My Year in Non-Fiction (Non-Fiction November: Week One)


It is Week One of Non-Fiction November and Julz from JulzReads has taken the reigns first.

As an introductory topic, Julz has asked that we take a look back at all the books we’ve read this year and answer a series of questions about them.

Here are the non-fiction books I’ve read this year so far:

  • Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
  • The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
  • I Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin
  • Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog
  • Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index by Kathy Griffin
  • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
  • American Indian Stories by Zitkala-Sa
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll: Thirty Years Married to a Rolling Stone by Jo Wood
  • Boy by Roald Dahl


What was your favourite non-fiction read of the year?

For me, it’s been a toss-up between The Good Immigrant and Lakota Woman. I feel as though I read a lot about cultural differences and immigration in relation to the United States but I rarely take the time to read about what’s happening in my own homeland. The Good Immigrant was a fantastic way to do that. It was interesting to see the place that I’m from through the eyes of BAME writers.

Lakota Woman was also a learning experience for me. Not only did I get an introduction to life as a Lakota woman but also learnt a lot about the uprising and protests of the American Indian Movement in the late 60s/early 70s.

What non-fiction book have you recommended the most?

I’ve been bugging everyone back home to read The Good Immigrant as it really is such an important collection of essays.

What is one topic or type of non-fiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

I want to keep learning about indigenous history and the effects of colonialism. I feel like I’ve only recently began to tip my toes into a huge and horrifying past.

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Non-Fiction November?

I love seeing what other people are reading (non-fiction) wise because I’m always on the lookout for more and more recommendations. I also think this will be a great chance to get through my ever-growing TBR.

8 thoughts on “My Year in Non-Fiction (Non-Fiction November: Week One)

  1. You’ve read lots of interesting nonfiction titles this year! Lakota Woman is already on my wish list (hopefully I’ll get to read it this year) and The Good Immigrant sounds like an excellent read.


  2. You’ve read lots of great non-fiction this year! I have a book about indigenous people in Canada that’s on my list for this year called The Inconvenient Indian – it’s been very highly recommended so I’m looking forward to reading it. I hope you can add more to your reading list this month! 🙂


    • Ooh, I’ve actually ordered that book and am still waiting for it to be delivered. 😀 I can’t wait to read it. 😀

      Kristilyn, I’ve been trying to visit your blog but it says the wordpress one no longer insists. Are you blogging elsewhere? 🙂


  3. What a great topic to learn about through nonfiction! I’m trying to a better job reading deliberately this year, so that I’ll get to more books by BAME authors, and it seems like you’re doing a great job of that.


    • Thanks. 🙂 Yeah, I started making a conscious effort to read more diversely last year and have really discovered some incredible reads. 😀 Would recommend it.


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