I have seen loads of other bloggers taking part in Non-Fiction November and read their posts with interest, and I thought I wouldn’t have the time, energy or content to do it. But then I thought, well, I DO read a lot of non-fiction, more than most people I know, and it would be fun to find some new blogs to read and to hopefully get some discussion going on the non-fiction I read with a few new people (much as I cherish my regulars!) so here I go.

Week one is hosted by JulzReads and Week 1, which I see I’m slightly late for (oops) has an introductory theme:

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

As I said, I read quite a lot of non-fiction: out of my 89 reads so far this year, 43 have been in this category. So I have a few favourites. One was “Long Live Great Bardfield” by Tirzah Garwood, in Persephone, the diaries of this wonderful artist, my first book of the year, and another Martin Gayford’s “The Pursuit of Art“, which I reviewed for Shiny New Books. Stephen Rutt’s “The Seafarers” was another stand-out.

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?

Looking at my acquisitions this year (my Book Confessions category will find them if you’re interested), I have been more attracted to books in the Nature area this year. Especially on birdwatching. I appear to have FOUR books on birdwatching, its people and sociology, on my TBR right now.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

I’ve continued to recommend Lisa Jackson’s “Your Pace or Mine” to many runners I’ve encountered – one of the best running books I’ve ever read. I enthused about “The Seafarers” to a lot of people, too.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

Given my TBR, probably books about birdwatching! I have also bought and intend to buy more around other people’s experiences in the UK and further afield – so I want to continue reading more widely about the experience of immigrants.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

I want to share my love of non-fiction and help people know it’s not all science tomes, and also find new bloggers to read and link up with.


Well, that was fun! Hopefully I’ll get my next post in on the right day!