I signed on here to finish my post about Austenland and Midnight in Austenland when I came across Lu’s post about Nonfiction November. Clicking around her site led me to her initial announcement of this themed month. Since my first read of November was actually a nonfiction book, namely Tea by the Nursery Fire, and because in preparation for the end of maternity leave I am currently reading some work related books, I thought this themed month might be just the thing for me. As an incentive to actually get involved I decided to participate in this first of their weekly posts, even though I really do not think there is much to tell about my year in nonfiction thus far.
This week’s themed post is about your year in nonfiction and is hosted by Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness:
What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year?
I had to go back through my goodreads account because I didn’t believe I had read any nonfiction before this month, but I was wrong! Total count of nonfiction titles (apart from the ones I read for work pre-maternity leave, which I never log): 3! That is more than I generally achieve in a year (and yes, this makes me sad). I have enjoyed all three titled, really, for very different reasons: Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine because it was the perfect read on gender in so many ways and felt so accurate with respect to frustrations that were work and pregnancy-related; Missionary Families by Emily Manktelow was my “ease back into thinking about work” book and it was wonderful to read so many observations articulated intelligently that have informed my PhD from the outset; and, lastly, Tea by the Nursery Fire by Noel Streatfeild was a lovely book, that almost felt like a novel.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Actually, I do not think I generally recommend nonfiction. But I do know that I would wish everyone would pick up Delusions of Gender because it would mean a lot less faux arguments every time the word gender or feminism comes up in conversation.
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
Everything? But I definitely want to read more about feminism and gender, diversity, colonialism and empire, and mission. Or history tackling any or more of these topics. Or biographies/reflections on biographies, also on any of these topics. I do not think I will ever feel as if I have read enough on these things. In a perfect world, I’d also like to read more on world politics and food.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Honestly, I simply hope that I will up my nonfiction reads this year, and hopefully in the years to come. It might be a bit unambitious, but I’d love to read at least 2 more nonfiction titles before the end of 2014.
I am so excited about this month! Even if my participation might be very minimal, I am very glad I came across this event.