Nonfiction November I

Well, I'm already late to the party, but why not participate anyway?  This week's question, hosted by Kate of Doing Dewey is:

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?

 First I had to look back and see what nonfiction I've read this year.  I thought it wasn't very much and that I'd been doing a lot of fiction.  While I think I really have read less nonfiction this year, there has still been plenty.  I read travel, history, art, language, home organization, and literary criticism, and right now I'm reading about the needs of preschoolers.  So I've got plenty to talk about!

Favorite nonfiction read of the year: This is a very tough question.  I adored The Art of Dress; it pushed every happy button I've got.  History!  Fabric!  So did Home Fires, about the Women's Institute in WWII.  I love those topics.  But Up From Slavery was truly inspiring, and so was Man's Search for Meaning

Nonfiction book I have recommended the most: That would be either The Art of Dress again or The Broken Road, the third in a travel trilogy. 

A topic I haven't read enough about yet: history!  I have several massive history tomes on my shelf, including The Cold War and Gulag, that I haven't yet gotten to.  This has been a very Russia/Cold War year for me; I've read two Gorky memoirs, Escape From the Soviets, and Revolutionary Days, among others.

What do I want out of this event: Inspiration to read more, and recommendations (since my TBR isn't huge enough, ha).


  1. I want to reread Man's Search for Meaning, since the first time was when I was a callow and ignorant high school student. I'm going to revise my Classics Club list in the new year and that will be on it.

  2. Is there even such a thing as reading enough about history? If I read nothing but history books all year, I still wouldn't feel like I'd read enough of it! That said, I absolutely haven't read enough history this year. I want to do better next year!


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