Nonfiction November| 2018

Hi, folks!

I can’t believe it’s almost November! As in previous years, in this garden of mine, it is time not only for German Lit books, but also for some nonfiction.

Nonfiction November is a month-long celebration hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, Julie at JulzReads, Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Katie at Doing Dewey, and Rennie at What’s Nonfiction. Every week, one of them will post a prompt or discussion question and a link-up for sharing our responses. They will also be running an Instagram photo challenge, co-hosted by Kim (@kimthedork) and Leann (@Shelf_Aware). Here is their plan:

  • Week 1: (Oct. 29 to Nov. 2) – Your Year in Nonfiction (Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness): Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
  • Week 2: (Nov. 5 to 9) – Fiction / Nonfiction Book Pairing (Sarah’s Book Shelves): This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
  • Week 3: (Nov. 12 to 16) – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Julie @ JulzReads): Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
  • Week 4: (Nov. 19 to 23) – Reads Like Fiction (Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction): Nonfiction books often get praised for how they stack up to fiction. Does it matter to you whether nonfiction reads like a novel? If it does, what gives it that fiction-like feeling? Does it depend on the topic, the writing, the use of certain literary elements and techniques? What are your favorite nonfiction recommendations that read like fiction? And if your nonfiction picks could never be mistaken for novels, what do you love about the differences?
  • Week 5: (Nov. 26 to 30) – New to My TBR (Katie @ Doing Dewey): It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

There is also a similar reading event happening on Booktube, hosted by Olive and Gemma. They’ve created a Goodreads group. Here are their prompts:

  1. Past time/Pastime
  2. Self/Shelf
  3. Wander/Wonder
  4. Micro/Macro

I don’t know if I will be participating in the discussions/ prompts of either of the groups, but I do have a pile of nonfiction books waiting to be tackled:

  • H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald (2014)
  • The Victorian and the Romantic, by Nell Stevens (2018, from my Victober pile)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Biography, by Margaret Forster (1988, from my Victober pile)
  • The Ghost: A Cultural History, by Susan Owens (2017, from my R.I.P. – R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril pile)
  • Überseezungen: Literarische Essays, by Yoko Tawada, not translated (2002, from my German Lit Month pile)
  • The Poets’ Daughters: Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge, by Katie Waldegrave (2013)
  • After Certainty: A History of Our Epistemic Ideals and Illusions, by Robert Pasnau (2017)
  • The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump, by Michiko Kakutani (2018)
  • Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, by Linda Lear (2006)
  • To the River, by Olivia Laing (2011)
  • Hidden Nature: a Voyage of Discovery, by Alys Fowler (2016)
  • The Cruel Way, by Ella K. Maillart (1947)
  • Erika und Therese: Erika Mann und Therese Giehse – Eine Liebe zwischen Kunst und Kriegby Gunna Wendt (2018)
  • Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind by Siri Hustvedt (2016)
  • Is that Kafka? 99 Finds by Reiner Stach, tr. Kurt Beals (2016. Original: Ist das Kafka? 99 Fundstücke, 2012)
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith (2016)
  • The Sense of an Ending, Frank Kermode (1967)
  • Heart Berries: A Memoirby Terese Marie Mailhot (2018)

And you? Are you planning to read any nonfiction book? What would you recommend to me? Tell me about it.

Yours truly,


Marie Spartali Stillman, ‘Love Sonnets’, 1894

9 thoughts on “Nonfiction November| 2018

  1. You have so many great ones lined up, I can’t wait to see what you pick! I’ve heard excellent things about H is for Hawk and I have a copy of To the River I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time.


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