During November, book bloggers dedicate the month to reading and talking about Nonfiction books. I’ve always wanted to participate, but haven’t taken the time to do it. During the month I’ll share my favorite nonfiction books, share recommendations, I’ll talk about how I read so many nonfiction books and not get bored, and tell you what nonfiction books I can’t wait to read. I absolutely love reading nonfiction and if I am remembering correctly, I read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction last year!
Today’s first post is My Year in Nonfiction. I’ll look back on all the nonfiction reads in 2019 and share my favorites with you.
I love to read nonfiction because I love to read and want to be a lifelong learner. I read nonfiction because I enjoy learning about my favorite topics, or learning about something new, or reading about someone’s life or experiences. Reading nonfiction opens doors to conversations that I may not have originally had with someone because of what I learned or read about.
My favorite way to read nonfiction is through audiobooks. I love to listen while I get ready for my day or while I am driving. But, I also read physical nonfiction books as well. I have read over 40 nonfiction books this year including children’s books. I loved nonfiction as a child too and I still love reading children’s nonfiction. I’m still learning from those books as well!
Favorite nonfiction books I’ve read so far in 2019
I’D RATHER BE READING by Anne Bogel
~Necessary reading for anyone who loves books and reading!
AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes
~Fans of “The Princess Bride” will love this. I highly recommend listening to this one on audio since the cast returns to give their insight into the making of the movie. It’s so much fun! Then, of course, you’ll have to watch the movie again!
FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER by Clint Hill
~After visiting Dallas and seeing the Kennedy museum, I became much more interested in that day. This is a quick and fascinating read, written by Jackie Kennedy’s Secret Service Agent. His perspective and details from that week in Texas is fascinating.
84, CHARING CROSS ROAD by Helene Hanff
~This classic had been on my list, mostly because I love epistolary books. This correspondence between a woman in the US and employees in a bookstore in England warmed my heart and made me laugh. It’s a very quick read!
~This memoir focuses on Reichl’s time as the editor of Gourmet magazine. If you like behind-the-scenes kind of memoirs along with life stories and lessons, check out this fascinating read.
THE MODERN CAST IRON COOKBOOK by Tiffany La Forge
~I had no idea how much I would love using a cast iron skillet. This cookbook forced me to learn how to care for it and use it to its best abilities.
WHAT MADE MADDY RUN by Kate Fagan
~This was such a tough read for me but so important. I can’t stop thinking about Maddy and how much pain she was in and no one saw it. As I see our kids struggling with new responsibilities at college as well as their high school classmates, I pray they know there is always someone who will listen.
Looking over this list, I’m noticing that my favorites are nonfiction books that share stories of someone’s life. Five of the seven books share someone’s life story. I’ve recommended every single one of these to someone based on knowing what that person might like. I am still thinking about these books, what I learned, what I enjoyed, and what I need to remember.
Do you like to read nonfiction? What nonfiction books have you read and loved this year? Feel free to drop your recommendations in the comments!
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