Nonfiction November Week 1: Your Year in Nonfiction

Once again it’s time for Nonfiction November, that time of year when book bloggers around the globe come together to celebrate the wonderful world of nonfiction. As a life-long nonfiction fan, I always look forward to seeing participants’ posts and learning what outstanding works of nonfiction everyone has been reading. Year after year I come away with great book recommendations as I’m introduced to new book blogs. Some years I even manage to pick up an additional subscriber or two.

For Week 1 our host Rennie at one of my favorite blogs What’s Nonfiction kicks it all off by inviting us to look back on 2011 and ask

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?

As for this year’s favorite, six books come to mind. Both on my blog and in conversations with others I’ve praised these works of nonfiction. Look for each one of them to make my year-end Favorite Nonfiction List.

2021, as far as nonfiction goes was also a year of pleasant surprises. I decided to take a chance on these four books, knowing little, if anything about them. Each one exceeded expectations.

It was also a year for old books. As part of my 20 Books of Summer series I read two books published in the 1970s.

As far as particular topics I’ve been attracted to in 2021 as part of my ongoing research project I continue to read books on the Middle East as well as 20th century European history. In addition to those already mentioned above, I was inspired to read these six books.

This year, just like in past years I’ve recommended a number of books. With the exception of Robert Kolker’s Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family those recommended address democracy under threat, and the rise of anti-science and anti-reason.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for right now. But throughout this month I’ll be sharing more posts celebrating Nonfiction November.

22 thoughts on “Nonfiction November Week 1: Your Year in Nonfiction

  1. And so it begins! I already want to add a ton of the books you’ve read this year to my to-read list. Your books you didn’t know much about but which turned out to be really good are definitely catching my attention. I’ve already heard of some of the books on the decline of democracy, like the ones by Anne Applebaum, but others are new to me (Jane Jacobs!) and I definitely think this is a topic I should read more about. Thanks for joining us again this year 🙂


  2. I read several excellent books last year that touch on the theme of the decline of democracy. The two I liked best were Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael Sandel and The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It by Robert Reich.


    • I’ve heard good things about What’s Become of the Common Good? and I want to read it. I’ll read anything by Robert Reich. Sandel’s book sounds good as well. Thanks for the recommendations and thanks for commenting!


  3. This is such an impressive collection of titles! I went to a Silk Road exhibit at my local museum a few years ago and found the whole thing fascinating. I am going to get my hands on the Silk Road book as soon as possible!

    Enjoy NFN!


  4. I loves Surviving Autocracy, that was one of my favorites from last year! I liked what I’ve read of Anne Applebaum’s too but haven’t read her more recent ones. Dark Money was excellent if disturbing, and I finally got around to reading The Demon Haunted World this year too 🙂


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