#NonfictionNovember Q&A: My Year in Nonfiction

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Nonfiction November is officially underway! This week’s survey-style look at “Your Year In Nonfiction” is hosted by Kim at 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?

As I was preparing this post, I was somewhat taken aback to discover I’ve only reviewed about a dozen nonfiction books on the blog this year. I expect to post a couple more before the end of December, but I have to say it’s felt like I’ve read more than that. Perhaps that’s because it seems like the books that have affected me the most—provoked my curiosity, stuck in my mind, and given me the most to think about—have been nonfiction.

I tend to read across a broader range of styles and topics in nonfiction than I do in fiction, and that makes it hard for me to choose a single favorite. But since the Nonfiction November hosts have challenged me to do just that, I’m singling out a book that gave me more thoughts than I could put into just one post: All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior.

  • What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

I’m still recommending one of my 2013 Books of the Year, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink—it’s a must-read for so many reasons.

  • 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?

I’m not sure this technically is nonfiction, because they’re inspired by fiction, but I’m going to say that analytical essays and books about and inspired by particular sources of popular culture—specifically, genre novels and television shows—qualify as nonfiction because of form, and fascinate me because of topic.

I’ve been dipping in and out of Fic: Why Fanfiction Has Taken Over the World ever since I finished Rainbow Rowell’s novel Fangirl back in the spring, but various distractions have kept me from finishing it. One of those distractions was Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls, which I read a couple of months ago after binge-watching Seasons 1-8 of the show on Netflix, but haven’t written about it here yet. (I’m using the fact I’m still not completely current on the show as my excuse for now.)

I have several pop-culture, TV-related essay collections in my ebook library, and if I have a goal for Nonfiction November at all, it’s reading a few more of those. I don’t think that will be too hard, but figuring out how to write about them here very well might be. Discussing my own reactions to and opinions about other people’s reactions to and opinions about the creative works of yet another set of people always feels like it had the potential to go down a seriously meta rabbit hole, as well as give me unpleasant flashbacks to those literary-criticism papers I had to write in high school.

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