Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

This final Nonfiction November prompt is hosted by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction? You can see her host post here. All book title links will take you to their information on Goodreads. While you’re there, go ahead and follow me! (Insert winking emoji here)

Hello, pals! I’m so proud of myself for making it the entire way through this Nonfiction November challenge. Hooray, hooray! This one is going to be FUN, because it’s all about possibility and checking out the unread shelf; anyone spend an inordinate amount of time staring wistfully at those shelves full of untouched pages, just waiting to be consumed and savored? Yeah, neither do I…

I’d like to spend this post recognizing the nonfiction books I want to get my hands on, as well as a few I found over the course of this month!

The Books

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell (mentioned by Kristin at Kristen Kraves Books). This was also on a recent episode of Anne Bogel’s podcast, What Should I Read Next, and she described it as the scariest thing she’d read in recent years. My interest has been piqued. Plus, my local library has this, so I have no excuse not to read it.

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O’Connell (seen on Instagram and recommended by a fellow English major from my college years). Also I’m a mom now, so it seems kind of necessary?

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl (recommended by my local library’s nonfiction shelves, as well as by Deb [CurlyGeek] at The Book Stop): Pretty sure this book has been slapping me in the face with its presence on the planet because it knows how much I need to read it. I love Ruth Reichl, dang it, and I’m going to get to this soon. Soonest.

Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger(also mentioned by Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books): This has been sitting on my shelves unread since a library sale I went to. It was kind of an impulse buy– I’m glad to have a bit of a push to read it soon.

The Library Geek by Susan Orlean (recommended strongly by Deb at The Book Stop): Like Friday Night Lights, this has actually been in my personal library for several months, the difference being that I used an Audible credit for it and have yet to listen because I no longer have the commute I did in the past few years. I was really excited about this one, so I need to find the oompf to read it soon!

Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King (shared by Heather at Based on a True Story): This has LONG been on my list. I think maybe it’s time. I love reading historical books, and this seems to be one of those books about our nation’s history that I keep seeing/hearing recommended.

I realize that not all of these books came to me through the Nonfiction November challenge, and I definitely recognize that none of these were first introduced to me by the challenge, but I can see that seeing these recommended by other writers has given me the final motivation to delay no longer. As well, I have decided to set real, specific goals in my nonfiction reading for 2020. I don’t normally love nonfiction comparatively speaking (most of the time), but this challenge has also forced me to realize that some of the most powerful books I have read are nonfiction.

Thank you, Nonfiction November.

Until next time, happy reading!

5 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

  1. I absolutely loved The Library Book, it was my favorite book from last year. And I just now read Save Me the Plums (after also feeling like everyone everywhere was reading it) and I totally loved it. I only just started reading Ruth Reichl this year but she’s just the best! I’m also curious about Devil in the Grove, I read the author’s most recent book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun, and it was really good. You got such great recommendations!!

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      1. Me either! I’m always in awe of people who make a reading list with actual plans for when to read them. Impossible for me. But better to read them when you’re really in the mood anyway 🙂


  2. The Maggie O’Farrell is a good choice. Some of the episodes she mentions are not exactly brushes with death but are interesting nevertheless. By the time we get towards the end and we learn about the medical problems her baby daughter experiences, I had tears in my eyes (not the best thing to happen when you are driving the car while listening to her narrate the book)


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