Nonfiction November Week 1

Nonfiction NovemberNonfiction November looks like a fun event to participate in, plus it gives me an incentive to keep writing, so count me in. Here is this week’s discussion prompt:

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?

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Definitely Contemplating the Trinity by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa. Not only was it one of my favorite nonfiction books, it was one of my overall favorites this year. It was also invaluable to me as I was writing my homily for Trinity Sunday.

What nonfiction books have you recommended the most?

Three books that I am constantly telling people about are Making Sense Out of Suffering by Peter Kreeft, The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly and Challenge: A Daily Meditation Program Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius by Mark Link, SJ. All three are life-changing books and are worth reading and rereading.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

I earned an undergraduate history degree once upon a time, but I haven’t read much history since then. Some of the history books languishing in my Kindle library include The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin, Life in a Medieval Castle by Joseph and Frances Gies, and Nelson: The Essential Hero by Ernle Bradford.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

I’m hoping it will keep me writing about books and help me to meet and connect with more book bloggers.

Deacon Nick

Nick Senger is a husband, a father of four, and a Catholic school teacher, vice principal and technology coordinator. He taught junior high literature and writing for over 25 years, and has been a Catholic school educator since 1990. In 2001 he was named a Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association.

8 Responses

  1. N@ncy says:

    Great variety of books here…and I love history. I read The Prince and Discourses on Livy by Machiavelli this year. The titles sounds ‘stuffy’ but both were excellent! I listened to an audio course on Machiavelli…then read the book. Machiavelli is timeless….he could be a campaign advisor for the US elections!

    • Deacon Nick says:

      Thanks for the comment! The Prince has been on my to-read list for quite some time. I think it might be time to finally read it.

      • N@ncy says:

        …you will not be disappointed! I had fun envisioning current world leaders….as the ‘Princes’ Machiavelli was trying to advise! You’d be surprised….nothing has changed since 1519!

  2. looloolooweez says:

    Oh cool, the St Ignatius meditations book looks especially interesting. Since you’re looking for history books, you might enjoy ‘The book: A cover-to-cover exploration of the most powerful object of our time’ by Keith Houston.

  3. The Rhythm of Life looks especially good to me… thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  4. DoingDewey says:

    History nonfiction is one of my favorite subgenres. I hope you’re all to get to some on your to-read list in the new year 🙂

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