I wasn’t going to join in because my reading year has been skittish, let alone the low number of nonfiction I’ve read this year. I typically don’t read much nonfiction and since I had so much academia this year, I was a bit burned out. But last year I loved this and hope to pick up some nonfiction reads this month.
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
After looking over my slim list, I will have to go with Make Someone Happy by Elizabeth Berg. Staying off of social media has been a must for me given the stress it creates in my being. But Berg’s Facebook page of uplifting, humorous and touching essays is something I miss. She compiled fan favorites in this little book and it’s a fabulous gift this holiday season. Or during the election. Birthdays. Anytime, really.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
It’s been Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed for many years but I’m still recommending The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, which I read many, many years ago. I haven’t read a memoir since that left such a mark.
What one topic or type of nonfiction would you like to read more of?
No idea. Maybe history. The nonfiction I do end up picking up is always of interest.
What are you hoping to get out of Nonfiction November?
To read more nonfiction books, of course. Especially the ones I’ve put aside this year. Namely:
- Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein
- The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
- Shirley Jackson by Ruth Franklin
Wish me luck!