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Monday, November 1, 2021

Nonfiction November: Week One

Week 1: (November 1-5) – Your Year in Nonfiction with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – 

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? I am a Cybils Judge for Nonfiction. That means I spend all of January and half of February reading nonfiction books from elementary levels through high school. Of the 26 nonfiction books I've read this year 19 of them were Cybils nominees. With this in mind I want to list my favorites by category:

Titles (below) are hyperlinked to my reviews.

Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? Looking over my list of nonfiction titles read in 2021 so far I'd say I'm all over the place. Last year I read a bunch of political books and books about racism/anti-racism. This year my reading took me all over the place but the category that emerged most often was historical with seven titles, and science with five.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? Without a doubt I've recommended The Anthropocene Reviewed more than any other book, fiction and nonfiction alike.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November? As in years past, I hope to read several nonfiction titles and catch up on my reviews of a few others I've read but reviewed yet. I also look forward to finding new TBR suggestions from other participants.




  1. I think I've been recommended The Anthropocene Reviewed more than anything else! Ha! Hope you enjoy the Month!

  2. This is so interesting because I rarely think about nonfiction geared towards a younger audience. I think I need to check out The Anthropocene Reviewed. Thanks for the insight into this side of nonfiction!

  3. The Anthropocene Reviewed sounds like one I'd enjoy... adding to my list. I did a read/listen combination of The Radium Girls adult version and thought it was fascinating. The movie was good, too, but not quite as impactful.

  4. I agree that getting a ton of recommendations is really fun during Nonfiction November. I've already added a couple from your post.


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