#NonfictionNovember2016 or Am I Really Doing This?

This month I decided to participate in Nonfiction November run by two booktubers, Olive and Gemma. Why might you ask? I am generally happy to read fiction but in the past two months, I’ve been in a major reading slump so I thought why not read something else. I feel like I’ve read too much YA, some good, and some bad. Most bad, to be honest, and I just could not get myself excited about anything else I currently have lying on my shelves.

Thus when I heard about #NonfictionNovember2016 I thought this is it! Because what else could possibly get me out of my reading slump than a bunch of nonfiction books? Right? Right! Or so I tell myself…

I always perceived nonfiction as something hard to read, like those history books with endless dates and hard to pronounce names and places. Books, written with the sole purpose of jamming all the imaginable facts into what is generally titled ‘a brief history of’. Books of 300+ pages (Would you call that short?) written in a hard to understand language. A brief history of… kind of funny since three out of the six books for my nonfiction November TBR include ‘a brief history of’ in their titles.

Oh well! This is the month I’m going to change my perception of nonfiction books. A Bold claim, but I am determined to succeed. And to make sure that I succeed I chose some good books. Some of them I just ordered and some I already own. I am well aware that I won’t be able to read this many nonfiction books in a single month. Nonetheless, they are going to be on my TBR these following months. I will report back as soon as I read them all to give an overall assessment.

#NonFictionNovember2016 has four categories: new, controversial, important and fascinating, so I’ve chosen some books for each category.

Three of the titles from my #nonfictionnovember2016 tbr. I already started Sapiens and I'm hooked! • My tbr for Nonfiction November contains: 1. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (new) 2. The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine Di Giovanni (important) 3. Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge (important) 4. The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla (controversial) 5. The Brief History of the Vikings by Jonathan Clements (fascinating) 6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (fascinating) • Let's see how this goes! I hereby want to announce my participation in the giveaway for #nonfictionnovember2016 • #bookstagram #inspiretoread #instaread #bookishfeatures #totalbooknerd #goodreads #readmore #bookish #ilovebooks #bookphotography #mutimitolvasol #carteadinmanamea #booklover #instabook #bibliophile #booknerd #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookworm #nonfictionbooks

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NEW Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I already started reading this and I love it. So many recommend this one and now I understand why. It is informative, and the language is easy to understand. I’ve put this in the new category because it is my most recent purchase.

IMPORTANT I chose two books because both were labeled important by one of my favorite booktubers, Jen Campbell. The first is The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine Di Giovanni and the second is Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge. The first is about the war in Syria and refugees, and the second is about gun-related violence and its victims, children in this case.

CONTROVERSIAL I have one book in this category, also one recommended by Jen and it is The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla. The book contains 21 essays by writers of color in the UK talking about their experiences.

FASCINATING I have two books in this category, both of which I have attempted reading a couple of times. These are The Brief History of the Vikings by Jonathan Clements and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. A Brief History of Time was actually called the world’s top unfinished bestseller and I understand why. It’s not an easy read, none of these two are.

I guess I’ll be busy this month…

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