I don’t know about you, but when I hear “nonfiction,” I have a negative association. I think of boredom and grinding to push through books that don’t excite me.
Although I’m not an avid nonfiction reader, I’ve read enough to know that this negative connotation is completely inaccurate. Sure, nonfiction can be dry and dense if your experience is reading textbooks. But, nonfiction can also be riveting, exciting, and life-changing!
What is Nonfiction November?
Nonfiction November is a trend that’s gained significant traction over the past few years. In essence, it’s a time to focus on reading nonfiction titles. For some, this challenge is the encouragement needed to step out of the comfort zone and read from a genre not often explored. For others, this is an opportunity to lead groups of readers, host weekly challenges, and amplify nonfiction titles.
I fall somewhere in the middle. Historically, I read 8-10 nonfiction books a year. A strong number, but this only makes up less than 10% of my yearly total.
I look forward to November to help with my nonfiction reads because there’s strength in numbers. It’s motivating and fun to be exploring this genre with other readers on social media.
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Here are seven of my favorite nonfiction recommendations for a great Nonfiction November:
Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results
“No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving – every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.”No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving – every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.”
“Finding Me is a deep reflection, a promise, and a love letter of sorts to self. My hope is that my story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.”
“Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening—as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the audiobook fans have been waiting for.”
“Javier Zamora’s adventure is a three-thousand-mile journey from his small town in El Salvador, through Guatemala and Mexico, and across the U.S. border. He will leave behind his beloved aunt and grandparents to reunite with a mother who left four years ago and a father he barely remembers. Traveling alone amid a group of strangers and a “coyote” hired to lead them to safety, Javier expects his trip to last two short weeks.”
“Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.“
“Glamour, danger, liberation: in a Mad Men–era of commercial flight, Pan Am World Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out, and wanted up.”
Let me know what nonfiction you’re reading this month! Check out more of my favorite books of 2023 right here!