Nonfiction November Week 1: Year in Nonfiction

Nonfiction November is here, and Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness is hosting this first week out. My year in non-fiction has been good. It’s been a little odd for me. I’ve taken the time to seek out a TON of non-fiction this year, actually, though having the drive and time to read it all is a neverending struggle.

Let’s start with the books I’ve actually read: 

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America 

Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans (re-read)

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans

Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith by Sarah Bessey

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

I’ve been on fire for a few different topics this year including spiritual memoirs and deep dives into faith and Christianity. I’ve also, as always, been interested in topics related to social justice, women’s issues, feminism, race in America, and my other long-standing interests. My Kindle has a gazillion (not really joking) samples on it, just waiting for me to find the next great book.

These are a few of the books I’m in the middle of:

A People Called Episcopalians: A Brief Introduction to Our Way of Live, Revised by John H. Westerhoff III and Sharon Ely Peterson

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittny Cooper

The Words and Works of Jesus Christ: A Study of the Life of Christ by Dwight J. Pentecost


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  • Eva @ The Paperback Princess

    You’re back!!!! I love it!

    We Were Eight Years in Power was so good. Coates’ work has such weight to it. I expected those essays to be more celebratory and instead found that they took me on a journey through that time that suddenly made our current world make so much more sense. Does that even make sense?

    Do you find that the subject matter you are seeking out exhausts you or fires you up? I only ask because I’ve been shying away from the kind of social justice stuff I had been seeking out.

    • Andi

      Eva! I’m back! It’s good to see you. I completely understand your feelings on We Were Eight Years in Power. His work does have a gravity and weight to it, and I think for that reason I tend to dip in and out of it. Thankfully I’m able to remember where I am and what he wrote before, so I can do that. Not every book works that way for me. I completely understand what you’re asking, too, about whether the subject matter I’m seeking saps me or fires me up. It really depends on the day. I find I have multiple books going all the time right now. There’s usually a social justice book that will sap me if the news is just right for it. I also usually have a faith memoir going that’s more healing. Every day is an adventure!

  • Brona

    I also read Smile (& Sisters) this year – love reading memoirs in graphic form – The Complete Maus was also an amazing graphic non-fiction find this year.

    • Andi

      Yes! Graphic memoirs are some of my faves. It’s been a long time since I’ve read any, so I was tickled to sort of fall into Raina Telgemeier this year when my son got interested in her work. I’ll definitely be buying them all for him to keep him going on reading for school, and it always makes him happy when I’m equally interested in the books. Maus is SO AMAZING! It was the first graphic novel I ever read and the impetus for my studying comics in graduate school. Have you read Persepolis yet? Lucy Knisley? They’re favorites too.

  • iliana

    You’ve read a lot of nonfiction this year! That’s great, lots of interesting titles. I haven’t read any of these but am definitely interested in quite a few.

    • Andi

      Let me know which ones you’re interested in and I’m happy to share more thoughts! I’m so behind on reviewing I just can’t even do more than minis and don’t know where to start with those.

  • Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    That’s such a great list! I’ve wanted to read a lot of the contemporary political books, but I feel like the end up being too heavy for me. They tired me out more than fire me up, I guess, but I’m hoping to get some of that back soon. Glad you’re back and can join us this month!

    • Andi

      I know what you mean, Kim. I keep the political books in the rotation and usually dip in and out of them until I’m done. That helps break it up a bit. Thanks for hosting!

  • Unruly Reader

    Cold Tangerines, and especially its subtitle, caught my attention. I love finding books that help me develop practices for making minor changes with major impact — like noticing the small but important things in life. And let’s just face it: I’m a self-improvement book fiend. : )

    • Andi

      Same here! I already have another one of her books on my Kindle, and I’m looking forward to it. I can get onboard for self-improvement! 😀

    • Andi

      I’m glad too, Debbie! Welcome! I blogged quite a bit at my previous blog (and haven’t moved the posts over) about spiritual issues ( I hope you’ll take a look!

  • Katie @ Doing Dewey

    I’m glad to hear you’ve been enjoying nonfiction this year and I’m very impressed by how much you have going right now. I struggle if I try to read more than one nonfiction book at a time.

    And I feel like this may be belated, but I have to say, I love your new look and tagline! It seems like a good fit for you.

    • Andi

      I’ve become quite the book dipper…dipping in and out as my mood catches me. It’s not ideal because I feel like I make very little progress finishing books, but I’m also not as concerned with my numbers these days, so it all kind goes together. Thank you! I’m loving the new look and feel here, too. Hopefully I can get my old Blogger content imported at some point!

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