It’s time for Nonfiction November again! Olive, from abookolive, hosts this reading challenge every year to encourage us all to read more nonfiction books. I absolutely love this readathon because while I have an endless list of nonfiction books I want to read, I never end up doing so. I have a list of books I own either in physical form or on my Kindle to choose from during the next month. To be honest, I might pick a nonfiction book from Scribd or Storytel too, which are audiobook apps.
The first prompt of the reading month is past time or pastime. You can interpret all of these prompts as you wish, by the way!
For this prompt, I have 4 books to choose from (for now).
I’ve had SPQR by Mary Beard on my Kindle for so long, and I still haven’t finished it. I’m fascinated by the Roman Empire so I don’t understand why I haven’t read this yet. I also recently got a copy of King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild. If you are unaware, Leopold was the king of Belgium who colonized Congo. I am Belgian, and sad to say that we aren’t taught much about our colonization of Congo in history classes in school. I find that utterly shameful, so I’m hoping to become more knowledgeable on the topic. I could also read The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore, which I’ve been meaning to pick up for ages. All those books could fit for the ‘past time’ prompt.
For the pastime prompt, I could pick up Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel, which has been on my to-read list since my friend Ely talked about it. If I’m not mistaken, it’s all about sports and feminism.
I have three books that could fit perfectly for the “self” prompt. The first is The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga. This just sounds like something I need in order to stop apologizing all the time and stop fearing what other people think of me. I could also read The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight. Once again, something I could definitely use. A slightly different perspective for the last one… I might pick up I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell. I shelved this under “self” because it’s an autobiography.
My previous pick of King Leopold’s Ghost could also work for the “shelf” category because it’s a very recent addition to my shelf. Or SPQR because it’s been on my to-read shelf for ages…
For “wander” I chose A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa, which is the story of the author’s life in North Korea, his escape, and his repatriation to Japan.
For “wonder” I could go with Muses, Madmen and Prophets by Daniel B. Smith. This is a book about auditory hallucinations through the ages which I guess is something I’ve been intrigued by. Listen, I was curious enough to buy it so I feel like it fits under this category.
I don’t have any reading plans for this category!
There you have it, my list of possibilities for Nonfiction November! By no means am I planning on reading all of these. I just want to have my pick for the month and see how much I end up reading. It might be just one of them, or three or five. You never know!