November is always a busy time in the book blogging world and one of the many reading events taking place this month is Nonfiction November. Non-fiction doesn’t form a large part of my reading, but I find that taking part in this event helps me to focus on the non-fiction I’ve read and would like to read, so it’s still worthwhile for me. Each week throughout November, one of the challenge hosts will post a different topic for participants to discuss. I probably won’t have time to join in with all of them, but this week’s topic is an easy one:
Week 1: (November 1-5) – Your Year in Nonfiction with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction: 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?
So far this year I have read the following six non-fiction books, a mixture of history, science, biography and self-help:
The Light Ages by Seb Falk – a look at the progress of science, philosophy and invention in the medieval period
The Fall of the House of Byron by Emily Brand – a biography of the ancestors of the poet Lord Byron.
The Killer of the Princes in the Tower by MJ Trow – a new solution to one of history’s greatest unsolved mysteries.
The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale – the story of a woman who claims to be experiencing paranormal events in her London home.
Live Alone and Like It by Marjorie Hillis – a 1930s guide for single women who live alone.
Myself When Young by Daphne du Maurier – the memoir of one of my favourite authors.
Of these, I think the book I enjoyed most was probably Live Alone and Like It. For a book published in 1936, a lot of the advice is still surprisingly relevant today!
This month, although I do have several other non-fiction books on my TBR, I’m going to concentrate on finishing a very long book I started a few weeks ago – Powers and Thrones by Dan Jones.
Are you taking part in Nonfiction November this year?