Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Nonfiction November 2019

Friday was November 1, and that means one thing...Nonfiction November! I transitioned my reading last weekend from the dark and creepy stuff of October and the RIP XIV Challenge (which I participate in every year and highly recommend) to nonfiction.

My Nonfiction Choices:
For me, Nonfiction November is a great time to read all those nonfiction books (and listen to audios) that have been piling up, since I mostly read fiction. This weekend, I pulled a bunch of great nonfiction books off my over-crowded To-Be-Read bookcase so that I will have plenty to choose from this month (click photo to enlarge):

It's a mix of memoir, self-help, history, and more. I certainly won't get to all of these in one month, but I have some great books to choose from here! In addition to this big pile, I just bought a copy of Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe by Jane Goodall, which I was inspired to read after the amazing novel, Threatened by Eliot Schrefer (review to come).

On the audio side, I just got a copy of the audio book Becoming by Michelle Obama from the library yesterday, a book I have been looking forward to listening to and saving for this month! In addition, I have a backlog of many other digital downloads of audio books I am excited to listen to.

My Nonfiction Kick-off Books:

I have kicked off my month by starting to read In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson, which is compelling and fascinating so far (like all of Larson's books). On audio, I am listening to Lost Child: The True Story of a Girl That Couldn't Ask for Help by Torey Hayden, an intriguing story about a therapist's experiences with a very damaged little girl. And I have already finished a wonderful graphic memoir, Guts by Raina Telgemeier. All in all, a great start to my month of nonfiction so far!

If you also want to join the fun, here are the details:

The co-hosts for Nonfiction November this year are Katie at Doing Dewey, Julz of Julz ReadsRennie of What’s NonfictionSarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves, and Leann of Shelf Aware. The event runs from Oct 28 – Nov 30.
Nonfiction November is a month dedicated to celebrating nonfiction. There will be a link-up for your posts every Monday at one of the above blogs; you can see the schedule of events below (with links):

Week 1 (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1) - Your Year in Nonfiction So Far (Hosted by Julie at Julz Reads)
Week 2 (Nov. 4 to Nov. 8) - Nonfiction / Fiction Book Pairing (Hosted by Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves)
Week 3 (Nov. 11 to Nov. 15) - Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey)
Week 4 (Nov. 18 to Nov. 22) - Nonfiction Favorites (Hosted by Leann at Shelf Aware)
Week 5 (Nov. 26 to Nov. 30) - New to my TBR (Hosted by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?
There will also be an Instagram Challenge! Find all the hosts that are on Instagram: @sarahsbookshelves@julzreads@shelf_aware_, and @doingdewey!

What will you be reading in November?


  1. I'm behind. Better get my nonfiction post up and running..maybe tomorrow. HA! I've read the IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS and had lots of shocked moments. It is surprising how people can fall in love with power and not see it for what it is.

    1. Yes, I keep gasping while reading it...and annoying my husband by interrupting his reading to say, "Did you know...?" (and yes, he already read the book!)

  2. Yay for Nonfiction November! Definitely get to Becoming as it's really interesting.