Today I’m joining Nonfiction November (for the very first time!) to share my nonfiction year in review. If you’re unfamiliar with Nonfiction November, it’s a month of blog posts dedicated to nonfiction. Five book bloggers join together to celebrate this often overlooked genre. For the first week, Julz of Julz Reads, is our host!
We’re sharing highlights of our nonfiction reads in 2019. I’m well aware that I’m not exactly a prolific nonfiction reader, but I assumed I’d have at least 5 or 6 books to sort through. Wrong! I can’t believe it, but I only read 3 nonfiction books so far this year! Clearly Nonfiction November has come at the right time. Since there are so few, I’ll share mini reviews of each of my nonfiction reads this year. I’ll also let you know which was my favorite!
Usually if I read nonfiction, I cover a range of topics. That’s obvious with my selections for 2019. Included in my list is a memoir, a book about Christianity, and a hilarious reflection on motherhood. The more surprising fact is that no narrative nonfiction made the list. Usually these are my favorite types of nonfiction (and I’m actually planning a full list of the best options later this month)! Read on to find out my thoughts about the three nonfiction books I read this year.
My 2019 Nonfiction Reads
Comfort Me With Apples by Ruth Reichl
Maybe this book was the reason I haven’t read much nonfiction this year. Sadly, it was one of my least favorite books overall in 2019 so far. I’ve read a few of Reichl’s other books and absolutely adored them, so I had high hopes for this too. Unfortunately, I found myself reading about her questionable personal choices and failing marriage rather than enticing foodie moments.
The Problem of God by Mark Clark
I first heard about this book from the pastor of my church. He preached a sermon series focused on understanding the difficult questions skeptics have about Christianity. At the end, he encouraged us to read Mark Clark’s book for more detailed discussions. Mark Clark certainly isn’t the only author to tackle this topic, but his method is approachable and easy to understand. I appreciated that it wasn’t 400 pages long and each topic was broken down into separate chapters. I highly recommend for those who have questions about Christianity’s take on science, the accuracy of the Bible, the nature of Jesus, and more.
#IMomSoHard by Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley
My most recent nonfiction read was actually an audiobook. Kristin and Jen share their hilarious and sometimes sentimental take on the reality of motherhood. From pregnancy to mom fashion to dealing with husbands, they don’t hold back! I related to so much of the content in this book and loved hearing how other moms deal with the joys and stresses that come with parenting. This is easily my favorite nonfiction read of 2019 so far and one of my top overall books as well.
What was your favorite nonfiction book of 2019? Did you read any that you disliked?