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Tell me what non-fiction you read and I will tell you who you are #Non-fiction November Week 1

Nonfiction November is hosted this year by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction) — is a month-long celebration of everything nonfiction. Each week, they’ll be a different prompt and a different host looking at different ideas about reading and loving 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 is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?  What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?


This is the first time I am participating in this one month long event, although I have always been interested in reading non-fiction. There is an old saying ‘Tell me what you do with your free time (however much or little you have of it) and I will tell you who you are’. To paraphrase it, look carefully at what non-fiction you choose to read, because it reflects your interests better than anything else.

Ths year I have read only 30 non-fiction books and they fall into several categories:

  • biographies and autobiographies – Maria Montessori, David Bowie, Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Conversations with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from those who made history
  • Books related to art and art appreciation- Art Masterclass with Claude Monet, Painting School, Process Art Handbook and other similar titles
  • Children’s non-fiction – Kitchen Science Lab for kids, My first fact file: oceans, My first fact file: Vikings, My first fact file: Ancient Rome and My first fact file: the weather, The Element in the Room, The Rocking Book of Rocks

and then there are some reads that I loved and would recommend the most, although they are difficult to categorize:

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

What am I hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November? Apart from giving myself a free rein and permission to binge on wonderful non-fiction titles I have recently seen, I would like to reflect on what I read, how and why I choose it and what I do with what I learn afterwards. I would also love to connect with other readers of this genre and get their recommendations.

  • Is non-fiction among your favourite genres?
  • Are you participating in Nonfiction November this year?

10 replies on “Tell me what non-fiction you read and I will tell you who you are #Non-fiction November Week 1”

  1. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. When I do, it is usual memoirs or books about things that have happened in our history like the Halifax Explosion, or Radium Girls etc. I read more children’s non-fiction than adult as I am always looking for books to share with my grandchildren. I really should read more, but like Carol, I read a lot of historical Fiction and learn a lot from that. Enjoy the month Toni.

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  2. I read a lot of nonfiction picture books. I’m a picture book author, so they’re often books by friends or books I’m using as mentor texts. I also read some adult nonfiction which tends to be along one of two lines, biographies/memoirs or sociology/psychology. Recent nonfiction I liked:
    1. Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas
    2. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
    3. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, by Stephanie Land
    4. Becoming, by Michelle Obama

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    1. I pay a lot of attention to the quality of illustrations, especially in children’s non-fiction. An adult can just ignore lackluster artwork, but a child may never want to return to reading about that particular topic.
      Thank you for your recommendations. Becoming is already on my tbr soon list, but the other four sound equally tempting ❤ 🙋‍♀️


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