Monday, October 31, 2016

Nonfiction November!

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I'm so looking forward to participating with Nonfiction November this year. This event is hosted by the 5 lovely bloggers listed above. I'll be posting every week in November about a different nonfiction topic. I can't wait to get lots of new reading ideas throughout the month. Here we go with week one, hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey.

Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions:

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? 

This is ridiculously hard to answer. If I have to say just one book, then it's A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic's Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by Kevin Hazzard.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? 

I finally got around to reading Ruth Reichl this year! Her book Garlic and Sapphires is by far the nonfiction book I've most frequently recommended to anyone who will listen.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? 

I'm wanting to read more science nonfiction this year, as well as more history. When it comes to nonfiction, I tend to read mostly memoirs, and I'd like to branch out.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

I'm hoping to continue to foster my love of great nonfiction, discover some fellow nonfiction bloggers,  and get some ideas of what other folks like me are loving to read. 


 

16 comments:

Debbie Rodgers said...

Garlic and Sapphires looks great. I've added it to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation!

I also want to read more history: I haven't really had any yet this year. :-(

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Debbie - One of my favorite histories I read this year was Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard. It was amazing and far exceeded my expectations.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

Well, your most recommended book of the year fits perfectly with my "nonfiction I want to read more of" - thanks for the recommendation!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Sarah- Awesome! I know you'll love it :)

Lory said...

I read a lot of memoirs, too, and I love them but it would be good to branch out. I learned a lot about forensic science and chemistry from reading The Poisoner's Handbook this year, so I can recommend that one.

julzreads.com said...

Science: Mary Roach & The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
History: Robert K. Massie and Erik Larson

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Lory - yes! I've been wanting to read Poisoner's Handbook since Doing Dewey had a group read of it last month.

julzreads - love Mary Roach! And I've read Immortal Life as well. Will definitely have to check out Robert Massie. Thanks for the suggestions.

JoAnn said...

Just added Garlic and Sapphires to my wish list... I love foodie nonfiction! A Thousand Naked Strangers sound alike my kind of book, too. For science nonfiction, The Philadelphia Chromosome was excellent on audio. It got a little technical in spots, so I haven't recommended it much, but I couldn't believe how it kept me on the edge of my seat.

RR Gilmore said...

If you like memoirs, but want to get into science writing, I HIGHLY recommend Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard Feynman worked on the Manhattan Project and won a Nobel prize, but he's also hilarious.

(Also, I also read Garlic and Sapphires this year and I liked it ... but haven't been recommending it very much! I'm more likely to recommend Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver.)

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

RR Gilmore- Thanks for the Feynman recommendation - I'll be sure to add it to my reading list!

Amanda @ Gun in Act One said...

I need so much more reading time! A Thousand Naked Strangers has been on my list - I need to see if my library has it. I need more history in my nonfiction next year as well.

looloolooweez said...

I'm also aiming to read more in the way of science nonfic! I usually love it but I don't feel like I actually read enough of it. And both 'A Thousand Naked Strangers' and 'Garlic and Sapphires' sound super interesting.

Ellie Warren said...

A Thousand Naked Strangers sounds interesting, I've read Blood, Sweat and Tea and Paramedico which were both fascinating. It's good to see how being a paramedic differs around the world.

B.B. Toady said...

Typically a reluctant nonfiction reader here, trying to expand my horizons. I have enjoyed the few nonfiction books that I have read, and like you, would like to read more history.

Hibernators Library said...

A Thousand Naked Strangers sounds intriguing. I was taking an EMT certification class a while back and looking for books on that subject. Never heard of that one.

Catherine Gilmore said...

And so the increase to my TRB list begins! A Thousand Naked Strangers sounds like the narrative kind of nonfiction that works for me. Thanks for the recommendation!

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