Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction
Nonfiction November is here again! Some bloggers have set aside stacks of nonfiction titles to read this month, others will celebrate by highlighting books they've read throughout the year, and everyone will be adding to their TBR (to be read) lists. Like last year, our hosts are offering weekly blog post prompts. Kim is hosting this week's topic: My Year in Nonfiction.
How much nonfiction do I read?
Just over one quarter of my reading since last November has been nonfiction... and one third of that has been on audio.
What do I read about?
My biggest trend this year has been toward bookish or literary nonfiction:
- Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
- Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
- So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan
As always, a fair dose of science and medicine...heavy on aging issues this year:
- Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
- On Immunity An Inoculation by Eula Biss
Culinary/foodie nonfiction always figures prominently in my selections:
- Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin
- Zero Belly Diet by David Zinczenko
- A Taste of Upstate New York: The People and the Stories Behind 40 Food Favorites by Chuck D'imperio
I also love travel/adventure/history:
- Finding Florida by T. Allman
- The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
- An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
A new discover this year is just for fun/ slump-busting light nonfiction:
- Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky
- Lessons From Madame Chic: The Top 20 Things I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott
What nonfiction book have I recommended the most?
An easy question. I have recommended Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande to everyone I know and even got my book club to read it. (my review)
What was my favorite nonfiction read of the year?
I enjoyed everything about The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck, especially the mules. 'Participatory history' is a term I had not previously encountered, but this account of a modern day mule-crossing is a darn good read. (my review)
What do I hope to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
I'd like to expand my reading horizons and add new books to my wish list. Learning what other bloggers recommend is the best way to do that.
Do you read much nonfiction?
What is your favorite/most recommended title this year?
Links to more "My Year in Nonfiction" posts can be found at Sophisticated Dorkiness.