Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
After I decided to participate in Nonfiction November and read the first set of questions (above), I looked back over my year of reading and realized I had only completed two nonfiction books. That's just sad. It doesn't mean I haven't been reading nonfiction, just that I haven't been completing it. I'm still in the middle of Spillover by David Quamann, which I find fascinating but have to be in a certain mood to read, and I'm also still in the middle of Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr, which I am enjoying but need time and silence to absorb, both of which are in very short supply for me lately.
One of the books I have finished is one of the best, most unusual books I have ever read: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. I don't usually have favorite books, but this one may be an exception. That said, this book is not for everyone. It is not easy. It cannot be read quickly. It requires patience, and parts of it will defy understanding on certain days and in certain ways. I loved it, but I hesitate to recommend it, knowing how difficult it is and how hard it is for me to know who will love it and who will be like: huh? One day I will tackle the task of blogging about it, but not today.
In the spirit of Nonfiction November, I just went to the library and checked out four nonfiction books to dabble around in this week-end. I don't limit myself to topics or types, although I tend not to like biography. What I hope to get out of participating in Nonfiction November is the specific goal of finishing or at least making good progress on Spillover, as well as possibly finding my next Nonfiction read.