Nonfiction November Week 1: Your Year in Nonfiction

02 Nov

So this is my first year participating in Nonfiction November and i’ll be honest, I think its the first time I’ve ever heard it referenced on blogs – maybe I just wasn’t reading the right ones (because lets face it, nonfiction is not a topic that lots of people read and review exclusively). But now that I know about it, it will be making an appearance on my blog in future years. This year, Nonfiction November is being hosted by Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), and Rennie (What’s Nonfiction). I’m already having a blast looking at all the different pictures of books that people are posting on Twitter, Instagram or in the Goodreads group – I have a feeling that Mt TBR is going to grow exponentially over the next month.

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
So this part of the prompt was a non-brainer – but far my favorite non-fiction read from the past year is also one of the books that I have probably also recommended the most since I read it. But first, a bit of the backstory, whenever I go to the library (which is much more often that I care to admit some weeks…I’m basically on first name basis with all the staff there), I tend to do a quick look of all the new purchases the library has made in both fiction and nonfiction (and its not uncommon that at least one – or more – books get added to my check out pile). Anyways, in August, I did just that and a book called The Sun Does Shine caught my eye – first of all the cover was very bright which when compared to many other NF books that use blacks, greys and white as their predominant colors, this was an anomaly. But the second thing that caught my eye was the authors name, Anthony Ray Hinton…I couldn’t place it exactly, but I knew that I had heard or read it someone in the not so recent past. Anyways, I grabbed it to read and when I opened it up and saw the foreword, I knew why – the memoir was based on one of the cases that Bryan Stevenson discusses in his book, Just Mercy – which is probably my most recommended book in 2017.

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
My nonfiction reading is always kind of diverse – mostly because a lot of the stuff I read is for different challenges on both Goodreads and other websites. A quick analysis of the 16 books I read in the past year were: Science/Math: 5 books; Biography/Memoirs: 7 Books (further broken down into Celebrity /Performers (1), Historical Persons/Groups (3); Current Persons/Groups (3); Travel/Adventure: 3 Books; Self-Help: 2 books and True Crime: 1. I guess if I had to pick, I would say that I’ve been more prone to picking up science/math type books recently (I’m counting psychology, math, economics all under this general umbrella).

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
See my comment above about my favorite book from the last year – as soon as I got done with reading my copy from the library – I walked in, handed it to the librarian and said “READ THIS” – thankfully, most of them listen to me (or at least I think they do) when I recommend books. He also turned around and recommended a similar book to me that is part of the One Maryland One Book project (which is one of the books I have on my pile for this month).

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Well, I could sarcastically say that I hope to reduce some of the nonfiction books on my pile – but we all know that isn’t going to be the case 🙂 So I hope to discover a wide variety of books on topics that I hadn’t considered before (even if I don’t get them read during the course of the month). Katie at Doing Dewey inspired me to try my own Dewey Decimal Challenge – so I’m slowing chugging away at that – I have definitely found my comfort zone – so trying to push out of that.

Bring on Nonfiction November!!


Posted by on November 2, 2018 in Uncategorized


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8 responses to “Nonfiction November Week 1: Your Year in Nonfiction

  1. Lance

    November 4, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I have to find this site! While I on rare occasions will read a fictional sports story at least 90% of my reading is non-fiction. Got two going now, plus starting an audiobook on the Monday morning commute.

  2. Lance

    November 4, 2018 at 3:17 am

    I should answer one of your questions too. Best nonfiction read of 2018 is ” Football For a Buck” by Jeff Pearlman. Tells the history of the United States Football League, a spring league that lasted three years. As for my favorite topic…you already know that answer. The book I have recommended the most is a baseball book, “Luckiest Man” by Jonathan Eig, a biography of Lou Gehrig

  3. Katherine Nabity

    November 4, 2018 at 6:00 am

    Welcome to NonFicNov! Heh, all I know is that my TBR pile *never* gets smaller in November. 😉

  4. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    November 4, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I didn’t realize The Sun Does Shine was one of the cases in Just Mercy — that makes me want to read it even more! I had it out from the library, but then had to send it back because someone else had it on their holds list. I’m glad you found us and could join Nonfiction November this year!

  5. Melissa

    November 5, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I grabbed The Sun Does Shine just yesterday at my local indie bookstore! Glad to see so many people enjoy it.

  6. Tina

    November 18, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I need to pick up Bloodsworth immediately!! Librarian rec ftw.

  7. Katie Wilkins (@DoingDewey)

    December 19, 2018 at 6:44 am

    That’s high praise for your favorite book – I never have an easy time picking one! I definitely also find myself settling into a comfort zone with my reading and should probably try to refocus on my own Dewey Decimal challenge in the new year to help push myself out of it!


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