Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Nonfiction November | Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction


Throughout the month of November I'm taking part in the bookish event of Nonfiction November - a month dedicated to, and encouraging the reading of, nonfiction titles.

There are a number of content creators who host events surrounding this initiative to promote nonfiction in the month of November, and I'm combining (& taking part in) two. One of which is hosted on YouTube by booktuber abookolive - I have compiled my TBR using her challenges. Secondly, I'm taking part in an event hosted here in the book blogging community by five wonderful bloggers - Katie at Doing DeweyRennie at What's Nonfiction?Julie at JulzReadsKim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves. Each week I'll be sharing a new post that relates to the topic of nonfiction books, with post prompts being provided by the five bloggers I've mentioned above.

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Reads Like Fiction hosted by Rennie at What's Nonfiction?

When I initially saw the prompt for this week, I started to think about nonfiction titles I'd read that were memoirs and such, perhaps life tales that you could only quite believe (or even want to believe) were works of fiction... I'm sure we've all read one such book. However, in the end I settled on sharing a collection of four books that are presented as a series with each one taking a look at one of the four seasons experienced. More specifically, they take a look at the self titled season, with essays written by various people sharing their own personal experiences of said season. The books highlight nature writing, and take a look at the many ways in which a given season presents itself in the United Kingdom.

Of course nature is a very real thing - the world we live in, the seasons we experience; it is all real. The reason I'm sharing this Wildlife Trust seasonal series as nonfiction that reads as fiction is the fact that when living day to day life, many of us plough on through a day without looking at the small details and truly immersing ourselves in the beauty of our world - with all that goes on around the world on a daily basis, is it easily done, to focus on the negatives and not seeing the beauty. But that's what this series has done for me, it has taken me outside the world I live in - being from the UK, even specific places I've been and visited - and seen it from a different view point. A perspective where there is still magic, and beauty and good in the world, if only we hone our senses a little bit more. 

Personally, I read fiction to step outside my own world confines; to travel, explore, and experience in ways I don't in my own everyday life. This seasonal series (worth noting I have yet to read the Winter anthology) has taken me away and allowed me to do that... But it has also put into perspective that this is also my world, my seasons, my great outdoors.

I hope I've articulated well why I recommend this nonfiction as reading like fiction, but also would recommend this series as a whole to anyone who enjoys nature writing, and more specifically nature & wildlife in the UK. The book encompasses many nooks and crannies across the country, featuring some truly magnificent writing on the changing of seasons.

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18 comments

  1. Nice angle on the topic! Fiction can help awaken us to the hidden beauty in our lives, and so can nature writing. These look lovely.

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  2. Those covers are so pretty! The books sound pretty good, too. I love nature writing.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. The covers are beautiful!! Although... I do wish they all had the same base colour, with the Winter one looking a bit 'off' stacked with the others.

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  3. Interesting. The reason you gave for reading fiction is part of my reason for reading nonfiction. I'd rather be immerse in another world or life that really happened or is really there than a fictional world.

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    1. I also read nonfiction for a similar reason, Kathleen - I think sometimes it is good to escape into a fictional world also :-)

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  4. I like nature writing and books that help me slow down and appreciate the natural world! I like th sound of these.

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  5. I'm not a huge nonfiction reader, but I do like it when it reads like fiction. These collections of essays sound really interesting!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I've found essays to be great for those who aren't big nonfiction readers as a beginning starter point... You can fall into them easier than a big old book.

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  6. I love nature writing. I think I shall look for these.

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  7. I love this take on the topic, and the books you've suggested! I bought an essay collection awhile back that was similar -- 52 essays on living in the midwest, written to connect with various seasons of the year. I thought it was really charming.

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    1. Thank you! And the book you've mentioned does sound pretty similar, and just as interesting as these one. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. I love your perspective on this one! This series sounds so interesting. Nature writing is one area that seems to be hit or miss for me, books either become major favorites or else I feel like I'm missing something. These sound worth checking out.

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    1. Thank you! I can see how nature writing would be hit or miss - but glad you've found some favourites within that area also.

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  9. I keep buying these, but then not reading them! I’m glad to hear a bit more of why you like them. I think I might need to give up on the fall collection til next year and aim to pick up winter — it’s not actual winter yet, but it’s feeling like it, so maybe I’ll even pick it up early to make sure I actually do!

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    1. Haha - starting early sounds like a plan! I'll be picking up my winter edition sometime next week I expect; spreading them throughout the season definitely makes it easier to finish. I hope you enjoy!

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