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Welcome to Nonfiction November! Our hosts–Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?, Katie at Doing Dewey, Veronica at The Thousand Book Project, Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks, and Jaymi at The OC Book Girl–have five weeks of fun topics for us to explore. This week I’m writing about my year in nonfiction.
I participated in this event for the first time last year and I had a blast! I added a huge number of books to my TBR that I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise, met lots of new bloggers, and received a lot of personal recommendations! If you ever read nonfiction, or even if you don’t but kind of wish you did, I hope you’ll join in or at least follow along!
To start us off, Rennie at What’s Nonfiction? invites us to reflect on our year of nonfiction reading.
“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?”
I’ve read 34 nonfiction books since November 1, 2020. I’m shocked! I knew I’d been reading more nonfiction but didn’t realize how very much more. For comparison, I only read eleven last year! I’ve come a long way from when I first started blogging in 2009 and thought nonfiction was boring!
I rarely give out 5-star ratings so Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward is the only book to have that honor this year. What a powerful, beautifully-written memoir of grief, loss, racism, and poverty.
Links either go to my review or GoodReads
I’m a mood reader so I don’t consciously decide that I want to read about a specific topic. But in looking through the books I’ve read this year, I see a theme of perseverance and diversity. Ada Blackjack, an Iñupiaq woman, was the lone survivor of an Arctic expedition. Stacey Abrams sees unfair, racist voting laws and fights to change them. William Kamkwamba had very little access to education or supplies in his Malawian village, but he built a working windmill. Asian Americans saw injustice in the beating death of Vincent Chin so they founded American Citizens for Justice. Mikki Kendall describes women of many races and nationalities throughout history who furthered women’s rights. Women who were only expected to get married and have babies became code breakers in World War II. A Black man became the 44th President of the United States, where we still struggle with racism to this day. This is just a sampling of the people I “met” in nonfiction books this year, the adversity they faced, and the ways they overcame it.
Most Recommended Book
I don’t think I’ve recommended any book over and over, honestly. I’ve read so many good ones, I’ve spread the love around pretty evenly.
What I Hope to Gain in Nonfiction November
First of all, I’ve been reading so much this year that I haven’t really taken the time to review that many books! I hope this event will prompt me to actually review more of the fabulous nonfiction books I’ve read.
Secondly, I’m hoping for lots of new recommendations. It’s hard for me to keep track of all the good books out there, especially nonfiction! I sometimes feel like there aren’t very many bloggers who review nonfiction.
Third, I’m hoping to meet more of those bloggers who do review nonfiction! I know you’re out there!
I hope you’ll join in with your own post this week, or join us next week when we’ll be pairing fiction and nonfiction books! Be sure to link up with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?!