve been hearing about Bad Blood so since you recommend it to highly, I’ll add it to my list! My tbr list is already growing more out of control thanks to #Nonficnov. 🙂

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