Hello, my friends, and welcome to Nonfiction November — one of the best holidays of the year!
Each week this month, I’ll be posting on Monday to play along.
This week, our host is the darling and clever Julie of JulzReads.
And she gives us these topics:
Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions…
First, here’s my year in nonfiction thus far:
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman
On Writing by Stephen King
Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
Lovable Livable Home by Sherry and John Petersik
Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope by Wendy Holden
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home by Amy Dickinson
March: Book One by John Lewis
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham
The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
George Rogers Clark: I Glory in War by William R. Nester
Find a Way by Diana Nyad
Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages by David Ross
Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan
United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America by Andrew Ferguson
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts About Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Tom Vanderbilt
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
Encounter with an Angry God: Recollections of My Life with John Peabody Harrington by Carobeth Laird
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
I seriously love the nonfiction, so this is a tough one. But when I look over the list of nonfiction books I’ve read so far this year, the one that stands out is Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home by Amy Dickinson. This book did all the things a book is meant to do: it made me laugh and cry, it made me stay up past my bedtime, and it made me happy to be alive.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
We’ve got a tie here, folks. And I’m realizing that my answers reveal way too much about my inherent dorkiness. You’ve been warned.
First: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
(Full disclosure: I’m writing this post during a 40-minute bout of deep work. It’s nice in here.) This book is gradually changing the way I approach aspects of my work and my life, and it’s making both better. Did I resist change at first? Yes, I did. Am I glad I powered through? Darn right.
Also first: The U.S. Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell
I’m not much of a graphic novel reader, so for me to be handselling one all over town means this book is pretty stinkin’ amazing. I loved this book’s Schoolhouse Rock style, and I loved that I kept getting verklempt about our government while reading it.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
As I look over my nonfiction reading for the year, the books that make my heart sing tend to be memoirs and essay collections. I don’t necessarily gravitate to memoirs, so this feels a bit surprising. I’d be OK with reading more memoirs next year.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
I can’t wait to expand my TBR with suggestions from other bloggers. Last year JoAnn of Lakeside Musing inspired me to read My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, a book I really enjoyed.
I’m looking forward to more discoveries this November!