It’s time for Nonfiction November, starting with my ‘Year in Nonfiction’, hosted by Julz Reads.
Strictly speaking, I should call it Memoir November (Memvember?!) – doesn’t have quite the same ring but it is more accurate in my case, given that the majority of my nonfiction reading is memoir (specifically, I’ve read 16 memoirs, one biography and four other nonfiction titles this year).
Julz has set some questions:
What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year?
Two books stand out – Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, in which author and therapist, Lori Gottlieb, explores her own therapy experience in parallel with that of her clients. I’m a bit of therapy voyeur, so this was brilliant.
And earlier in the year, there was much reading pleasure to be found in Helen O’Neill’s superbly presented biography of Florence Broadhurst.
I’ve just started reading The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs, and I’m confident that it will be one of my favourites for 2019.
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
Memvember says it all! But drilling down, I am always interested in memoirs that deal with grief.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Small Wrongs by Kate Rossmanith, a book about remorse in both a personal and a legal sense, was really thought-provoking and I have returned to it a couple of times since reading it.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Last year, I thought the ‘book pairings’ posts were the best thing since sliced bread – it was the reason my TBR stack grew! I expect the same this year.