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My Year in Non-Fiction

For the first week of Non-Fiction November, I’m reflecting on my non-fiction reads of 2019. I mentioned last week that I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction since finishing university, and one of my 2019 goals was to read at least one non-fiction book a month. This week’s Non-Fiction November post prompt will be a good chance for me to reflect on that and see how I’ve been doing.

I checked in with my 2019 goals over the summer and found that whilst I hadn’t read a non-fiction book every month, there were some months where I read more than one so it evened out. Checking in again this week, I can say I’ve read a total of 19 non-fiction books this year, out of my overall total of 70 books. That’s way more than I was expecting, making up over a quarter of all the books I’ve read this year!

There are a few questions to answer for this week’s Non-Fiction November topic, so let’s get into it!

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Probably The Romanovs, just because of the sense of accomplishment I felt after reading it. I’d had it on my bookshelf for three years, it’s a huge book, and completely out of my comfort zone. I managed it in a relatively quick three weeks and loved it.

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?

Definitely fat liberation and body positivity. I’ve read three books on the topic; Sofie Hagen’s Happy Fat, Virgie Tovar’s You Have the Right to Remain Fat, and Lindy West’s Shrill (which isn’t strictly about fatness but it’s a very central theme). I’d like to read more fiction and/or poetry that deal with the topic though – I’m not looking to read any more non-fiction about it right now.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Lynn Enright’s Vagina: A Re-Education. Oh my God, I could talk about this book all day, it’s so important and informative and just, ugh, I love it.

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

I’m hoping to find some great recommendations, mostly! But I’m also hoping that it will re-motivate me to read more non-fiction and start getting through those that are still on my TBR. I’ve been favouring fiction recently as I’m in a bit of a slump but I have some non-fiction on my list that I’m really eager to get to.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the Non-Fiction November prompts over the next month! In the mean time, you can check out all of my non-fiction reviews here.

Which non-fiction books have you loved this year?

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