There’s a book tag for Nonfiction November! This is my last shot to do it before next year so let’s go!
1. Nonfiction November is a great time to meet other nonfiction lovers. Give some shout out love to one of your favorite nonfiction Booktubers.
A Book Olive. I know she’s read fiction in the past but I’ve only ever seen her talk about nonfiction since I’ve discovered her channel.
2. Why do you read Nonfiction?
It’s interesting. There’s a lot of things in the world I’m curious about. I’ve also been reading a lot about current events and politics. Given our current political climate, it’s incredibly important to be knowledgeable about what’s going on and why it matters.
3. Home: Where in your home do you like to read the most?
The super comfy couch or, if I can leave the apartment, on the treadmill in our building’s gym.
4. Home: Give a nonfiction recommendation set in or about your home country.
Katy Tur’s memoir Unbelievable about her experience reporting on Trump’s campaign. For everyone overseas wondering “WTF America?” this may help. Also, Hillary Clinton’s memoir What Happened.
5. Home: Which book on your 2017 Nonfiction November TBR related to the word home are you most excited about?
Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins. I got it at a library sale and it was a blissfully quick read and a very sweet story. It definitely reinforces my desire for a mini-pig. PSA: mini-pigs can range 50-100 pounds and you have to be careful to not get ‘surprised’ with a regular pig. It happened to Hubs’s cousin.
6. Love: What do you love to read most in the nonfiction field?
Memoirs. I love hearing people’s stories, especially when they’re different from mine.
7. Love: Give a nonfiction recommendation related to the challenge word, “love”.
The Dog Merchants by Kim Kavin. Dogs are extremely beloved but it’s a complex industry and Kavin sheds important light on.
8. What love-related nonfiction recommendation are you most excited about reading?
Accessory to Marriage has been collecting dust on my shelf for too long. It’s a memoir of a wedding photographer and I’m about halfway through it.
9. Substance: Nonfiction is a great way to introduce us to people that inspire us to be better, name a person of substance you have loved reading more about.
Trump is not a person of substance but I think reading about how he came to power, his history, and what we can do about it is extremely important. I have enjoyed reading more about it in the sense that it is helping me be a better part of the resistance.
10. What book would you recommend to people that has a lot of substance to it?
Any book of r.h. Sin poetry. It struck a chord with me and I’ve been sending one of my favorites around to people going through a tough time.
11. What book related to the substance word are you most excited about on your nonfiction TBR?
I didn’t do a hard TBR for this but I wound up loving Whiskey, Words & a Shovel I by r.h. Sin. It’s autobiographical poetry that spoke to me very deeply.
12. Scholarship: Nonfiction can teach us a lot, what subjects and topics have you really learned about because of your reading?
Dogs and politics. Politics because I live in this world and I don’t like how it’s become and dogs because I want to center my life on that.
13. Scholarship: Which book would you recommend that would teach somebody something well?
Hyperbole and a Half does a fantastic job of showcasing what living with mental illness is like. I think anything that will help humanize that pain and struggle is worth reading.
14. What book related to “scholarship’ are you most excited about reading for this nonfiction November?
Katy Tur’s memoir about Trump. I know my answers are repeating but that’s what happens when it’s almost the end of the month the tag is themed on. I’m more than halfway done and hope to finish it ASAP. It’s great and I want to get it back into circulation for other inquiring minds.