Holly – Amanda and I started blogging last November, which is also when I started paying attention to other book blogs. One of the first things that caught my eye was Nonfiction November, which struck me as a great idea. I wasn’t together enough to post anything, but I’ve been looking forward to Nonfiction November 2014! There are no rules or requirements, just four weeks of nonfiction related posts and discussion. You can read about the details here. Anyway, I talked Amanda into participating with me, so here we are to answer the Week One questions!
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Holly – I have not read a nonfiction that completely wowed me this year, like Devil in the White City or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. My favorite that I’ve read this year is a set then – I read A History of the Wife (quite enjoyed this one), All There Is (lovely stories), and Against Love (don’t read this one) and wrote a Reading about Marriage post. Totally dorky…but Jeff still married me.
Amanda – Bad Feminist which I reviewed here. I won’t repeat myself but this was amazing and everyone should read it!
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Holly – Tiny Beautiful Things! A thousand times yes. Cheryl Strayed’s words are amazing here. Though, to be honest, Wild didn’t really do it for me.
Amanda – Unbroken hands down. This book was so moving and Louis Zamperini was totally inspiring. I had such an emotional experience reading the book that I don’t think I can see the movie. I’m also reading the Birth of the Pill right now and I have a feeling I’m going to be pushing that on everyone I know.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
Holly – Looking at my to-read list, I have a couple books about the Borgias on there! I do have a lifelong love/obsession with Henry VIII, but watching the Showtime show about the Borgia family opened my eyes to another family with layers upon layers of drama to explore.
Amanda – This is hard for me, I don’t read a ton of nonfiction, but I try to pick one excellent book at a time and become completely obsessed with that topic. My poor husband has to then listen to me spout off facts for the length of each book. I would like to read more recent American history I think and I cannot get enough of the Tudors.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Holly – I am hoping for some good recommendations, and also for the push to read more NF in November and into 2015. Sometimes NF just doesn’t get the same love as reading novels, but I definitely enjoy reading good nonfiction just as much (if not more) than fiction!
Amanda – Same as my sister! I am always looking for more book recommendations.