In the fall my reading tastes tend to move towards nonfiction.  That’s one of the reasons why I love Nonfiction November.

Nonfiction-November-2015

Since the end of last year’s Nonfiction November I’ve read 47 nonfiction books.

  • 29 of them took place in the United States
  • 5 were in Africa or the Middle East
  • 6 were in Europe
  • 3 were in Asia
  • 2 were in South America
  • 1 was in the Caribbean and 1 in the South Pacific
  • 31 were written by women

I mostly read narrative nonfiction and history.  I’m not a fan of celebrity memoirs but do read memoirs of people I haven’t heard of before.  I don’t read a lot of really heavy history that reads more like a textbook than a novel unless I’m really interested in the subject.  I’ve written before about what the husband thinks of my reading choices.

Favorites This Year

History

History The Wright BrothersThe Wright Brothers by David McCullough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 


Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights BattleSomething Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970


Freedom’s Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970 by Lynne Olson

 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Memoirs

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much MoreRedefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 


This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion DoctorThis Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor by Susan Wicklund
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

 

Social Issues

Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of IntoleranceFaith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance by Linda K. Wertheimer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional WorldNaked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World by Mark Haskell Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

I’ve also made two lists for the Travel the World in Books readathon in the last two weeks of Great Books about Food (lots of nonfiction) and Great International Nonfiction.  I highly recommend the books on those lists too.

I’m looking forward to getting a lot of great recommendations this month.

What nonfiction have you loved this year?

14 Replies to “My Year in Nonfiction”

  1. Great list. If others are interested, I’m thinking of choosing We Should All Be Feminists for the month I host the travel the world in books readalong.

  2. Wow, you’ve done some really diverse nonfiction reading! Most of what I’ve read is is set in the US, I think, although I have been reading a pretty good mix of male and female authors, I think.

  3. I look forward to checking out the lists you provided – thanks.
    And that’s an impressive amount of NF in one year – congrats.

  4. I’m like you with the narrative nonfiction rather than the bigger history type books. I’m fascinated by history–but the thought of reading it reminds me of those dry books I had to read during college. I haven’t read any of the books on your list but I definitely have Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County on my radar.

  5. What a great year of nonfiction reading! I can’t wait to hear more about what you’re reading this month. Thanks for joining us for Nonfiction November!

  6. I’ve added lots of these to my list,thanks! So glad to see Everyday Sexism and We Should All Be Feminists on your international list,such important books! Have you read It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario? My favourite of the year so far!

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