Nonfiction November: Week One

I had no intention of doing any more challenges this year, but Wendy mentioned this one and it happened to coincide with my current goal.  Basically, although you don’t see it (because these days I schedule most of my posts), at certain times of the year I tend to focus on one type of book.

Right now I find myself with some extra time and am pushing myself to read and review as much nonfiction as possible, knowing that next year will probably be much busier and include much less reading time.  Therefore, Nonfiction November it is!

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Hidden Figures and Redefining Realness were my two favorite adult reads.  Recently I was blown away by Prisoners Without Trial.  For kids so far I liked This Kid Can Fly best; if picture books are included, this gets even tougher.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? I continue to recommend a nonfiction book from last year frequently, Born a Crime.  However, I’ve been recommending As Nature Made Him for years now.  The review with the highest stats on my blog (more than twice the views of any other post, nearly as many as my main page) is still Lion.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?  Once upon a time I used to read a lot of true crime.  I also used to read a lot of science-based books.  I’d like to read more #ownvoices stories about places in the world I’m not familiar with and the lives/careers of PoC STEM leaders.  I continue to quest for more books about indigenous or PoC people who are disabled (be sure to comment if you know of any that aren’t on my list).

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November? I have some bonus reading time and am hoping to buckle down and get through a lot of non-fiction books so I have a good pool of reviews to use in 2018 (most of my posts for 2017 are already scheduled).

2017 October Book Haul resized
October 2017 Book Haul

TBR  I’m hoping to finish reading and reviewing all of the nonfiction books from my last book haul.  I would also like to complete or make substantial progress on the two 500+ page books on my shelf.  Basically this month I’m hoping to tackle the most difficult, lengthy, or academic works ahead of me, so that I have some reviews ready for busier times when I’m not as able to delve into deep reading or take time to write a longer review.

If you’d like to see the 25 nonfiction chapter books and ten nonfiction picture books I’ve reviewed in 2017 so far, scroll down on my 2017 Review List and they are listed by title below the fiction books.

Author: colorfulbookreviews

I work in a library by day and parent the rest of the time. I am passionate about good books representing the full spectrum of human diversity for every age group and reading level. This blog is my attempt to help parents, educators, and librarians find the best children's books authored by or featuring characters of color.

9 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: Week One”

    1. Thanks! I read three nonfiction books this week, but they were all middle grade so it hasn’t exactly been much progress. Hopefully as the month progresses and I have time off around Thanksgiving I can crack some of the more challenging academic or lengthier works. I’m really glad you posted about this challenge!

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  1. I’ve always thought about doing this challenge, but I never feel like I have the energy to commit to reading solely nonfiction. I have recently, though, discovered that it’s quite easy for me to read nonfiction alongside fiction, and that seems to be helping me squeeze some nonfiction in. I’m excited to see how your month goes!

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    1. Usually I read nonfiction in short bursts during the workday. I always have a book in my car, pack one with my lunch, and usually one in my purse as well. Any time other people are checking their phones (like long grocery lines), I pull out a book! However this doesn’t work so well for longer or more academic books – it’s hard to make time for those when fiction is so much faster and easier to read.

      I’m glad you’re getting more nonfiction in your day. Do you read books about the same subject or different fiction and nonfiction topics?

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  2. I have had Hidden Figures on my list since I heard about it long before the movie was made, but never got around to it because the reserve list was so long. Now I seem to have bumped it to the bottom of my list. I really should change that.
    Everyone seems to be recommending Born A Crime this week, so I think I’d better find time for it, too!

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  3. I just requested Hidden Figures from my library – I don’t know how I haven’t read it yet! And I requested Born a Crime, too. I didn’t think I’d be interested in reading it but I never actually realized what it was about until this month! I’m looking forward to reading both of them. Good luck reading this month!

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