Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Nonfiction November | My Year in Nonfiction... So Far


Last year one of my favourite bookish events here in the blogging community was Nonfiction November; it was my first time taking part but I quickly fell in love with it, for many reasons. Concluding the month, I just knew I had to take part again next year... And here we are!

This year I will be taking part in the weekly post prompts (on a Wednesday), as well as posting reading record posts each week (on a Monday). My intention for the month of November is to work through some of the unread nonfiction titles currently sitting on my shelves, and to read more nonfiction books within the month than fiction.

For those unfamiliar, the weekly post prompts are linky style, and hosted by one of the five hosts of the event. You can see the host of this week's prompt written below, and all five hosts linked at the end of this post.

WEEK 1
YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION hosted by JulzReads
Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions - What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you've been attracted to more this 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?

All the nonfiction books I've read so far this year (+ Goodreads links)


Going into the year, I had hopes of reading at least one nonfiction book a month - aside from the month of May when I set myself a challenge to read only from my unread middle grade books - and I have successfully achieved that. 

I've read some wonderful nonfiction this year - books about books (The Enchanted Hour + Why You Should Read Children's Books...), books with heart & strength (The Choice + No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference), books with lifestyle at the centre (The Minimalist Home) and books that have stirred wanderlust (Trekking Beyond + Around the World in 80 Trains + Tip of the Iceberg). I have enjoyed each and every one of the nonfiction titles I've completed so far this year.

There is one stand out book within the list of sixteen that I not only connected with the most, but would recommend the most - The Wild Remedy: How Nature Heals Us - A Diary by Emma Mitchell. You know those books that just speak to you on a different level, and you can relate to in many ways, The Wild Remedy has been that for me this year.

One area of nonfiction I do wish I had made time for this year is the topic of witches, witch hunts in the UK, and also the Salem witch trails. I have actually read a couple of fictional books surrounding these topics this year, but I haven't read any nonfiction. 

So that pretty much concludes my year in nonfiction so far. I don't have a specific TBR for the coming month of November, however I do have a significant stack of unread books already on my bookshelves that I'd like to make my way through. 

I've already shared my intentions for Nonfiction November above, but I would also like to add to that I am looking forward to meeting some new to me bloggers (I met so many last year!) & building my nonfiction wishlist.

To you all, happy reading this month!
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NONFICTION NOVEMBER HOSTS
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  1. Good luck! I’m going to read nonfiction in November, but I’m not participating in any of the readathons/challenges. I just need motivation to finish all the nonfiction on my shelf.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. A collective of people all pushing & praising nonfiction should be good motivation!

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  2. My goal for nonfiction was reading one book a month too. I'm at 11 right now and working on my 12th. I will add The Wild Remedy to my TBR.

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  3. Lovely post. I like the sound of a few you mentioned. Come see my list if you have time.
    Happy Reading!

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    1. Thank you - and I've checked out your introduction post also.

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  4. I love that you've read on so many different topics! Tip of the Iceberg sounds really interesting.

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    1. I would definitely recommend Tip of the Iceberg.

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  5. I see another Erling Kagge book on your list this year!
    Last year you recommended his book "Silence: In the Age of Noise"
    Both books resonate to me more so than ever. I was unable to walk due to hip pain. Now, having had hip replacement 2 weeks ago.. I am eager to get outside and enjoy the silence and walking with Kagge! Your 2019 top book... "The Wild Remedy: How Nature Heals Us"...is also on my TBR!

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    1. Yes, I did - well remembered! I hope you are recovering well from your hip replacement. Take care.

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  6. I've had Arctic Dreams on and off my list for a long time, but now it is back on. Sadly, Why You Should Read Children's Books does not seem to be available here in the US yet; I'll keep looking for it and maybe it will show up. Thank you for your recommendations.

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    1. Arctic Dreams was definitely a slower read for me with regards to nonfiction (a lot is covered within the book), however I did still enjoy & would recommend.

      Oh really?! I hope it is available soon. It is only a small short little book, but an interesting read. I know you read a lot of children's books also, so think you would like it.

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  7. This is a very dangerous list for my own TBR! For sure I'll add The Wild Remedy. I also hope your nonfiction wishlist will increase this year

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  8. Ooo, witches. That's a subject that I would like to know more about too.

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    1. Right?! Hopefully I'll be able to pull some books together for next autumn.

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  9. I'm pretty sure I could read every book on your list! They all sound wonderful. I am definitely adding The Wild Remedy. I read the Nature Fix and I loved that - it sounds like it might be similar. :) And oo I love reading about witches!

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    1. Ooo.. I've just looked into The Nature Fix now and it sure sounds like my kind of book. I think it is similar to The Wild Remedy, however I think The Wild Remedy is more personal experience based... Obviously haven't read The Nature Fix so not 100% on that. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  10. Good luck! You knocked off some great reads on your list. I'm very interested in The Minimalist Home (and need it ;))

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    1. Haha - I think The Minimalist Home is great for someone looking who is looking to downsize & declutter, but is perhaps intimidated by it.

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  11. Just about every single one of these books sound appealing - you've had a great nonfiction reading year! I think I'll start with The Wild Remedy. Thanks for the recommendations.

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    1. I really have, JoAnn.

      If & when you do get round to The Wild Remedy, I hope you enjoy.

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  12. That's a superb list! I'm intrigued by The Path Made Clear... I think it's calling to me.

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    1. The Path Made Clear wasn't quite what I was expected, but I still found it contributed to my wants & needs from it - if that makes sense!

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  13. An interesting mix, thanks for sharing your recommendations.

    Please stop by to read about my plans for NonFicNov

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    1. I enjoyed reading about your plans - good luck!!

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  14. I'm going to have to look into some of these! I have had a great year for nonfiction reading, my first year ever reading so many of them.

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    1. I saw your post; it was a pretty impressive stack of nonfiction titles!

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  15. I love reading books about books, too, which is why I'm adding "Why You Should Read Children's Books" to my tbr list right now. ;)

    I'm so excited to discover Nonfiction November this year for the first time! I am enjoying connecting with other bloggers who love nonfiction as much as I do.

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    1. The connections & community are one of my favourite things about Nonfiction November - great to hear you're enjoying it so far.

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  16. Sounds like a nice variety of books you've read and some good plans. My aim was to find new bloggers to connect with as I don't follow many people who read non-fiction, and I'm certainly managing that!

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    1. I'm sure you've been inundated with new nonfiction reading bloggers! The community surrounding nonfiction November is a lot of fun.

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  17. Oh yay! I'm glad you decided to join in again this year :) Nice job meeting your nonfiction goals for the year.

    I'm guessing someone has already recommended this to you, but I have to suggest The Witches by Stacy Schiff. I love her historical nonfiction :)

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation - that title is on my wishlist already but great to hear you enjoyed it also.

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