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!!