Hello all and welcome to the first week of Nonfiction November! I can’t wait to chat about nonfiction with you all month long. Our first discussion will be hosted by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction, so visit her if you want to share a response to this week’s discussion prompt or any nonfiction reviews. The prompt for this 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?
I’ve decided to always approach this challenge by sharing several favorites. The first, Seed Money, was a fantastic blend of the specific history of the chemical company Monsanto and bigger picture events. The Only Plane in the Sky is a book you all have been recommending through the last two Nonfiction November events and this incredible, clear, well-researched oral history totally lived up to your reviews. The last, The Code Breaker, was a great biography which explained the science clearly, asked thoughtful philosophical questions, and really humanized a brilliant scientist.
Topics Of Focus
I’ve read a ton of great science books that are related to genetics and genomics this year. This is a topic that’s interested me as long as I’ve been reading nonfiction, so it was nice to make it a focus again after a bit of a break. I also read two histories of 9/11, a couple of books on how to make friends/host good gatherings, and several books on evil corporations.
Most Recommended Book
I’ve been recommending Seed Money, The Monsanto Papers, and The Code Breaker pretty frequently. When I enjoy books that relate to biotech, I often end up recommending them to lots of friends and co-workers.
Hopes for Nonfiction November
As always, my favorite part of the event is getting to interact with other people who are excited about nonfiction. This year, I’m also hoping to get back to reading and reviewing 2 or 3 books a week, instead of the 1 that’s become my new normal. We’ll see!
Thank you all for joining us for another year of Nonfiction November! Don’t forget to link-up your discussion prompt responses and nonfiction reviews with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction this week. You can also join Jaymi at The OC Book Girl for the Instragram challenge every day. The hashtag there and on twitter is #NonficNov.