Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Nonfiction November 2019


Saw a couple of Nonfiction November posts and thought I'd try to participate this year. I am following the initial post via JulzReads. I think I did the Instagram version last year. If you have an account, here are the Instagram categories for 2019:


Week One category is: My Year in Nonfiction



About People
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton
I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor by Laura Hillman
My Journey to America by Newzad Brifki
Tortured For Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom by Corrie Ten Boom



Pioneer-ish
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscape That Inspired the Little House Landscape by Marta McDowell
The Wyoming Ranch Letters by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Steward
West From Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder



Histories
The Story of the Great Republic by Hélène A. Guerber
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
The Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau

Political
The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings by Karl Marx
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Common Sense by Thomas Paine


Educational
A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders by Oliver DeMille

Religious/Relational
A Christian Manifesto by Francis A. Schaeffer
Change Me: The Ultimate Life-Change Handbook by Rick Thomas
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick
The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

 

Juvenile (but not)
Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman
When Cowboys Rode the Chisholm Trail by James McCague
The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Benjamin Wiker
Princess of the Press: The Story of Ida B. Wells-Barnett by Angela Shelf Medearis
Stories from the History of Rome by Mrs. Beesly

Questions:
What was your favorite nonfiction of the year? 
My absolute favorite was I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree by Laura Hill. An extremely close second was Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt. Also, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom is an all-time favorite.

Do You have a particular topic you have been attracted to this year?
Many of my book choices were based on reading challenges, so they center on history or Christian-themed; however, pioneer books stood out because of my interest in that area.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
I have recommended both I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree and Letters of a Woman Homesteader, with great success! I guess I know what my best reading buddy likes.

And more about these books listed in this post...
I would also recommend The Mystery of the Periodic Table to those curious about chemistry. What a fantastic little read through scientific history. (And I have very little interest in science.)

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is massive, but worth it. If you like reading about the Romans, you should commit to this for a year.

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is beautiful. If you love nature and gardening, and don't live in the barren desert like I do, you may enjoy taking a look at this book.

If you like lists, especially book lists...you may like to see the one at the end of A Thomas Jefferson Education. 

Finally, not that I would recommend the particular title I read to my kids, but if you have an interest in women in history - trailblazers, women of AMAZING courage -  I would suggest reading about Ida B. Wells. My kids and I read a juvenile version of her life...and I was so inspired, I bought a biography and her journal to read next year. I cannot wait! IDA B. WELLS! Check her out!

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8 comments:

Cleo @ Classical Carousel said...

Wow, you've read so much non-fiction that I'm envious. I wish I had 10 time the amount of time I do have to read.

What did you think of The Emotionally Destructive Marriage? Someone loaned it to me so I'd love to get your opinion before I dig into it.

Okay, hopefully I can get to some non-fiction before the year is out. You've inspired me!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Cleo. I think I have just one more NF on my list for the year.

About The Emotionally Destructive Marriage...it was excellent. I found it encouraging and insightful. The author is pro marriage, and her goal is for healing, so she doesn't husband bash. I think it would be helpful for anyone to read this, whether they think they are in an emotionally destructive marriage or not; it certainly would clear up any doubt.

Hope that helps.

Marian H said...

What a great list! I'm fondly remembering your reviews from earlier this year, not to mention the Wollstonecraft readalong. :) I'll look up Ida B. Wells!

Ruth said...

Thanks, Marian! I think Ida is an interesting character with an amazing history that not many know about.

Carol said...

I might try & join in, not that Ive read anywhere near as much non-fiction as you this year, but I do have a couple Ive finished. BTW I’m commenting on Chrome which seems to be working for me. At last!!

Paula Vince said...

I Will Plant you a Lilac Tree sounds like such a powerful, great read. Thank you for the recommendation. You've read a great lot of non-fiction.

Ruth said...

Paula, Laura Hill's memoir was an excellent read, and bc it is considered young adult, it is a quick read. It won't disappoint.

Ruth said...

Hi, Carol, I'm glad to hear that Chrome is working for you.