Every year there are so many book blogger events that I totally want to participate in and every year, I don’t.
Part of it is that I’m not naturally a joiner, at all. I prefer to observe rather than participate. The other thing is that these events always seem to require more dedication than I can give.
But the Nonfiction November thing seems manageable. Plus, I LOVE non-fiction and this is another opportunity to preach about it.
If it sounds like your thing, jump on over to Doing Dewey for the schedule!
Let’s do this.
What has your nonfiction year looked like so far? This is the part of the year where I am super thrilled to have kept track of all of this via the coolest spreadsheet ever. Overall, this year my non-fiction reading doesn’t feel as strong as other years. Only 21% of my reading has been non-fiction. So this really comes at a great time. Part of that might be that this year, the non-fiction that I’ve been drawn to has been more serious. Biographies, books about race and gender and memoirs from people with something to say. I’ve read a lot fewer celebrity memoirs or the kind of lighter cultural stuff that I normally love.
Favourite Non-Fiction Title of the Year? I have read so much great non-fiction that it’s really, really hard to pick. Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol probably had the biggest impact on my life. But Bad Feminist got me looking at the world in a whole new way – it sent me reading a lot of books I might not otherwise have. Missoula blew my mind and Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation was full of the kind of information that I Love. So…I can’t pick.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? Probably a toss up between Bad Feminist, Missoula, and Tiny Beautiful Things. Depending on the person, each of those books has so much to offer. Right now, I think Tiny Beautiful Things might be just the book that a lot of people need.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? Books on race. I’ve found that this year, I’ve finally felt brave enough to read books about experiences that aren’t mine, that are critical of my place in the world. Feminism is an easy cause to champion for me, but what good is it if there is no intersectionality with those that are oppressed by the colour of their skin or their religion? I’ve been grateful to the voices of Roxane Gay, Phoebe Robinson, Bryan Stevenson, Ta-Nehisi Coates and others for helping to educate me.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November? I just really like that it’s an excuse to read more non-fiction. I thought my numbers were stronger than 21%!
Thanks to Sarah @ Sarah’s Bookshelves for encouraging me to finally do this!