Nonfiction November Week One: A Year in Nonfiction

Thanks to the awesome Rennie over at What’s Nonfiction?, I discovered that this month marks Nonfiction November—a celebration of all those totally true and fact-filled books out there. Technically, Week One was last week, so I’ll have two separate posts this week while I play catch up. But hey, that means if I can start late, so can you! If you’re not currently participating and you’d like to, head over to this announcement for a list of future topics and share in all the nonfiction bookish love.

Week One’s question comes from Julie at Julz Reads:

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

This past year has been amazing for nonfiction titles. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m just stumbling across more titles that I click with or if the publishing industry is catering more to my likes—that’s pure hubris talking—but I’ve consistently found new favorites throughout the year.

I read fairly broadly, but when it comes to nonfiction, I consistently run into a few of the same topics: theatre, food, LGBTQIA+ issues, true crime, and politics. Although I don’t review a lot of political books here, they make up the bulk of my nonfiction reading. And that’s certainly true this year. Over the past few U.S. Presidential Election cycles, I’ve made it a goal to read every memoir and autobiography written by the major candidates and … well, this year might break me considering how many people are running.

While it’s hard for me to land on a specific favorite—or even just one I’d recommend over the others—here are some of the titles I’ve loved so far:

What about you? What have been some of your favorite nonfiction reads this year?


  1. I’m glad you’ve had such a great year in nonfiction reading! It really is a good one when your preferences align with popular publishing trends. You convinced me to read The Perfect Predator and it was one of my favorites this year, and I’m hoping to get to Save Me the Plums before the year’s out too. Indecent Advances and Belfast Diary sound really interesting.

    As soon as I read this: “Over the past few U.S. Presidential Election cycles, I’ve made it a goal to read every memoir and autobiography written by the major candidates” before getting to the last bit of that sentence, I was thinking how difficult this current election cycle must be for you, lolol. But I really admire you for doing that. During debates many of them barely get air time, at least in their books you can get a better idea of who they are and their values and ideas.

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    1. I was so excited to jump into Nonfiction November because it feels as though you and I have been swapping so many great nonfiction reads all year—I’ve been looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been reading. It’s been practically an embarrassment of riches this year.

      So this is my third election cycle trying to do this, and I can remember thinking there were too many candidates in 2016. Little did I know! Most books in this realm aren’t particularly good, but they’re the most we get to hear from some of these candidates.

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      1. I know, we’ve had so many good ones to talk about!! I loved finding your blog because you really find such interesting titles that I don’t hear about anywhere else and the way you describe them immediately lets me know whether it’s going to be for me or not. Always excited to read your posts 🙂

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      2. You are too kind! But it’s exactly how I feel about your blog as well. Whether I end up liking a book or not, I know I’m going to enjoy reading your review of it.

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  2. My most favorite has got to be the one I just read, In Pieces by Sally Field.

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    1. Oh, I haven’t read that yet, but I keep hearing great things about it!


  3. lghiggins says:

    I am pretty jaded when it comes to politicians. I guess we all publicly try to put forward what we want people to see in us, but I wonder, when it applies to politicians, how much of autobiographies and memoirs are genuinely nonfiction. How much is just P.R. work to get them elected or further an agenda?

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    1. I am with you 100% on this. Even assuming a political memoir is mostly truthful, since the majority of politicians employ a ghostwriter, there’s always a polish over everything. I think I’m so interested in reading them because I’m curious about what image they want to portray—even if it is manufactured.

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      1. lghiggins says:

        Good perspective. I hadn’t thought about it quite that way!

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