Nonfiction November 2017 Begins
My favorite reading event from last year, Nonfiction November, is back! Nonfiction November was my very first online reading event, and it was a terrific experience. It helped reignite my excitement for blogging and it connected me with several terrific book bloggers. I can’t wait to see what new discoveries are in store this year.
The topic for this first week is Your Year in Nonfiction, so here we go…
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?
Well, after looking back it’s interesting that I only read three nonfiction books this year:
- The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
- Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity by Ray Bradbury
- Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis by Mark Shriver
I think I read so few nonfiction books this year because this was the first year I participated in any reading challenges, and I didn’t put any nonfiction books on any of the challenges. I’m actually surprised I ready any nonfiction books, because that meant straying from my hyper-organized list of books to read. So three nonfiction books is pretty good.
I’ve already started looking at next year and I’m definitely going to add nonfiction to my list of books to read. Thanks to last year’s Nonfiction November I already have some great titles to add like The Book: A Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeff Toobin, and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. I hope to add some more titles to that list after Nonfiction November is over this year. But, wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. On to the questions for this week…
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
This one is easy. Hands down, this was The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos. In fact, this book is in the running for my favorite book of the year. I taught Les Misérables to eighth graders for over twenty years, and I wish I would have had this book as a resource. It was everything I wanted the book to be and more. I could go on and on about how great this book is, but instead I’ll point you to my review of the book written several months ago.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
One book that I’m always recommending is the spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, translated by John Beevers. It’s short, it’s powerful, it’s a book everyone needs to read slowly, savoring every word.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
One type of nonfiction I could never read enough of is spiritual memoirs. I love St. Augustine’s Confessions, St. John XXIII’s Journal of a Soul, and Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
More books recommendations and more connections with book-minded people, along with motivation to keep writing about books.