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#NonficNov: My Year in Non-Fiction

#NonficNov: My Year in Non-Fiction

Week one is hosted by Julie @ JulzReads

It’s time for Non-Fiction November again. I know there are a few different versions of this but I’m doing the blog-based one hosted by JulzReads, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Doing Dewey, Emerald City Book Review and Sophisticated Dorkiness. They have weekly prompts and there’s no pressure to read certain things.

Your Year in 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?

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, which is about the women who were employed to apply luminous paint to watches, clocks and military instruments. We now know the damage radioactive materials do but this heart-breaking book tells the story of what happened before safeguards were in place.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Probably Persepolis due to its accessibility, humour and insight into life in Iran.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

Travel or non-fiction from other countries. I’m doing a read the world project so would like more international non-fiction. I have also loved reading non-fiction graphic novels, although is there a better term for them? Graphic not-novels?!

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Find lots of books to add to my wishlist! I even read some of the ones I found out about last year, go me! I also hope to read a few non-fiction titles too.

Here’s my complete list of non-fiction read since this time last year (and links to my reviews) if you’re interested in what else I’ve been reading:

The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
A Christmas Cornucopia by Mark Forsyth
Soviet Space Dogs by Olesya Turkina
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
The Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen
You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris
Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
March Book One by John Lewis
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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  1. JoAnn

    I recommend Persepolis quite a bit, too – great series. Atul Gawande is a great writer. Being Mortal was a favorite a couple of years ago and Complications is on my wish list.

    1. Ellie

      I think Complications is an early one and from what I've heard isn't quite as good as his more recent worked. But i liked that it was from the perspective of a more junior doctor. Most of these types of books I've read are from doctors at the end of their careers.

  2. Brona

    Adding Complications to my wishlist – I got a lot of reading Being Mortal a couple of years ago too.

    If you'd like to tackle some Australian non-fiction, my post can help you out!

    March certainly seems to be getting some love as I go around all the posts.

    1. Ellie

      I will definitely check them out.

  3. Nikki (

    There is March on another list! I need to read that one stat. The Radium Girls sounds quite interesting as well… Awesome.

    I just posted about my nonfiction year over here, if you're interested:

    1. Ellie

      I need to get the other parts, it's fantastic I just wish it was in one volume!

  4. Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves)

    Radium Girls is on my TBR list…we'll see if I can get to it this month!

  5. Kim@Time2Read

    The Radium Girls is also my favorite nonfiction read of the year! March is on my TBR list.

  6. Lory

    I remember reading about the radium girls in another book — was it The Poisoner's Handbook? It was so frustrating how they were poisoned and then unable to get the company to admit responsibility. Old story!

  7. Lindsay

    I want to read both "The Radium Girls" and "Persepolis"! I enjoy reading non-fiction about life in (or travel to) other countries too and I like your "read the world" idea. I don't read a TON of graphic novels, but I really got a lot out of "Maus," about the Holocaust.

  8. DoingDewey

    I'm excited to see Radium Girls listed as your favorite and Kim's, because it's my book club read this month! Now I really can't wait to pick it up πŸ™‚

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