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:
- 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
- Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life by John Conroy
- Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement by David K. Johnson
- Indecent Advances: The Hidden History of Murder and Masculinity Before Stonewall by James Polchin
- The League of Wives by Heath Hardage Lee
- Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
- The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara
- The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson
- The Scottish Parliament in its Own Words: An Oral History edited by Thomas A.W. Stewart
- When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan
What about you? What have been some of your favorite nonfiction reads this year?