Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction

November 7, 2016 Book Talk 13

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A little late to the party, but happy to be participating in 2016’s Nonfiction November hosted by a group of lovely bloggers. Many thank yous to co-hosts Katie of Doing Dewey Decimal, Julie of JulzReads, Lory at Emerald City Book Review, Sarah atSarah’s Book Shelves, and Rachel at Hibernator’s Library. 

Nonfiction November is a celebration of the nonfiction books we’ve read throughout the year. I had a good year of nonfiction, twenty-one percent of my overall books read have been from the nonfiction category. I’m hoping by year’s end I’ll have that figure up to a solid quarter percentage.

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

It’s difficult to narrow down a favorite nonfiction read this year. Of the twelve books I’ve finished, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed most each and every one for vastly different reasons: Love Warrior for the empowering message; The Poisoner’s Handbook for the history of forensic science; Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living for the lesson in mindfulness, and 100 Days of Real Food Fast and Fabulous for the quick, easy and delicious recipes.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

I’ve recommended Being Mortal and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande to so many people I’ve lost count. And although I read it in December of 2015 it continues to be the one I recommend most.  As long as we continue to age I’ll be recommending this book on dying with dignity.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

History. While I love history I’ve shied away from reading many nonfiction historical books. I expect {though haven’t given the genre much of a chance yet} something like those dry textbooks from high school. Would love your recommendations!

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Quality time spent amongst this wonderful bookish community, book recommendations and to meet new or new-to-me bloggers

Please do share your recommendations with me in the comments!




13 Responses to “Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    So glad you could join up! I really need to read Being Mortal…I loved When Breath Becomes Air this year and have Being Mortal sitting on my bedroom floor from BEA 2 years ago.

    • Stacy

      For me, those books from BEA that pile up on our floors and shelves fall into our hands at just the right moment. I’ve had books for 4 years sitting on the shelf that I always meant to get to and finally one day did ~ and it was always, just the right time. Hope that makes sense and doesn’t sound too woo-woo!

    • Stacy

      Oh you should definitely give it a go. The writing is superb and the topic so needed. Would love to know what you think!

  2. Kate @ Parchment Girl

    Being Mortal is on my TBR list, though I feel like I have to be in the right mood to read it. I really liked When Breath Becomes Air, which is sort of in the same vein I think. Love Warrior (and wasn’t there a book that came before it?) is also on my list.

    If you wan a good history book to read, I cannot recommend Ravensbrück by Sarah Helm highly enough. I think it should have been nominated for a Pulitzer. It’s heavy, but so, so good and hard to put down. Also John Adams by David McCullough…another long one, but so readable.

    This has been such a great year in nonfiction for me. Some of my favorites were The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron + Suzanne Stabile, Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky (illustrated!), Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson, and Infectious Madness by Harriet A. Washington. I’m going to have such a hard time choosing for my top 10 books of the year post next month!

    • Stacy

      It does sound like you’ve had a great year of nonfiction reads! I haven’t read any of your favorites so I’m going to check all of these out. I have read John Adams – love just about everything David McCullough writes. and yup, you’re correct – the book before Love Warrior was Carry On, Warrior. My daughter has read both and says Love Warrior is better – I’ve only read Love Warrior and first chapter of Carry On so can’t really attest to which one is better. I’ve never heard of Ravensbruck but definitely adding it to my list – I love a good history book! By the way have you read White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America? I was thinking of reading that one next but I’ve only read one good review. Thanks so much for sharing all these recommendations! This is awesome!

  3. BookTrekker

    Have you tried Quiet, by Susan Cain? I really enjoyed it. It was nice, in a noisy, extroverted world, to be reminded of the fact that there are other quiet souls. I also really appreciated the amount of data (both scientific and anecdotal) she provided. I would say that it was by far the best nonfiction read for me thus far. 🙂

    • Stacy

      Oh I’m so with you on Quiet! The first time I ‘read’ it was on audio then I had to buy a physical copy so I could go back and highlight all my favorite quotes! that book is validation to all us introverts! So glad you enjoyed it as well 🙂

    • Stacy

      I was surprised at how engaging his prose was – truly made it narrative nonfiction for me! Definitely lots of food for thought!

  4. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    Being Mortal was one of the best books I read this year, and I think EVERYONE should read it (something I hardly ever say). I’d like to read more history as well — right now I’m reading Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, and it’s making me rethink the whole origin of our country.

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