Nonfiction November | 2019

Hi, folks!

Nonfiction November is a month-long blogging event hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Julz of Julz Reads, Rennie of What’s Nonfiction, Sarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves, and Leann of Shelf Aware. 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 Julie (@JulzReads) and Leann (@Shelf_Aware). Here is their plan:

  • Week 1: (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1) – Your Year in Nonfiction (Julz of Julz Reads): favorite nonfiction read of the year / topics you’ve been attracted to more this year
  • Week 2: (Nov. 4 to 8) – Book Pairing (Sarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves): pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title
  • Week 3: (Nov. 11 to 15) – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Katie at Doing Dewey): share books on a topic that you have read (be the expert) / call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic (ask the expert) / create a list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert)
  • Week 4: (Nov. 18 to 22) – Nonfiction Favorites (Leann of Shelf Aware): what makes a nonfiction book one of your favorites?
  • Week 5: (Nov. 25 to 29) – New to My TBR (Rennie of What’s Nonfiction): books added to your TBR during the month

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. Design
  2. Sport
  3. True
  4. Voice

Olive and Natalie are also hosting an Instagram challenge here.

Probably, I will not be participating in the discussions/ prompts of either of the groups, but I do have a pile of nonfiction books waiting to be tackled:

  • Shakespeare’s sisters: feminist essays on women poets, by Sandra M. Gilbert (1979)
  • Rough draft: the modernist diaries of Emily Holmes Coleman, 1929 – 1937, edited by Elizabeth Podnieks (2012)
  • Disease, desire, and the body in Victorian women’s popular novels, by Pamela K. Gilbert (1997)
  • Überseezungen: Literarische Essays, by Yoko Tawada, not translated (2002, from my GLM TBR)
  • Around the World in 72 Days, by Nellie Bly (1890)
  • A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays, by Mary McCarthy, edited by A.O. Scott (2001)
  • Journal of a Solitude, by May Sarton (1973)
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792)
  • Nobody’s Looking at You: Essays, by Janet Malcolm (2019)
  • Essays One, by Lydia Davis (2019)
  • Coventry: Essays, by Rachel Cusk (2019)
  • Screen Tests, by Kate Zambreno (2019)
  • Appendix Project: Talks and Essays, by Kate Zambreno (2019)

And you? Which nonfiction books are you planning to read? What would you recommend to me? Tell me about it.

Yours truly,


T. F. Simon. ‘Vilma Reading a Book’. 1912.

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