Who knew five years ago when the wonderful hosts of #NonFictionNovember dreamed up their annual celebration of all things non-fiction, that on the other side of world I’d be dreaming up my very #AusReadingMonth for exactly the same month!
Over the five years I have tried to juggle both challenges by highlighting as many Australian non-fiction reads as possible, but things tend to get a little crazy weird by the end of the month!
Undeterred by past blogging madness, I once again embark on two of my favourite reading challenges at once (the other two favourites being Paris in July and Austen in August).
JulzReads is hosting the first week of Nonfiction November and has asked us to complete a few getting to know you type questions.
My Favourite Non-Fiction Reads of the past year:
A lot of my non-fiction this year has been of a political or historical nature.
At home, my reading has mostly been about our inglorious history with the Aboriginal population.
The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia by Bill Gammage
The Australian Dream: Blood, History and Becoming by Stan Grant
Dark Emu, Black Seeds by Bruce Pascoe
I’ve also been tempted by Australian design and health books.
Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture edited by Dean Dewhirst
The Case Against Fragrance by Kate Grenville
Keeping It Off by Michelle Bridges
In anticipation of my trip to Cuba and Mexico in January 2017, I read some travel stories, histories and oodles of travel guides.
Cuba Diaries by Isadora Tattlin
Travelers’ Tales Mexico edited by James O’Reilly & Larry Habegger
I would happily recommend all of the above if the topic is of interest to you, but the few that I have been raving about to anyone who will listen are below.
Travels With Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski
This was one of the books I travelled through Cuba and Mexico with.
If you’re a traveller, or have a love of Herodotus, or enjoy memoirs by foreign correspondent journalists then you will ADORE this book too.
The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton
I love Tim Winton’s books, even the ones that don’t quite work.
However this gorgeous book of essays was delicious and engaging from start to finish.
Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru by Madelene Gleeson
A challenging read full of passion and thoughtful writing, Gleeson tackles the vexatious issue of the worldwide refugee crisis and how we in Australia are dealing with it (or not).
Neon Pilgrim by Lisa Dempster
Another Aussie abroad! We’re everywhere!
But this one was different.
Dempster attempted the Japanese 88 Temples Pilgrimage a decade ago.
This is her tale.
Immensely readable with lots of great stuff about Japan, Buddhism and personal courage.
Genre I Haven’t Read Enough of this Year:
I love memoirs, but haven’t been tempted by very many at all this year.
Do you have a favourite you could recommend to me?
My Hopes & Goals:
1. To explode my non-fiction TBR wishlist!
Go on! Tempt me!
2. I’m travelling to Japan in 2018 & would love some suggestions for more reading material.
I’ve read Neon Pilgrim, Wrong About Japan by Peter Carey & most of the Japan Lonely Planet.