Nonfiction November Week 1: Your Year in Nonfiction #NonfictionNovember

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.


This week’s (Oct. 29 – Nov. 2) discussion is hosted by Julie @ 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?

I’ve read/listened to 18 nonfiction books since October /November last year, most of which seem to be autobiographies/memoirs, be that medical, travel, or political.

What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year?

For the end of 2018 it’s got to be Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Fiona Stocker’s Apple Island Wife. Both are memoirs that I thoroughly enjoyed. Whilst Becoming was published to great acclaim, Apple Island Wife may have slipped under media spotlight but it doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of that spotlight. It’s a lovely book about a British family living on a small holding in Tasmania and definitely worth a read.

My favourite for 2019 has got to be 21st Century Yokel by Tom Cox, a wonderful book about the author’s observations on life as he lives and rambles around different parts of the UK. I read this for the blog tour earlier in the year and loved it! Then I discovered the audiobook in my library’s digital catalogue, and I listened to it, read brilliantly by the author. It was hilarious both times and spurred me on to pledge for his other forthcoming books through Unbound.

 Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?

Looking back over my nonfiction reads, it looks like it been mostly memoirs. I’ve no idea why, but then as a mood reader I can never foresee what I’m going to particularly be interested in from one month to the next.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

To be absolutely honest I’m not sure, possibly 21st Century Yokel and Becoming as I did love both books!

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

I’m looking forward to looking back over my my non-fiction reads and finding some more books to add to my tbr mountain.


If you’re participating in Nonfiction November, don’t forget to link up your Week 1: Year in Nonfiction posts here with Julie @ Julz Reads

  And starting November 1, join the Instagram challenge co-hosted by Julie @julzreads & Leann @shelf_aware_ using #nonficnov The prompts for each day throughout the month have already been posted so you can start planning your posts. 🙂

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  1. You got me with 21st Century Yokel! Add me to the list of people you’ve gotten to read it – I didn’t just put it on my TBR but ordered it from Amazon and I plan on reading it this month! Lol. It sounds amazing and perfect for me. 🙂 Apple Island Wife does as well. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I don’t read a lot of Non-Fiction, but I did read Becoming and loved it. I want to check out the Apple Island Wife, it looks interesting.

  3. I swear, you always find such interesting nonfiction that I’ve never heard of! I’ve only read Educated and Becoming out of these but Apple Island Wife, Salt on Your Tongue, and the Roald Dahl ones sound amazing!

  4. I really love how you eat up so many non-fiction books, especially memoirs, throughout the year. I’ve been meaning to add some to my rotation but I always end up pushing them away to read SFF hahah I’m definitely intrigued by Ms. Obama’s memoir that made the rounds around the blogosphere a lot. Thanks for sharing, Nicki!

  5. Woww!! You have read quite a lot of non-fics this year, Nicki! A VERYY IMPRESSIVE list! And I am most intrigued by Confessions of a Bad Mother! MUST HAVE BEEN A FUN AND REVEALING READ, huh? 😍❤️

      1. Oh? She was a columnist then? Oh now I HAVE to read this one! Thank you soo much for sharing, Nicki! 😍❤️

  6. Well done Nicki! 🙌 I must write my post! I always feels like I read more nonfiction than I do because of the amount of histfic I read! For instance, right now I’m going down the rabbit hole of the French Revolution! That counts, right?!?!?! 😂😂😂

  7. I listened to BECOMING on audiobook and really loved it! There was a wonderful warmth to her memoir. 😊

  8. Wow you’ve definitely read a lot of non fiction! I like my non fiction too every once in a while, although I’ve been slacking this year… I’ve only read 8 so far, but I’m hoping to read at least I’ll Be Gone In The Dark soon. Of your list, I’ve only read Book Love and Educated… Although I’ve been meaning to try Becoming. I hope you will enjoy Non Fiction November! xx

  9. I’ve got Becoming on my TBR for Non-Fiction November and I’m determined to finally get to listen to the audio book. It looks like you’ve read some great non-fiction this year already, I hope there is more to come in the last two months of 2019. 🙂

  10. You’ve read some interesting & varied nonfiction this year. I have added Apple Island Wife to my wishlist; it sounds like my kind of read. Happy reading this November!

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