Nonfiction November Week 1

November 3, 2016 Books 16

Well, I wasn’t really planning on joining up with another reading event/challenge thing this year, but here we are!


The point of Nonfiction November is to read, discuss, and otherwise celebrate all the awesome nonfic lit out there. The hosts have decided on weekly blog post topics, and this week’s topic is….

Your Year in Nonfiction

Well, the year isn’t quite over yet, but here we go:

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Wow, super hard question right out of the box! I’ve been lucky enough to have read some FANTASTIC nonfiction this year. If I had to pick just one favorite, though, I think I’d pick The Food Lab by J. Keni López-Alt — it’s basically my idea of a “perfect” cookbook.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

I’ve been meaning to read more in the way of science nonfic, particularly medical science simply due to the nature of my IRL job. But I also signed up for the Foodies Read challenge again this year, and I haven’t read nearly as many “foodie” books as I meant to. Oops.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Well, partly I just needed a little push to get me to tackle another one or 2 nonfiction titles on my shelves — I’m also doing the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge thing, and yet I still have quite a few books languishing unread downstairs in our little dining-room-turned-library. I’m also interested in interacting with other bloggers who read NF on the regular, too, because the majority of the book bloggers I follow tend to focus mostly on fiction.

This should be fun! Are you doing the challenge too? Holler at me.

16 Responses to “Nonfiction November Week 1”

  1. Amanda

    Food Lab sounds awesome! This sounds so totally up my husband’s alley, I might have to track it down for him. And I followed the link to Serious Eats and they have brussels sprouts recipes and now I’m done for.

    • Louise

      Oh gosh, Food Lab would be a great holiday or birthday present for anyone who likes to “experiment” in the kitchen.

  2. Ellie

    I forget food books count too! We have a lot of recipe books, and a few about the science of cooking but I never think to blog about them. We’re mostly too busy eating, haha! Hope you enjoy nonfiction November.

    • Louise

      The Food Lab is interesting because its recipes are more than just tested for quality control, they’re approached scientifically and in some cases turn conventional kitchen wisdom upside-down. If you like cooking at all, I encourage you to try to find a copy!

  3. Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis

    One of the reasons that I’ve always coveted a copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking is because, as I understand it, she explains why things happen and therefore certain methods work and certain methods don’t.

    That intrigued me because, after nearly half a century in the kitchen, I’m still not sure what I can change in a recipe — particularly in baking. So The Food Lab appeals to me. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  4. Rachel

    I take it you’re a foodie? Cooking is not my forte. I’m always jealous of people who are able to cook fantastic meals, but I guess it’s simply not a priority for me.

    • Louise

      Yeah, I don’t even cook so much these days, but experimenting in the kitchen is one of those hobbies that I get a bug for every now and again. Thankfully in this day and age you don’t *have* to cook much if you don’t want to, there are so many alternatives.

  5. Rachel

    Yeah, I know, year isn’t over yet so how can I say what the best was? I just went by November through November since I participated last year, though. 🙂 If you’re interested in medical nonfic, there’s an award called the Wellcome Trust Book Prize which is for books (nonfiction or fiction) which make medicine more approachable to the public. You should check out the shortlists.

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