Nonfiction November 2018: My Year in Nonfiction


Nonfiction November is an annual celebration of Nonfiction. This year it is hosted by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction), and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness). The first prompt is today, and is hosted by Kim.

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?

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Here’s an overview of the Nonfiction books I’ve read thus far this year. I usually get more read, but I’m a little behind this year!

My Favorite Nonfiction This Year – I’d say the best nonfiction book I read this year was Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann. It was an account of the Osage murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s. Tragic and fascinating. I would suggest it to anyone who reads general nonfiction or recent history.

Particular Topic that I Read More Of – Well, I read two each of these three subjects: Mental Health (American Psychosis and No One Cares About Crazy People), Incarceration (Incarceration Nations and Beyond These Walls – not pictured), and Scientology (Beyond Belief and Going Clear).

Nonfiction Book Recommended the Most – Lol. Sorry, I have no idea whether there’s any one book I suggest more often. I tend to suggest books based on people’s interest subjects.

What Do I Hope to Accomplish by Participating in Nonfiction November – I hope to find more bloggers to interact with

31 thoughts on “Nonfiction November 2018: My Year in Nonfiction

    1. Thanks! I haven’t really changed my schedule around to read more Nonfiction than I normally would during Nonfiction November. There’s also a Margaret Atwood blog event and a Science Fiction blog event. So I’m trying to balance my time between the three of those as well as getting through as many ARCs as possible. Busy, busy!


  1. Them sounds really interesting, and I’ve had a copy of No One Cares About Crazy People waiting around for awhile, maybe I’ll try to get to it this month. And I loved Going Clear, one of my favorites. Did you see the documentary? I love that author’s writing in general, his book about Texas from earlier this year surprised me with how much I liked it and The Looming Tower was amazing too, if you haven’t read those.


    1. I loved Looming Tower, as well, which is one of the reasons I wanted to read Going Clear. I have not seen the documentary. Didn’t even know there was one. As far as No One Cares About Crazy People, I felt it had good points and bad points. I think the author idealized his sons too much, making them seem like they were perfect specimens if only they hadn’t had a mental illness. I feel like he was seeing his kids through rose-colored glasses. But he also has a lot of interesting information in the book. 🙂

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      1. The documentary is a must-watch! It’s also called Going Clear and used to be on Netflix, maybe it still is. Really well done, and scary! I mean the book is scary too, to think of this stuff happening, but seeing people talk about is also unnerving.

        That’s good to know about No One Cares About Crazy People. I still want to read it but better to go in knowing it’s got some flaws.


  2. I didn’t know Sam Kean had another book out, I really enjoyed The Violinist’s Thumb. I am intrigued with Killers of the Flower Moon, I saw lot’s of people reading it for challenges this year, and whilst I’m not that into true crime it sounds interesting.


  3. Thanks for joining us this year! I think your list of nonfiction from the year so far looks great. I also loved Killers of the Flower Moon — I’ve recommended it a lot to people in my family who don’t read much nonfiction and they’ve enjoyed it. Going Clear has been on my TBR since it came out and I just never make the time to pick it up.


  4. One of the many reasons I love Nonfiction November is that it’s a chance to catch up – I’m also often “behind” at this time of year! Going Clear is so good, and I’m not sure how I missed No One Cares About Crazy People, I’m going to have to check that one out. Here’s to a month of great reading!


    1. I liked No One Cares About Crazy People, but I felt it had some flaws. The author idolized his sons, and would like you to believe they were perfect, other than their mental illness.

      I am probably not going to read any more nonfiction this month than any other month because I have a lot going on. But I do love celebrating nonfiction.


  5. When Breath Becomes Air was my favourite non-fiction book from a couple of years ago – I still recommend it regularly at work – I also came away from it with a long fiction wishlist – he was a very well read young man.


  6. Going Clear blew my mind! It was the best discussion our book club ever had…we were also googling to see which celebrities were scientologists.


  7. When Breath Becomes Air was a favorite a couple of years ago! Killers of the Flower Moon was a book club read earlier this year. A fascinating story, I especially liked the way is was presented from three angles. Didn’t care much for the audio production though and wished I read it instead. Adding Going Clear to my list.


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