Non Fiction

My Year in Non Fiction

I found out recently via Kristin’s post that there is such a thing as Non Fiction November, which is being hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, Julie at JulzReads, Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Katie at Doing Dewey, and Rennie at What’s Nonfiction.

As I love reading nonfiction , I’ve decided to take part in this celebration.i heart nonfictionWeek 1 – My Year in Nonfiction – hosted by Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness

In this post, I would like to look back at my year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions:

  • What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

My picks are two books as both of them really touched me and left me with many thoughts that lingered for months after I finished reading those:

Educated by Tara Westover (my review here) for its testament of how we can choose not to be defined by our past and circumstances.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (review is currently being written) for Noah’s witty and extremely well articulated essays set in post-Apartheid South Africa, which cover feminism, racism and much more.

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

This year, I have been drawn towards topics of feminism and racism. I really enjoyed reading We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (review here) and want to learn more about it in the upcoming months.

As a life coach in training, I have also been attracted towards topics that explore what makes us tick. I thoroughly enjoyed Jon Ronson’s So You Have Been Publicly Shamed (review here) and currently loving Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead as well as Seth Godin’s Linchpin.

  • What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Daring greatlyBrené Brown’ Daring Greatly because:

  • it’s not a boring factual book
  • it’s full of real stories of struggle
  • it gives me hope
  • it teaches me how to be brave
  • and because it shows me that I am not alone.

This book really speaks to my heart. Every time I hear Theodore Roosevelt’s quote below, which goes hand in hand with the book, I have tears in my eyes:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

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

I am hoping to discover more nonfiction as well as to connect with alike minded blogging community and to perhaps inspire some of my readers to give nonfiction a go.

There is still a common misconception out there that nonfiction is dry and… boring.

There are many nonfiction books that are full of stories of epic battles that feature both heroes and anti-heroes and I am hoping that by writing about them may pique some of your interest… yes, I do have a cunning plan!

What about you? Do you enjoy nonfiction?

If so, what nonfiction book have you recommended the most? 

19 thoughts on “My Year in Non Fiction”

    1. I’m so glad you loved those two books as well Kristin.

      And I am crossing my fingers you enjoy Brene Brown’s books as well. My favourite is Daring Greatly, I cried so much reading it. In the good way of ‘I’m so happy I am not alone in this’ ! 😂

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    1. I know what you mean, it is sometimes a very tough choice indeed! I tend to read nonfiction quite slowly as I am notoriously known to read 5+ books at the same time… I never learn! 😂😂😂😘

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  1. Oh, how wonderful. I for one am glad you’re doing this as it means I can learn about a few good non-fiction works to reads. I don’t read nearly enough non-fiction myself, but I’m already signed up for way too much this month as it is. 😀

    Happy reading!

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    1. I know that problem really well, I always get super excited about something and end up being signed up for waaaaaay tooooo many things. I’m learning to say no to things I want to say yet to, but simple just have no time for. It’s a struggle!!! 😂😂😂

      Happy reading to you too!


      1. Ah, yes, you too. Mostly I’m good at managing my time, and do say no to quite a few things, unless they are for months in advance, then okay. But yes, like you, I really do need to say it more often than yes! 😉

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  2. Because I have an overall reading plan in 2018–the oldest and beers books I purchased, a fat quest book, and one random read–I don’t know when I’ll get a nonfiction book unless I pick it as my random. This year, I’ve read 16 nonfiction works, which is actually more than I thought it would be until I just now counted!

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    1. 16 nonfiction book is a lot Melanie, I am really impressed. Many of your reviews have inspired my ‘to-be-read’ list as I really want to read those now as well!


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