non-fiction november week 1

nonficnovimageIt’s Non-Fiction November!

Hosted by Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), Katie (Doing Dewey), Leslie (Regular Rumination), and Becca (I’m Lost in Books), Non-Fiction November is a challenge to spend the month exclusively reading and writing about non-fiction. Each week there is a discussion topic, and the hosts also have a couple of readalongs going for the event.

Week 1 topic, November 3–7 (hosted by Kim, Sophisticated Dorkiness)
Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of non-fiction and reflect on the following questions:

What was your favorite non-fiction read of the year?
Of the 18 non-fiction books I read this year (so far!) my favorite is Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t stop thinking about it, couldn’t stop talking about it. A VERY close second is the biography of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss, When Pride Still Mattered. Every Green Bay Packers fan should read it, as well as all fans of football.

What non-fiction book have you recommended the most?
I just finished Amy Poehler’s Yes Please this morning and can tell I’ll be recommending that shizz all over the place!

What is one topic or type of non-fiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
Hmm. My tastes are pretty broad, I think, when it comes to non-fiction topic-wise. But I’d say I don’t have much experience reading essay collections, letters/journals, or argumentative non-fiction. I don’t necessarily feel like I need to make myself read these forms, I’m not purposefully avoiding them—it’s all about the subject matter intriguing me.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Non-Fiction November?
I’d love to get through more non-fiction books on my bookshelf that I’ve had for a while but neglected for whatever reason:

I also have about 5–6 more on my shelf not pictured there, and about 7 non-fiction ebooks on my iPad. Maybe that would be a good goal—reading ONE ebook this month! I’m terrible about actually reading ebooks. I just like the feel of a paper book in my hands, I dunno.

Otherwise, I just look forward to reading other bloggers’ responses to the prompts and learning about some new non-fiction titles to check out!

One note: I’m not limiting myself to non-fiction this month… hopefully that’s not cheating! But I started a fiction audiobook (The Girl with All the Gifts) and it’s from the library, so I want to get through it before it’s due back! Besides that I definitely have enough to get me through the rest of November with all non-fiction. Also, I have been an on-again, off-again drop-in member of a non-fiction book group at my local library, but have had conflicts on the nights it meets for discussion lately. Boo! Maybe I can join back up again in 2015.

Are you reading any non-fiction this month?

10 thoughts on “non-fiction november week 1

  1. I would love to read Yes Please! I am a big fan of Amy Poehler. I am not limiting myself to NF this month either, because of review books I need to be reading, but I am reading MOSTLY NF, which is a big difference in my regular reading program.

    • Oh good, I’m a little nervous to read End of Your Life Book Club… both my grammas just passed away in the last year so my heart’s still tender from that. But it might be a healing experience to read that one?

      I usually hold off on buying brand new books but with Amy Poehler’s I couldn’t resist! I’m planning on having a review post up later this week 🙂

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