I love joining in with Non Fiction November – over the years I have tried to increase the amount of non fiction I read, and this annual feature is a great spur towards doing more of that. Week one of the month is hosted by Rennie at What’s NonFiction and simply asks us to review our NF reading this year, reflecting on these questions:
What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year?
It’s impossible to limit it to just one – these are my faves from the 21 NF books I’ve read so far
- Fave memoir – Beeswing by Richard Thompson
- Fave medic – Catch Your Breath by Ed Patrick
- Fave elegant prose – Deborah Levy – The Cost of Living and Real Estate (vols 2 and 3 of her ‘living autobiography’)
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
It’s got to be culture/media this year. From rock’n’roll with David Hepworth and Richard Thompson to 70s TV comedy and Tim Walker’s Star Turns interviews, I’ve read more of those than science / medical books this year, and I have a stack of recent memoirs in my TBR to get to (Dave Grohl, Bob Mortimer, Stanley Tucci, Hayley Mills).
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
That’s easy – The Book of Pebbles by Christopher Stocks, illustrated by Angie Lewin. Simply lovely.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
Simply to keep me reading and enjoying NF, and finding some more titles to
add to my teetering piles look out for!