Challenging Myself to Participate in “Nonfiction November”

A variety of options to choose from for Nonfiction November 2021. From left to right: Girl in the Woods: A Memoir, The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets, Bossypants, Hollywood Park, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, Crying in H Mart, Catch and Kill, My Own Words, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, The Vagina Monologues, and No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.

There are reading trends and challenges specific to each month of the year that seek to inspire readers to broaden their bookshelves and diversify their reads. “Nonfiction November” is one of them, and it is exactly what it sounds like: it is an initiative that encourages booklovers to read nonfiction during the month of November.

If you were to ask me what I like to read, I would say thrillers, contemporary fiction, and literary fiction. ALL fiction. I am a fiction fanatic through and through: I find it easier to digest, more imaginative, and quicker to read. However, I am challenging myself to read nonfiction this month because although we can learn so much from fictional stories, it is also just as important to read true stories to build knowledge on various people, ideas, and the world around us.

Over the past few months, I’ve acquired a variety of nonfiction from indie bookstores, Little Free Libraries, and Goodwill. I now have a great assortment of nonfiction to choose from including celebrity memoirs, investigative journalism pieces, biographies, autobiographies, an episodic play, and more.

Which one should I read first?



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