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?
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.