Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nonfiction November

I wasn't sure if I'd be participating in Nonfiction November because I am kind of mostly reading fiction for the rest of the year, which bums me out. But I love nonfiction so I don't want to not participate. And then I counted and I have read more nonfiction than fiction, and I still will have 2 nonfiction books left, so maybe I can move them both to November. Because I love Nonfiction. Nonfiction is truth. Nonfiction is real. And nonfiction is fascinating. Truth is often stranger than fiction, so you don't have to look far for an interesting story. I've read 46 nonfiction books so far this year out of 91.

This week Nonfiction November is sponsored by Sophisticated Dorkiness.

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. I wanted to read this book in giant gulps and I wanted it to last forever. Cheryl gives excellent advice and even in a problem that isn't pertinent to you at this time, there are still nuggets of beauty and brilliance.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? 
Easy, this year it would be Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion. It really spoke to me and inspired me.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
I can never read enough memoir. But I don't think that's what this question is asking because I've read a lot of memoir this year. I want to read more feminist books. And while I already am reading a lot of history, I want to read more books about Native Americans. And I should read more essay collections--I pretty much always like those.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Well after participating in #15in31 and due to an overabundance of work, I am feeling a little readinged-out right now, which is terrible. I don't want that to turn into a reading slump, and since nonfiction is my love, so I want this to inspire me to read more, even though I'm currently reading a novel. Maybe I need to put it down and read another memoir to get my mojo back. I don't dislike it, but it's not grabbing me.


Brona said...

Tiny Beautiful Things is extraordinary isn't it? It puts things in perspective. Strayed's voice is so authentic and raw that you can't help but respect to what she says.

Kristen said...

I haven't gotten to either Tiny Beautiful Things or Phenomenal, both of which I own, of course!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

I actually haven't read as many memoirs this year as in the past. I think I got burned out on them a bit, but I still love stories from interesting lives. One great memoir I read this year was Blackout by Sarah Hepola.