#nonficnov: My year in nonfiction



Almost forgot all about Nonfiction November! You can find all the details here

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions –

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?


I read more nonfiction than I thought I did – 24 books! And a good number of them were audiobooks, which is very unusual for me. It’s hard to pick just one!

I loved listening to As you wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride that was just an absolute treat for the ears! Bluets by Maggie Nelson was, at 113 pages, so short but so beautiful. And The Song Poet

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?


The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang, a Hmong American writer, is a book that more people should read. First of all, the story of her father and his family struggling to survive, having to flee their village is moving, emotional. Their stay in a refugee camp in Thailand, where Yang was born, was painful. But it was even harder to read about their life in America, where they work day and night to make a new life for their family in this strange new land. 

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

Science-related nonfiction!

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

More recommendations please!


  1. Wow, I didn’t realize that Cary Elwes did his own reading for the audiobook — I bet it’s super awesome.

    I’m also looking for more science nonfiction. But in case you haven’t read these yet, I recommend: ‘The invention of science’ by David Wootton or ‘Voyage of the Beagle’ by Charles Darwin.


  2. Ooh, can I recommend Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are for a science nonfiction read? I read it earlier in this year and learned a ton from it. Also, Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction has been on my list for quite some time — I read an excerpt from it in the Best American Science and Nature Writing (always a fun read) and thought it was just great.


  3. I missed your rec of The Song Poet previously, but I’m very keen to read it now. Thanks! And good luck with your non-fiction reading for this event (and onwards)!


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