Monday, October 28, 2019

Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction (So Far)

Nonfiction November is hosted this year by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction) — is a month-long celebration of everything nonfiction. Each week, they’ll be a different prompt and a different host looking at different ideas about reading and loving nonfiction.

Week 1 (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1)
Your Year in Nonfiction So Far (Hosted by Julie at Julz Reads)
Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite 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 are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

What have been my favorite reads so far this year?

Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner
Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

I've read 77 nonfiction books out of 339 books so far this year. 

I classified each book by themes and then charted the results.

Here's a list of all the nonfiction I've read since last Nonfiction November:
Barefoot Books World AtlasCrane, Nick
Incredible Dinosaur Facts(Dino-Sphere)Owen, Ruth
Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude JourneyJacobs, A.J.
The Whaleship Essex: The True Story of Moby DickFine, Jil
Birds, Beasts and Relatives(Corfu Trilogy #2)Durrell, Gerald
Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in ParisMah, Ann*
Butterflies in Room 6: See How They GrowArnold, Caroline
Deadly Spider Bite!Blake, Kevin
Sinister SavannahMerwin, E.*
Carlos Santana: Sound of the Heart, Song of the WorldGolio, Gary
I Look Up To... Ruth Bader GinsburgMembrino, Anna
Smithsonian Kids A Walk in the Forest: Wheel of Wonder Interactive Board BookGarnett, Jaye
American WolfBlakeslee, Nate
The Library BookOrlean, Susan*
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday LifeKabat-Zinn, Jon
The Cook's Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking SchoolTaylor, Marjorie
Yellowstone: A Journey through America's Wild HeartQuammen, David*
Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness LookoutConnors, Philip
Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-BeingBloom, Jessi
The Sound of Gravel: A MemoirWariner, Ruth*
A Yellowstone Savage: Life in Nature's WonderlandLohse, Joyce B.*
A Mile Above TexasSauceda, Jay B
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing ListMustich, James*
Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and HappinessLi, Qing
Bibliophile: An Illustrated MiscellanyMount, Jane*
How to BakeHollywood, Paul
The Genius of BirdsAckerman, Jennifer
Paul Hollywood's BreadHollywood, Paul
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading LifeBogel, Anne*
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret WorldWohlleben, Peter
The Silk Roads: A New History of the WorldFrankopan, Peter
The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of WildlifeCooke, Lucy
A Year in Paris: Season by Season in the City of LightBaxter, John
Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington's Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away; Young Readers EditionDunbar, Erica Armstrong
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in ProvenceVan Sickle, Keith*
I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a HeroMeltzer, Brad*
Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less StuffSmith, Myquillyn
Brown Girl DreamingWoodson, Jacqueline*
Something New: Tales from a Makeshift BrideKnisley, Lucy*
Butter Tea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan HimalayaDas, Britta
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate LivingChödrön, Pema
Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous Zen TempleNonomura, Kaoru
The Easy 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker CookbookPetersen, Karen Bellessa
We Inspire Me: Cultivate Your Creative Crew to Work, Play, and MakePippins, Andrea
The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the BorderCantú, Francisco
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty QuestionsLuiselli, Valeria
The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian MonksWard, Benedicta
Carter Reads the NewspaperHopkinson, Deborah*
Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault: Essays from the Grown-Up YearsGuisewite, Cathy
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our GenesRutherford, Adam
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to SurviveLand, Stephanie*
Eerie Parks and PlaygroundsMarkovics, Joyce
North American Pirates and Their Lost TreasuresJameson, W C
Surviving in SpaceLawrence, Ellen
Hildegard of Bingen: Scientist, Composer, Healer, and SaintDemi
Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult PeopleGoff, Bob
The Flavor Thesaurus: A Compendium of Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative CookSegnit, Niki
Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary WorldGoff, Bob
Zen: The Art of Simple LivingMasuno, Shunmyō
EssaysEmerson, Ralph Waldo
The Story of the Great British Bake OffSingh, Anita
North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of SpringBeehler, Bruce M.
Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others CollapseCarney, Timothy P.
Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of ContemptBrooks, Arthur C.
Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of AmericaFallows, James M.
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and BadKleon, Austin*
Wilderness EssaysMuir, John
The Forest for the TreesLerner, Betsy
Nanaville: Adventures in GrandparentingQuindlen, Anna
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get DiscoveredKleon, Austin*
Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of BodyBondy, Dianne
Fast Cakes: Easy Bakes in MinutesBerry, Mary
The Italian BakerField, Carol
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives RevealedGottlieb, Lori*
Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled BannerHartland, Jessie
Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the WorldGordinier, Jeff*
As They WereFisher, Mary Francis Kennedy
Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet MemoirReichl, Ruth
Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the LineGibney, Michael
The Four LovesLewis, C.S.
Brave the PageMonth, National Novel Writing
A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative MindfulnessSmit, Irene
Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine JohnsonJohnson, Katherine G.
A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and EnlightenmentHenaut, Stephane
Morningstar: Growing Up With BooksHood, Ann
Catfulness: A Cat's Guide to Achieving MindfulnessCat, A
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the WorldRaden, Aja*
The Barefoot Books Children of the WorldStrickland, Tessa And Depalma
Barefoot Books Solar SystemJankeliowitch, Anne
The Autobiography of Alice B. ToklasGertrude, Stein
Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry ShopsGreenspan, Dorie
Citizen: An American LyricRankine, Claudia
Why Read Moby-Dick?Philbrick, Nathaniel*
The Whale: A Love StoryBeauregard, Mark*
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the SeaHoare, Philip
Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome CreaturesPyenson, Nick
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship EssexPhilbrick, Nathaniel*
Karánkaway CountryBedichek, Roy
The Sea Mammal Alphabet BookPallotta, Jerry
G is for Golazo: The Ultimate Soccer AlphabetLittlejohn, James*
Secret Lives of the First LadiesO'Brien, Cormac
In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Million YearsElliott, David
The Crab Alphabet BookPallotta, Jerry
Florence Harding: The First Lady, The Jazz Age, And The Death Of America's Most Scandalous PresidentAnthony, Carl Sferrazza
Adventures with a Texas NaturalistBedichek, Roy
ShoutAnderson, Laurie Halse*
Animal SkinsHolland, Mary
Eiffel's Tower for Young PeopleJonnes, Jill
Skulls!Thornburgh, Blair*
The Forest in the TreesMcLennan, Connie*
Even Darkness Sings: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Finding Hope and Optimism in the Saddest Places on EarthCook, Thomas H.
Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual GuideKatz, Josh
Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for LifeWilson, Edward O.
Can You Hear the Trees Talking?: Discovering the Hidden Life of the ForestWohlleben, Peter
The Body: A Guide for OccupantsBryson, Bill
The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things ― Stories from Science and ObservationWohlleben, Peter

What nonfiction have you read and enjoyed this year? 


  1. I haven't read any of your favorites but have added several to my wish list. I'm off to see if our library has Alienated America.

  2. Second time I've seen Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. So maybe that's a sign that I should read. The other one in which I'm interested is Alienated America.

  3. I am definitely adding Bite Sized History of France to my list! (and maybe saving it for next year's Paris in July challenge!) I have Hidden Life of Trees sitting here looking at me, I need to get to it. Maybe this month? My brother just listened to it on audio and loved it. :)

  4. Wow, 77 nonfiction books? That’s impressive. I’m hoping to put a big dent in my nonfiction shelf next month. I have a whole bunch of books waiting for me.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. there are a few that look good to me. now i'm curious how many nonfiction i've read, which can't be a lot
    sherry @ fundinmental

  6. I'm adding Alienated America to my list right now!

  7. I forgot Bob Goff had a new book out. I need to add that to my list! What a great list and love those children's books too.

  8. I've only read about 14 nonfiction books this year, and several of them were CYBILS books--which is one reason I volunteer to judge that section every other year. I always enjoy it, but I so rarely prioritize NF over fiction. I just read Lab Girl at last weekend's read-a-thon and really liked it. Boots on the Ground is my favorite from the last CYBILS round.

  9. Alienated America looks fascinating! I have a thing for the Salem Witch Trials and this time of year is PERFECT for it - I'm finally getting around to reading The Witches by Stacey Schiff. :) LOVE It. Loved The Library Book by Susan Orlean. :) Thanks for the recs!

  10. A Bite-Sized History of France sounds like something I need to read - food and France are two of my favorite things!

  11. Oh, I've been eyeing The Hidden Life of Trees. I'm reading The Overstory now and it seems like such a good companion read. I love the idea of trees communicating.

  12. I also really enjoyed Maybe You Should Talk to Someone! I found every part of it engaging, including seeing the author as both patient and client.

  13. Kudos to you for all the nonfiction reads! I like how eclectic your picks are.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  14. Very interesting list! I've read a few--the French Eating one was good and Save Me the Plums and will likely add a few of your titles to my TBR. Enjoy the month!

  15. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone was one of my favorites, too. I've added Alienated America to my list!

  16. There is a Bill Bryson book out that I didn't know about? How did that even happen? Must fix this ASAP!

  17. You read so widely with regards to nonfiction - that's great. I'm going to be looking into a few of these titles you've shared a little further.

    Happy reading this November!

  18. You've read some great nonfiction this year and so many! I love that your topics are varied as well, but that you've really tapped into your interest in nature.

  19. You are the best! And I love those charts and lists!! The one on Trees is on my list. My post is here:

  20. Wow. You're like a walking library! Great post...

  21. Wow! That's a lot of nonfiction read this year. Love the bar graph.

  22. You have read an amazing amount of nonfiction this year! I think I've only read 9 (out of my 43). I've added a few of yours to my TBR list. Always nice to get recommendations this time of year!

  23. I love the chart, you have read some interesting nonfiction, I’m going to have to peruse your list further.

    Please stop by to see my Introduction to NonFicNov

  24. The Hidden Life of Trees added to my TBR!! I love trees! This sounds very interesting!

  25. Oooh, a categorized chart and a complete bibliography - a post to make a librarian proud. :-)

  26. So many books and such diversity! Maybe You Should Talk to Someone made my list as well (and I loved The Hidden Life of Trees last year).

  27. One word--IMPRESSIVE!

  28. What great books and a lovely variety, too. I have a fair few nature AND books-about-books books on my TBR.


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