Thanks to Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness for hosting this week! So my sister is the one who told me about Nonfiction November, she led our posting last year and then this year she’s informed me that she’s too busy watching Orphan Black to get in on Week 1 – to which I say, excellent life choice seestra. Maybe there’s a nonfiction book about cloning that she can pick-up though?
When I look at my year in nonfiction and compare it to some others I am woefully behind, but I’m ok with that. I feel more conscious of trying to pick up good nonfiction than I have before and I am super excited about some of the books I want to try to read this month.
What was your favorite non-fiction book of the year?
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon. I found this book completely fascinating and I cannot recommend it enough. And it doubles as an arm work-out if you get the hardcover!
Other highlights for me were Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America and Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster. I have high hopes for Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – I mean honestly, RBG is a total badass so this book has to be amazing. Update – it made me laugh and cry on the train this morning.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
For a lighter nonfiction I’ve recommended Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby. I have also talked a lot about Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott I think – so interesting! As an aside, my husband says Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden is his top pick – an interesting one for sure!
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
I am a lot faster at picking up new fiction titles obviously than nonfiction, partially because I read nonfiction much more slowly. But I love learning about new titles that are out or older ones that I’ve missed so I can build my reading list. I love finding new books that will teach me or finding a chance to push the topics that fascinate me onto others!
Are you having a Nonfiction November? What’s on your list?