Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Nonfiction November: My year (so far) in Nonfiction
While it's still October by my calendar...but it's the first week of Nonfiction in November, and I've decided to almost, but not quite, belatedly join in. Each week has a different host, and this week's host is Sophisticated Dorkiness (what an awesome title for a book blog) who offers the following prompt questions:
1.) Take a look back at your year of nonfiction:
Well, I find I've read 20 books of nonfiction, eight of which got a post. They can be found here. It feels like a somewhat slighter year for nonfiction for me, and comparing to this time in 2017 that seems true.
2.) What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Has to be Frederick Douglass' first version of his autobiography, Narrative of the Life. The other really great book of nonfiction I read was Brian Dillon's Essayism, which I didn't write a post for. Maybe I'll revisit that.
3.) Do you have a particular topic you've been attracted to this year?
The last couple of years I've been interested in the origins of World War I. Why (in heck) did they do it? Why did they seem so enthused? That lead to my reading Romain Rolland, one of the great opponents of the war. That meant his novel Jean-Christophe, but I also read his book of essays about the war that came out in 1915 (and made him persona non grata in France) and Stefan Zweig's biography of Rolland. I'm still contemplating a post about those books. Earlier books I read on the theme were Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August and Christopher Clark's Sleepwalkers.
4.) What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
I've mostly touted Brian Dillon's Essayism, which is brand new and not as well known as it should be.
5.) What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
More books to read! Not that I need more books to read...ah, who am I kidding...of course I want (though maybe not need) more books to read.