Week 1: My Year in Nonfiction #nonficnov

This week kicks off Nonfiction November 2017 and I’m excited to participate. Thank you to all the kind souls who have taken the time to coordinate and pull all the prompts and dates together.

This week is being hosted over at JulzRead, who is a new blogger to me, but after reading how she likes “books about books” and is working on a book spine staircase, I know we’d have tons of books to share and recommend. Anyway, here we go. . .

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

This year I finally found a copy of Anatole Broyard’s Intoxicated By My Illness and was not disappointed. His writing, sense of self and the decision to tackle death head on with his eyes (and humor) wide open all tied together wonderfully for this book. Death is a tough topic but Broyard pulled no punches when remembering his life, those around him and his work as a literary critic.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

I really have not recommended many books this year, but the nonfiction book I’ve talked about the most Robert Moor’s On Trails: An Exploration. Moor does a good job showing the impact of trails, maps and paths in our world. Everything from the historical (thinking about how today’s interstates follow ancient Native American paths) to the philosophical (the mindset that’s needed to walk a looooooooong way) to the future (big international groups still get together to debate the start/stop of the Appalachian Trail as it gains new land each year). It was a very specific and peculiar book. Fortunately, it was done very well.

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

I can never, ever, get enough ‘books about books’. It’s a passion. It’s never ending and it’s always hard to find other people taking the deep dive into bibliophilia. One of my faves this year was the coffee table book The Library Book by Thomas Schiff. Schiff takes these amazing 360 degree photos of libraries from around the world to give the reader a new perspective on the places, shelves and books. It’s a slow book. One where you want to study pages where massive ceiling frescoes warp and bend down to touch the tops of floor to ceiling bookshelves. It was a lot of fun.

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

Hands down, I want to discover new great books to read. But getting to meet all of the other book loving folks participating is certainly the icing on the cake.

If you’re interested in participating this year’s Nonfiction November, just check out any of the hosts’ blogs or follow along on all the socials by checking out the hashtag #nonficnov

  • The Library Book sounds like a great book for any book lover! I’m going to have to look for a copy!

  • It’s certainly one of the more unique books out there. It took a few pages before I really bought in to the whole 360-degree image idea. But it’s neat. Thank you for stopping by the blog!

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I love books about books, too. My favorite this year is My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul. On Trails sounds like a book I’d enjoy… will keep an eye out for that one.

  • Have you read When Breath Becomes Air ? It sounds similar to the Broyard.

  • Kazen

    Huzzah for books about books! Have you read The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by M.A. Orthofer? It introduced me to many books I may have not heard of otherwise.

  • I love books about books, too! I’m reading Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club right now and I love how it’s about books. And I can never get enough of pictures of libraries and bookshelves.

  • Pamela Paul is great. She’s one of my favorites to follow on Twitter. She always seems to stay level headed & have good book recommendations.

  • When Breath Becomes Air is on my bookshelf, but I’ve never picked it up. It seems to have spoken to a lot of people, I’ll check it out. Thanks for bringing it back up to the top of the list for me.

  • Whoa, M.A. Orthofer is a new name for me. Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to look for that book. I just googled it and I LOVE that cover with all of the flags sticking out of the book.

  • I’m a sucker for photos of libraries too. I can’t get enough. I have Schwalbe’s book as well, but have not read it yet. I’ve heard nice things. I hope it’s good.