Nonfiction November is here! While I’m sad to see October go, with its mild weather and spooky reads and beautiful leaves, Nonfiction November makes the approaching cold a little bit more bearable. I can’t wait to read all your posts this month!
One of the main reasons that I wanted to start Nonfiction November last year was because I don’t really feel like I spend enough time reading nonfiction, even though I typically enjoy it. I don’t seek it out. So, in my standard fashion, my year in nonfiction has been pretty slim.
So far, this year, I’ve read:
- Things I Learned from Dying by David R. Dow
- A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown
- Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges
- Marbles by Ellen Forney
- Busted by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- Wild Ones by Jim Mooallen
Okay, typing that out, it’s actually a lot more than I thought! Graphic Novel February is also great for my nonfiction reading, since three of these (A Matter of Life, Calling Dr. Laura, and Marbles) are all graphic memoirs. Now, to answer some questions!
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
It’s so hard to choose! I really liked Wild Ones and I think Marbles is such an amazing account of Forney’s struggle with bipolar disorder, but the winner this year so far is Things I’ve Learned from Dying by David R. Dow. I think Dow is an underrated writer and more people should be reading his books. Dow is a death row lawyer who does not believe in the morality of the death penalty. He spends most of his time trying in vain to get his clients off death row, whether they are innocent of their crimes or not, rarely succeeding. Things I’ve Learned from Dying is a meditation on life and death that is beautiful and poignant and while it was often heartbreaking or difficult to read, I can’t recommend it enough.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Probably Parasite Rex. I read it with Aarti last year and every time anyone mentions anything to do with parasites, I bring this book up. I loved it.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
History!!! I read a lot of memoirs and some science nonfiction books, but I definitely want to read more books about history. I don’t know as much as I’d like and I want to know more! About all kinds of history.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
I’m really looking forward to reading a lot of good nonfiction and getting great recommendations from other bloggers. Y’all know all the good books, after all.
I can’t wait to read your posts! Remember, this month’s linky will be hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, so please head over to her blog to share our post this week before Friday! Also be sure to check out my other cohosts and their posts this week at I’m Lost in Books and Doing Dewey!