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In my TBR this month | Nonfiction November

This is the last week of  Nonfiction November  - this may only be my second time actually following through for all four weeks of this event. Which is great - because I discovered some amazing blogs and several excellent nonfiction titles this month. Doing Dewey  is hosting the week and she's asking -  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! I picked up a ton of recommendations this month - these six are the ones I am most looking forward to reading.  Pandemic Solidarity  by Marina Sitrin and Rebecca Solnit - discovered over at Monika's  Lovely Bookshelf  - she has several similar books recommended in her post, and I'll admit I TBR'd almost all of them.  Doughnut Economics  by Kate Raworth -  Unsolicited Feedback  has several other books on this topic but this one in particular caught my eye. I Have Something to Tell You  by Chasten Buttigieg - thi

This Year in Nonfiction | Nonfiction November

November means Nonfiction November! It's one of the few blogging events I follow every year and join if I can. Every year by the end of November, both my TBR and Feedly have exploded and this year is likely going to be no different. I probably don't read as many nonfiction books as I would like to but I find that I've enjoyed almost every nonfiction book I read. For this week, Shelf Aware is hosting the event and here's the prompt - 


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?



By current count, I've read almost 20 books this year that fall into the nonfiction category. They've been a mix of graphic memoirs, essay collections, and historical nonfiction. Over the years, I find that I look for graphic memoirs a lot more than any other category. Something about seeing history and life through colorful illustrated pages makes things pop out way more that plain text. Yet another category of books I at least browse a lot, if not actually finish, is self-improvement. I'm constantly on the lookout for productivity and improvement techniques that I often pick a title, read couple of chapters maybe more, look for the gist of the book, and then be done.

I want to talk about two nonfiction books I've loved from this year. They're both, unsurprisingly, graphic memoirs, and very readable ones too. 


Most Recommended Nonfiction Read of the Year



The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui is the author's account of her parents' upbringing and eventual escape from Vietnam during the years of and leading to the Vietnam War. As if the subject wasn't hard enough to read about, the author's parents and their relationships are also irrevocably impacted by their experiences in Vietnam. Like most people, I do find it difficult to read war memoirs - they typically show the worst of humans and also their most vulnerable states. But they also show them at their strongest and most resilient. The Best We Could Do does a great job of demonstrating all that. What I loved most about it though was that we end the book in the same time and phase as where it started but this time with so much more understanding of Thi and her family.


Favorite Nonfiction Read of the Year



One of my favorite books (and also series) from this year is John Lewis' March trilogy. I've been writing my review for months and have finally decided that it may never happen. It's not an easy book (or rather books) to review. It is a must-read, period. There really is no need to say more. This book is even more relevant during this US Election year. The March trilogy spans from Lewis' initiation into the Civil Rights movement, all the way up to the various marches in Alabama. Lewis uses the 2008 Presidential Inauguration as the anchoring event in this book - a moment decades in the making and which is a moment of huge celebration after years of fighting for human rights for African Americans. However, reading this book in 2020, after four years of President Trump and Black Lives Matter protests, I was struck by how much has still not changed. We still see the same fight for human rights, civil rights, and equality continuing to this day. 


Now it's your turn - what's your favorite nonfiction read of this year?

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