Non-Fiction November is hosted by Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), Katie (Doing Dewey), Leslie (Regular Rumination), and Becca (I’m Lost in Books), and the topic for the first week is “My Year in Non-Fiction.”
I’ve read only six non-fiction books so far this year, which is not a great number but about average for me. They are:
- Found Meals of the Lost Generation: Recipes and Anecdotes from 1920’s Paris by Suzanne Rodriguez-Hunter (my review)
- In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (my review)
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (my review)
- A Card from Angela Carter by Susannah Clapp (my review)
- An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
- The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi (my review)
What was your favorite non-fiction read of the year?
Of the six books listed above, my two favorites are Unbroken and In the Garden of Beasts. Both Laura Hillenbrand and Erik Larson are successful non-fiction writers, so I don’t think I have to convince you to read their books.
What non-fiction book have you recommended the most?
The three books I’ve recommended most are actually ones I’ve read in 2013: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman (my review).
What is one topic or type of non-fiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
When it comes to non-fiction, I try to read very widely and I would have a hard time narrowing down the field to one topic. But judging by the unread books on my shelves, it seems like I am looking to read more biographies.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Non-Fiction November?
I’m hoping to get introduced to books I haven’t yet heard about. It’s not like I need more books on my TBR pile, but I have no problem adding to my list.