Week one is here, huzzah! First up is a look at our 2017 nonfiction reading. Out of the 88 books I’ve read so far this year 22 have been nonfiction, an even (…ly odd) 25%. Despite the low numbers three out of my four five star books have been nonfiction! Now to share some of them with you:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
I adore A Simple Story by Leila Guerriero. It’s the rarest of the rare, translated nonfiction (well done rendering it in English, Frances Riddle!), and is a fascinating look at an Argentinian dance competition. People practice for years in order to be the best malambo dancer, which includes the “honor” of never being able to complete again. Why do they train so hard to effectively end their careers? Superbly written and unforgettable.
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso. It has a pull, and after seeing a couple of the aphorisms you just have to read the whole book.
“Worry is impatience for the next horror.”
“The first beautiful songs you hear tend to stay beautiful because better than beauty, which is everywhere, is the memory of first discovering beauty.”
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
I usually find a way to talk myself out of biographies – too long, too boring-looking, too old….
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
This is my first year doing Nonfiction November and I’m excited just to be participating! I hope to meet a bunch of nonfiction lovers and have great conversations about books while growing my TBR.