This year I’ll be participating in Nonfiction November, a month-long challenge to read, write about, and discuss as much nonfiction as possible, with a themed discussion prompt posted at the start of each week.
This year the challenge is hosted by Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction). The prompt for Week 1 (Oct. 29 to Nov. 2) is Your Year in Nonfiction, and is hosted by Kim.
While I have not intentionally focused on nonfiction this year, I have read a great deal of it. Earlier in the year I read the essays of James Baldwin and Susan Sontag, along with other older writers’ work, but I began to focus on contemporary nonfiction books around the start of spring. I’ve enjoyed almost everything I’ve read this year!
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
My favorite nonfiction read of the year definitely is Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering. Jamison’s exploration of addiction is fascinating, as is her discussion of Alcoholics Anonymous and other treatment programs. My respect for this book has only increased with time, and I’m planning on kicking off Nonfiction November with The Empathy Exams.
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
I’ve also recommended the essays of Rebecca Solnit: I recently finished Call Them By Their True Names, which I enjoyed, and Hope in the Dark, which I loved. Solnit writes intelligently but accessibly, and manages to lucidly discuss complex issues in her popular essay collections. Next year I’m hoping to read more of her long form work.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
I’m hoping to eliminate my current pile of nonfiction books ahead of an anticipated move at the start of next year, while also coming across great nonfiction recommendations for the fall and winter months. More than that, though, I’m looking forward to discussing nonfiction titles with other bloggers!
Are you planning on participating in Nonfiction November, or have you recently read any nonfiction that you enjoyed? What are some of your favorite nonfiction books?