My friends, it’s Nonfiction November, which is practically its own holiday season. This is week one, and we’re starting out with this happy topic…
Your Year in Nonfiction, hosted by Julz of JulzReads: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Nonfiction books I've read this year
- From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
- Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood
- Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
- Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
- Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
- Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
- Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down by Ida Keeling with Anita Diggs
- Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
- Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
- Simple Organizing Wisdom edited by Laurie Jennings
- The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
- The Home Edit by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
- Little Town in a Big Woods by Marilyn Robinson
- Beautifully Organized by Nikki Boyd
- The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo
- Working by Robert A. Caro
- My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
- Gunflint Burning by Cary Griffith
- Mindset by Carol Dweck
- The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
- Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
- Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts
- Dress Like a Woman by Abrams Books
- The Heart of Librarianship by Michael Stephens
- I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott
- Get Better by Todd Davis
- Happy by Design by Victoria Harrison
- Fall and Rise by Mitchell Zuckoff
- The Worry Cure by Robert L. Leahy
- Work Optional by Tanja Hester
- Keeping House by Emma Bloomsfield
- This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick
- Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
- Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson et al
Favorite nonfiction book of the year
Watch how I cheat at this question by telling you the tortured story of how I made my selection…
When I reviewed my list of books read thus far this year, I immediately wrote down Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, because: life-changingly important and profound.
Then I kept scanning, and added Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal (by Amy Krouse Rosenthal) to the list, because: so creative and life-affirming and funny.
And then I kept going and wrote down The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker, because: fascinating and helpful and relevant.
And then I decided on Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, because it was unlike anything else I’d ever read.
Topic I’ve been reading about an awful lot
This year, I’ve read an unnatural number of books about home organization, decor, and design. There’s another one on the nightstand right this minute, because what could be better before-sleep reading than a gorgeous home decor book? (Check back in a couple of weeks, cuz those home decor books are coming back as a topic…)
Nonfiction book I’ve recommended the most
This is probably a tie between Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal and The Art of Gathering.
Goals for Nonfiction November
I love this event every year, because nonfiction is truly my happiest place. (Fiction: love you, too, darling.) My goals are to revel in the nonfiction enthusiasm of my fellow readers and to find some new nonfiction delights.
So, good people… who else is in on the Nonfiction November excitement?