November is a busy themed month – I’m starting with Nonfiction (I’m never sure with it should be Non Fiction, Nonfiction or Non-Fiction!), but I shall go with all one word or NF…
Week 1 (30th Oct – 3rd Nov) Your Year in Nonfiction: Celebrate your year of nonfiction. What books have you read? What were your favorites? Have you had a favorite topic? Is there a topic you want to read about more? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November? (Heather at Based on a True Story)
I’m down a bit on nonfiction reading this year, currently running at 15/102 books read (last year I had read 27/118 – 23%). I have several NF novellas as possibles lined up for #NovNov though, which will bump it up a little. The fifteen I have read have all been interesting reads, and over half I’ve scored highly at 8.5/10 or more.
I’ve read a different mixture this year too – just the one medical memoir (Kay), but two about movies (McEwen and Dyer), two about lifestyle (Highmore and Jones), one true-crime (O’Connell), one classic travel (Heyerdahl), two psychology (Liming and Dahlen/Thorbjørnsen), one facts (Cock-Starkey), and a variety of memoirs (Dury, Rothschild, Rogers, Taylor and Royle). However, many of those memoirs include reportage and other digressions, and some of the others include moments of memoir – to use a neologism coined by Nicholas Royle – they’re ‘memoirish’.
I have particularly loved those memoirish books his year: Mark McEwen’s essays on his favourite films and how they have shaped him; Mark O’Connell’s reportage plus talking about how his investigation into a true crime affected him; Hannah Rothschild on her aunt Nica; Geoff Dyer on his scene by scene obsession with Tarkovsky’s film Stalker; Jude Rogers on how music makes us feel (my NF highlight so far); Catherine Taylor evoking the sociopolitical scene of the 1970s-1980s; and Nicholas Royle’s own personal obsessions with David Bowie and Enid Blyton which he combined into a series of lectures (out end of this month and to be reviewed then!).
Here’s my full list – looking at it – what can you recommend me to add to it?
- Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time by Sheila Liming – RC NF (8/10) Shiny Review
- Weights and Measures by Claire Cock-Starkey – RC (7/10) Review
- Lifestyle Revolution by Ben Highmore – RC (8.5/10) Shiny Review
- Cary Grant’s Suit by Todd McEwen – RC (9/10) Shiny Review
- Chaise Longue by Baxter Dury – O* NF (9/10) Review
- The Kon-Tiki Expedition by Thor Heyerdahl – O NF (8/10) Review
- More. Numbers. Every. Day. by Micael Dahlen & Helge Thorbjørnsen – RC NF (8.5/10) Review
- The Baroness: The search for Nica, the rebellious Rothschild by Hannah Rothschild – O* NF (9/10) Review
- Zona by Geoff Dyer – O* NF (9/10) Review
- Undoctored by Adam Kay – O* (20B#6) (8/10) Review
- The Sound of Being Human by Jude Rogers – O* (20B#7) (10/10) Review
- A Thread of Violence by Mark O’Connell – RC (20B#11) (9/10) Review
- The Stirrings by Catherine Taylor – O (9/10) Shiny Review
- Divide by Anna Jones – RC – (8/10) Review
- David Bowie, Enid Blyton and the Sun Machine by Nicholas Royle – RC