October is rolling along, so that means one of my favorite bookish events of the year is right around the corner: Nonfiction November. Yes, that special month dedicated to all the great nonfiction books we’ve been devouring since last year is back. And after participating in these past couple of cycles, I’m thrilled to announce I’ve been asked to join this year as a host.
Part of what has me so excited about this year is the amazing group of book lovers I’m lucky to be joining, including Katie (Doing Dewey), Veronica (The Thousand Book Project), Jaymi (The OC Book Girl), and Rennie (What’s Nonfiction).
As always, Nonfiction November is open to all, so feel free to drop by every week, participate, and share some of your favorite nonfiction. Every Monday, a host will post their prompt along with a link-up. Plus, Jaymi is running a month-long celebration on Instragram (more on that in a minute) and she’s provided us with some fantastic graphics to share with your posts. So come be social with us!
The Official Schedule
Week 1 (November 1-5): Your Year in Nonfiction with Rennie at What’s 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? 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?
Week 2 (November 8-12): Book Pairing with Katie at Doing Dewey
This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
Week 3 (November 15-19): Be The Expert/ Ask the Expert/ Become the Expert with Veronica at The Thousand Book Project
Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
Week 4 (November 22-26): Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the Stacks
This week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that almost don’t seem real. A sports biography involving overcoming massive obstacles, a profile on a bizarre scam, a look into the natural wonders in our world—basically, if it makes your jaw drop, you can highlight it for this week’s topic.
Week 5 (November 29-December 3): New to My TBR Jaymi at The OC Book Girl
It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!
Instagram Nonfiction Book Party
Photo Challenge and Giveaway
As I mentioned above, we’re excited to carry this celebration over to Instagram, where Jaymi will be taking the lead. She has giveaways, challenges, and a whole host of other fun things planned, so check out her Instagram (@theocbookgirl) for more details. And make sure to use #nonfictionbookparty to keep up with all the fun.
Here’s a a peak at the calendar for the photo challenges popping up over there this year:
So those are the basics. I hope you all will consider participating—I promise it’s a very low stress event. After all, what’s the point in reading if it feels like work?
If you do feel like joining in on the festivities, feel free to spread the word. We’d love to have as many of you as possible to chat with about our favorite reads. Hope to see you all next month!