Nonfiction November, Week #1: My Year in Nonfiction

November 2, 2017 audiobook, books, non fiction 10

I hadn’t planned on participating in this event, but the more I thought about it I realize I do enjoy nonfiction books and I’d like to learn about more, and share the books that I’ve really enjoyed.

I don’t really plan or set out to read nonfiction.  When I hear about a great book I look for it, either in audio or in print.  I seem to like biographies, oddly I’m reading or listening to two right now.  So my list is small in comparison to many readers, but this just opens up my world to many other books.

So here is the humble list of what nonfiction I’ve read this year:

I listened to the audio of this book in February of this year and it was fascinating. I was partially interested in it because of just the name and the connotation of the type of hospital it was.  I’d also been watching the CineMax series The Knick, and wanted to know more about the older hospitals of New York.  There were a few dry parts but overall this was very good.

This was a book club choice and I also listened to the audio version.  Seriously who could think a book that discusses Antonine Plague, Bubonic Plague, Dancing Plague, Small Pox,Syphilis, TB, Cholera and more could be so entertaining. I learned about the beginnings of these diseases and the fallacies behind the cures and the break throughs in medical science that lead to wiping many of them out.   The writing is almost snarky at times and the narration was top notch.  I can’t recommend this one high enough. It made for great book club discussion too.

No surprise I listened to the audio of this too…starting to see a trend here.  Very enjoyable, lots of time discussing Gilmore Girls and the new re-boot which came out just about the same time.  Lauren Graham narrated the book and I enjoyed her work as much as her on screen work.

I prefer to listen to these summer books by the team of mom and daughter Scottoline and Serritella.  Short essays, most chapters back and forth between mom and daughter and mostly all very humorous, but often on more serious topics.  Well done.  If you’ve never read or listened to these books worth your time.

So unless I’m missing something, this is my small list of nonfiction books I’ve read this year.  I clearly prefer to listen to my nonfiction.  I can put my hands on a few physical books on my shelves but they are sparse.

I really want to up my game…so looking to see your recommendations.  Stop by JulzReads for other posts and her list of nonfiction books.

Thanks to the lovely bloggers listed in the header for hosting this event.  They are all rock stars!


10 Responses to “Nonfiction November, Week #1: My Year in Nonfiction”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I’ve been seeing Bellevue around a lot in NN posts! Sounds super creepy!

  2. lakesidemusing

    Glad you decided to join Nonfiction November! I loved Bellevue, too, and think Get Well Soon is definitely my kind of audio. Think I’ll give Scottoline and Serritella a try, too.

  3. Kazen

    I may be biased because I work in medicine, but I love reading about diseases too! If you’d like to try something similar there’s Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Maryn McKenna. The title says it all! 😉

  4. Kristilyn

    I loved Lauren Graham’s book! I’ve read lots of fiction on diseases but I need to find more non-fiction that is accessible to me … it’s a very interesting topic.

  5. litandlife

    I really think I need to get the Lauren Graham book for my niece who is only her fourth (fifth?) time watching all of the Gilmore Girl episodes.

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