Monday, 12 October 2020

Non-fiction November 2020


Another favourite challenge is coming up, namely Nonfiction November. Hosted by Katie@Doing Dewey, Rennie@What's Nonfiction, Julie@Julz Read and Leann@Shelf Aware. As you see below, they will host one week each.

As usual, each week is filled with a challenge as regards Nonfiction. It will be exciting to exchange views on our different interests when it comes to Nonfiction. 

Week 1: (November 2-6) – Leann will be kicking things off with Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favourite 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?  

Week 2: (November 9-13) – I’ll be rocking Book Pairing: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be an “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story. 

Week 3: (November 16-20) – Rennie is asking you to Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert). 

Week 4: (November 23-27) – Katie’s rounding things up with New to My TBR : It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! 

Week 5: (Nov. 30) – To cap the month off, we’ll be talking nonfiction via podcast.

This year's reading

I have read 18 Nonfiction books so far this year (from my own shelves and from the library). My TBR shelves host another 92 nonfiction books. My favourite nonfiction subject is history. I cannot say exactly what I will be reading, will leave some 'spur of the moment' decisions. However, I would like to mix the subject. From my list:


Having recently visited Delft in the Netherlands, I bought two books about the city and its most famous citizen, the painter Johannes Vermeer.

- Vermeer's Little Street, A View of the Penspoort in Delft by Frans Gruzenhout

- A View of Delft, Vermeer Then and Now by Anthony Bailey


I have a couple of books about evolution and it might be time to read them:

- Min europeiska familj, De senaste 54000 åren (My European Family, the latest 54000 years) by Karin Bojs

- Evolutionen och jag (The Evolution and I) by Johan Frostegård


Always interesting to read books about literature, how to read and ways of interpreting them.

- How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster


How should we approach and live life? Big questions. Jordan Peterson's book was talked about when it came out, and now might be the time to read it. 

- 12 Rules for Life, An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson


One of the most talked-about, and prize-winning book in Sweden in 2019. The lives of eels turned exciting. 

- Ålevangeliet (The Gospel of Eels) by Patrik Svensson

That is seven books. Let's see where we are at the end of November. 

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