Nonfiction November: Your Year in Nonfiction

Looking back over the past year, I’m disappointed by how few nonfiction titles I’ve read. My annual aim is a minimum of two a month but I’ve fallen well short of that.  A few weeks of illness mid year is partially to blame, I’ve been behind on my schedule ever since and I have had to prioritise books received for review in an effort to catch up.

Of those nonfiction books I have read, all, except one, were received by publishers, most of which I requested to meet my goal for the Nonfiction Reader Challenge. To date I’ve read only 12 nonfiction books this year, eight of which specifically satisfy challenge categories.

Because of this no single topic has dominated my reading, which is not a bad thing really. Thankfully none of the titles I read were duds, but two do stand out, both of which I highly recommend.

The first is a memoir, The All of It: A Bogan Rhapsody by Cadance Bell. Written with such sincerity and heart it is an authentic, moving and often funny account of one person’s journey to self acceptance and I would recommend it especially to anyone who may be grappling with their gender identity, or trying to understand someone who is.

The second is Unmask Alice by Rick Emerson, an explosive exposé of the fraud perpetrated by Beatrice Sparks who was the ‘Anonymous’ author of Go Ask Alice and Jay’s Diary. It’s an incredible story of one woman’s hubris and deceit, as well as a fascinating exploration of the enormous cultural impact the books made, which still reverberates fifty years later.


Click here to browse reviews for the other nonfiction titles I’ve read so far this year, shown below .

My goal for Nonfiction November this year is simply to read as much nonfiction as I can.

I have four books that are a priority if I am going to complete my Nonfiction Reader Challenge goal. (Covers are linked to Goodreads)


I also have six nonfiction titles on my review schedule I need to read, though two aren’t being published until 2023. (Covers are linked to Goodreads)


And I’d like to be able to pick a few books from my very long TBR list as well, which I will no doubt be adding to this month. (TOP TIP: Start a blank document now so you can add the books that catch your eye, & who recommended them, over the next four weeks. It makes pulling together your post for Week 5 so much easier.)

Nonfiction November is such fun! Please feel free to leave a link to your post if you are participating, or to your own review of any of the books I’ve shared here.

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Nov 02, 2022 @ 08:14:34

    I need to write my week one post! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 02, 2022 @ 08:25:12

    Phobias & Manias sounds good to me. I look forward to seeing your review.

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  3. stargazer
    Nov 02, 2022 @ 08:47:28

    It looks like a varied selection and 12 nonfiction books is great! Personally, I never set any reading goals. Reading is for fun and you never know what happens in your life or what mood you are in.

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  4. Lisa notes...
    Nov 02, 2022 @ 10:14:30

    Such a fun month to get book recommendations! I’m doing as you suggested and starting a fresh document to keep track of this month’s books to add to my TBR list. You had all new books to me. Thanks for sharing these.

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  5. The Cue Card
    Nov 02, 2022 @ 10:25:57

    Hmm. I like the animal book you have here and I’m also intrigued about the misadventure of a rare bookseller book … was that one good? thanks. I will look for it at my library

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  6. WendyW
    Nov 02, 2022 @ 15:27:08

    I will be rooting for you through the Non Fiction November

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  7. Adrian
    Nov 02, 2022 @ 21:38:11

    Have been taking part in the reader challenge, so I can take part this year. I like the look of the atlas of abandoned places, liked your review. The nocturnal brain is something I think I’d be interested in too. Three more to finish the challenge, nonficnov will hopefully help. This is mine:https://www.bookshelfdiscovery.com/blog/nonfiction-november-my-year-in-nonfiction

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  8. Angela
    Nov 03, 2022 @ 02:29:30

    Scrubbed looks fascinating! I’ve also read way less nonfiction this year than I normally do!

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  9. hopewellslibraryoflife
    Nov 03, 2022 @ 06:15:58

    You’ve got some very interesting stuff here. I’d really like to read the book on Australia’s depression. I’ve read so much about that time here in the USA and heard all my older relatives talk about it, I’m sure it would be very interesting. Also Unmask Alice (she sounds like a current royal in-law) interests me.

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 03, 2022 @ 12:49:45

    So many good books and so little time. Scrubbed is one that I have thought of reading over the years and American Mother also caught my eye.

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  11. whisperinggums
    Nov 03, 2022 @ 22:07:02

    I;m impressed that you actually aim to read two nonfiction books a month! I like nonfiction but I don’t have specific goals like that. Several of your books sound interesting, but the one I’d most like to read is Unmask Alice, given I remember reading Go ask Alice in my teens or early twenties. I had heard about the fraud but had completely forgotten it.

    And, of course, I can highly recommend Telltale. Bird is a great Aussie writer, and this offers such wonderful insight into her and her writing.

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  12. Liz Dexter
    Nov 04, 2022 @ 05:47:58

    Some good and interesting books there. I seem to have missed your review of The All Of It – sounds great but not out here and only gettable in print at great expense, but I’ll keep a look out for it. Happy Nonfiction November!

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  13. WordsAndPeace
    Nov 04, 2022 @ 07:01:00

    Well quality is what counts, and looks like you nailed it!
    One Upon a Tome sounds like a lot of fun.
    I didn’t know about rea-life murder clubs!
    But I’m mostly intrigued by The Nocturnal Brain, thanks!

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  14. hibernatorslibrary
    Nov 04, 2022 @ 16:28:47

    The Nocturnal Brain looks pretty darned interesting!

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  15. Lory
    Nov 05, 2022 @ 00:09:53

    I have not read any of these yet. I’m fascinated by brain science so The Nocturnal Brain looks especially good. Have a great month – yes, it pays to start making a list now of TBR titles and blogs. Otherwise I can’t remember where I saw what…

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  16. Katie | Doing Dewey (@DoingDewey)
    Nov 06, 2022 @ 00:22:25

    Ooh, lots of interesting looking books here! I love learning about other careers, so both The Secret Barrister and Scrubbed jump out at me from your list. Unmask Alice sounds like a fascinating read as well. I’ve not read Go Ask Alice, but I’m intrigued by the scandal of it having been made up.

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  17. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Nov 06, 2022 @ 03:35:27

    Wow you get through a lot of books per year and month. Thanks for your tips on keeping track of what catches our eye to read. All the best

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  18. Jenna @ Falling Letters
    Nov 06, 2022 @ 04:04:57

    ONCE UPON A TOME sounds like a fun read! I do like to pick up a nonfiction title about books every now and then…

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  19. Jaymi @TheOCBookGirl
    Nov 06, 2022 @ 07:33:34

    You are doing great! I found some to add to my own TBR from your list. Thanks for joining in!

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  20. Harry Katz
    Nov 06, 2022 @ 09:48:10

    I’m adding The Nocturnal Brain and The Atlas of Abandoned Places to my TBR. Thanks!

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  22. silverbuttonbooks
    Nov 20, 2022 @ 08:00:49

    I love almost everything on your list! I am adding Sheilas: Badass Women of Australian History to my TBR for sure. Enjoy NFN!

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