Monday, 26 October 2015

Nonfiction November!

You may have seen that a couple of weeks ago I posted about the Nonfiction Book Swap I'm organising to coincide with Nonfiction November, but I realised I never actually posted about Nonfiction November itself which is a definite oversight. 

Nonfiction November 2015

I've been excited about Nonfiction November since the last event ended, pretty much. Hosted by Kim, Leslie, Katie and Becca it's a month long event dedicated to nonfiction. Reading it, blogging about it, recommending it. Last year I got a ridiculous amount of great recommendations and discovered some amazing new blogs through it plus got a couple of great books via the first swap I ran! 

Each Monday there will be a post to link up your discussion topic blogs and/or reviews or any other nonfiction related posts on that weeks hosts blog. If you're interested, here are the weekly topics:

Week 1: November 2 to 6 (Hosted by Kim)
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? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Week 2: November 9 to 13 (Hosted by Leslie)

Book Pairing: Match a fiction book with a nonfiction book that you would recommend.

Week 3: November 16 to 20 (Hosted by Becca)

Nontraditional Nonfiction: This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats.  We want to hear all about it this week!  

i am malalaWeek 4: November 23 to 27 (Hosted by Katie)

Readalong Discussion: This week we’ll be wrapping up Nonfiction November with a discussion of our read-along book, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. Discussion questions will be posted at the beginning of the week on November 23. In your post, you can answer these questions and/or write about your own response to the book. As you read throughout the month, you can share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #NonficNov.

I already started reading I Am Malala because it came into the library and I couldn't resist and it is just so great If you've been on the fence about whether to join in with the readalong you absolutely should. 
Of course I have to also post a few titles I'm hoping to get to during the month, because I always need a list so that I can completely change my mind and only read a million library holds instead.... Here are some books I already own and want to get to 
Image result for quiet susan cainQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
People have been talking about this for years and my friend Rachelle bought it for my for my birthday because she's amazing (she also bought a copy for herself, because she's that kind of friend. The awesome kind) and now I absolutely have to read it. I'm going to start with it, for sure. 
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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham 
Lots of people liked this, lots of other people hated it. I know nothing about Lena Dunham but it's safe to say that I'm fairly curious...
Image result for the devil in the white cityThe Devil in the White City by Erik Larson 
Nahree sent this to me in the Ninja Swap package that's basically responsible for our friendship and I still haven't read it. In fairness this is partly because my sister currently has it, but providing I can get it back from her in time I do want to get to this one. It's about architecture and murder, obvious companions?

Image result for yes please amy poehlerYes Please by Amy Poehler
A book I've heard basically nothing bad about and another I received in a Ninja Swap parcel (well done Ninja Swap people). I read Tina Fey's Bossypants a while back and it seems wrong that I own this and haven't read it yet. 
Image result for one summer americaOne summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson
I put this on my list of books to read this autumn because it seems wrong that I have unread Bill Bryson and because it genuinely sounds fascinating. Hmmm, maybe I'll start with this instead... 

Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Image result for displacement lucy knisleyBecause it would feel wrong not to have any graphic nonfiction on this list, and because Charlotte bought me this for my birthday and it's silly that I haven't read it yet. Lucy Knisley rocks. 
I have about thirty other things I could read instead but these are the ones that immediately jump out at me. I'm also going to be posting about my favourite nonfiction titles during the month so look out for that!
If you want to take part in the nonfiction book swap you have until November 8th to sign up. It's open internationally and you don't have to be taking part in Nonfiction November to join in, although if you're not, why not??


  1. I love the idea of nonfiction November! I have a whole shelf of unread nonfiction so I definitely want to participate. And I can strongly recommend both Quiet and One Summer: America 1927. Quiet was a book group selection at my library branch and everyone loved it. It still resonates with me.

    1. Oh thanks so much! Glad to have a recommendation for the Bill Bryson - I assumed it would be good because it's him but nice to hear someone else say so! Yay I'll look forward to chatting with you more during the event :-)