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November 27, 2018


#NonFicNov wk 5 Thanks for sharing your books!

by N@ncy


Week 5: (Nov. 26 to 30) – New to My TBR (Katie @ Doing Dewey): It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book


  1. Here is my list of YOUR books….that I want to read (TBR).
  2. It’s important to read outside of your experience,
  3. outside of your time,
  4. outside of your comfort zones.
  5. That is the most important take-away  #NonFicNov!


  1. I’ve sifted through 73 posts and
  2. always found 2 books I’d like...
  3. …be it about:
  4. theatre, mental health, race, parenting and play, politics
  5. …memoir, foodie, travel, basic income, health issues, women’s rights
  6. …US First ladies, true crime (…not my comfort zone!)
  7. …essayism, perfect storms, tsunami’s, or inspirational books
  8. …like Educated, Tools of the Titans, In praise of Slow,
  9. …Daring Greatly
  10. …Living alone and Liking it and
  11. …C. Strayed’s Wild.


  • Thanks  to the readers for sharing your best non-fiction!
  • Thanks to hosts…
  1. Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, 
  2. Katie at Doing Dewey
  3. Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness,
  4. Julz at Julz Reads,
  5. Rennie at What’s Nonfiction
  6. #NonFicNov



  1. Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
  2. One Woman Walks Wales by Ursula Martin

Kazan @AlwaysDoing

  1. Command and Contorl – E. Schlosser
  2. The Clothing of Books – J. Lahiri

Angela @LiteraryWanderer

  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – N. deGrasse Tyson
  2. In Harms Way – D. Stanton

Kate @BooksAreMyFavoriteAndBest

  1. Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee
  2. My Salinger Year – J. Rakhoff

Julie @JulzReads

  1. Hell is S Green – Lt. W. Diebold
  2. The Unexpected Truth About Animals – L. Cooke

Allison @MindJoggle

  1. Prairie Fires – C. Fraser
  2. Unbroken – L. Hillenbrand

Rachel @Hibernator’sLibrary

  1. Killers of the Moon Flower – D. Grann
  2. Them – B. Sasse

Sue @WhisperingGums

  1. House of Grief – H. Garner
  2. Isaac’s Storm – E. Larson

Cathy @746Books

  1. The Empty Space – P.  Brook
  2. What is Theatre? – E. Bentley

Helen @SheReadsNovels

  1. A Tudor Christmas – A. Weir
  2. The Plantagenets – D. Jones

Debbie Rogers@ExUrbanis

  1. In Pursuit of  Memory – J. Jebelli
  2. The Paper Garden – M. Peacock

Emma @WordsAndPeace

  1. Democracy in Chains – N. MacLean
  2. Fear – B. Woodward

Tina @ TbrEtc

  1. Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates
  2. I‘d Rather Be Reading – A. Bogel

Katherine @TheWriterlyReader

  1. NeuroTribes – S. Silberman
  2. Thunderstruck – E. Larson

Deb Nance @Readerbuzz

  1. Leonardo da Vinci – W. Isaacson
  2. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of The Supreme Court – J. Toobin

Ellie @CuriosityKilledTheBookworm

  1. The Idiot Brain – D. Burnett
  2. Born a Crime – T. Noah

Raidergirl3 @AnAdventureInReading

  1. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – M. McNamara
  2. The Ghost Map – S. Johnson

Reese @Typings

  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – F. Douglass
  2. Essayism – B. Dillon

Rory @LiteraryMixtape

  1. Fire Season – P. Connors
  2. John Muir and the Ice That Started a fire

Margaret @BooksPlease

  1. Painting as a Pastime – W. Churchill
  2. Why We Sleep – M. Walker

Tara @Running ‘n’ Reading

  1. The Line Becomes a River – F. Cantú
  2. Educated – T. Westover

Brona @Brona’sBooks

  1. Ghosts of the Tsunami – R. Parry
  2. The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire – C. Hooper

Iliana @Bookgirl’s Nightstand

  1. How to Travel Without Seeing:  Dispatches New Latin America – A. Neuman/J.Lawrence
  2. Code Girls – L. Mundy

Sarah @Sarah’s Bookshelves

  1. I Am. I Am, I Am – M. O’Farrell
  2. Red Notice – B. Browder

Tina says @BooksAreMyThing

  1. The Newcomers – H. Thorpe
  2. Shoe Dog – P. Knight

Louise @AStrongBeliefInWicker

  1. The Art of Frugal Hedonism – A. Raser-Rowland
  2. The Art of Living Alone and Loving It – J. Mathews

Susie @NovelVisits

  1. From the Corner of the Oval – B. Dorey-Stein
  2. Forty Autumns – N. Willner

Rennie @What’sNonfiction?

  1. The Library Book – S. Orlean
  2. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen – L. Colwin

Andi @Estellasrevenge

  1. We Were Eight Years in Power – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Eloquent Rage – B. Cooper

Paula @BookJotter

  1. Why Do  Birds Suddenly Disappear – L. Parikian
  2. Suffragette: The Battle for Equality – D. Roberts

Michael @InexhaustibleInvitations

  1. Hunger – R. Gay
  2. Hope in the Dark – R. Solnit

Nikimags @SecretLibraryBlog

  1. The Light in the Dark – H. Clare
  2. If They Only Didn’t Speak English – J. Sopel

Valorie Grace Hailinan @BooksCanSaveALife

  1. Great Tide Rising – K. Moore
  2. The Wilderness Warrior – D. Brinkley

Stacey @UnrulyReader

  1. Heating Cooling: 52 Micro Memoirs – B. Fennelly
  2. We’re Going to Need More Wine – G. Union

Maphead @Maphead’sBookblog

  1. Playing With Fire – L. O’ Donnell
  2. When They Come for Us We’ll be Gone – G. Beckerman

Melissa @I’dRatherBeAtPemberley

  1. War on Peace – Ronan Farrow
  2. So You Want to Talk About Race – I. Olou

B.I.P @BuriedInPrint

  1. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus – C. Mann
  2. Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet – C Off

Dana @LittleLovelyBooks

  1. Sons and Soldiers – B. Henderson
  2. Never Caught – E. Dunbar

Lou @LouLouReads

  1. The Vaccine Race – M. Wadman
  2. The Radium Girls – K. Moore

JoAnn @LakesideMusing

  1. Waking Up White – D. Irving
  2. White Fragility – R. DiAngelo

Kelly @StackedBooks

  1. All You Can Ever Know – N. Chung
  2. A Dream Called Home – R. Grande

Eva @ThePaperbackPrincess

  1. The Blood of Emmett Till – T. Tyson
  2. Shrewed – E. Renzetti

Kay @WhatMeRead

  1. The Last White Rose – D. Seward
  2. (posted only 1 book)

Karen @BookerTalk

  1. Do No Harm – H. Marsh
  2. The Wicked Boy – K. Summerscale

Carrie @Other WomensStories

  1. Betty Ford – L. McCubbin
  2. Upstairs at the White House – J.B. West

Jean @HowlingFrog

  1. Danubia – S. Winder
  2. Meeting the Remarkable Manuscripts – C. de Hamel

Brandy @ReadingBeyond

  1. Factfulness – Hans Rosling
  2. Destiny of the Republic – C. Millard

Melissa @MelissaFirman

  1. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – D. Pink
  2. On Writing: A. Memoir of the Craft – S. King

Heather @BasedOnATrueStory

  1. Have Dog Will Travel – S. Kuusisto
  2. The New Farm – B. Preston

Amanda @GunInActOne

  1. A Higher Loyalty – James Comey
  2. Killing Pablo – M. Bowden

O @QuaintAndCuriousVolumes

  1. Virginia Woolf – M. Whitworth
  2. The Letters of Vriginia Woolf vol 1

Rita @BookishRita

  1. Eating Animals – J. Foer
  2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Y. Harari

Katie @DoingDewey

  1. Black Ink – S. Stokes
  2. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicone Valley Startup – J. Carreyrou

Sue @BookByBook

  1. H is for Hawk – H. MacDonald
  2. Happiness is a Choice You Make – J. LeLand

Dee @Dee’sBookblog

  1. The Sun Does Shine – A. Hinton
  2. Bloodsworth – T. Junkin

Lisa @ANZLitLovers

  1. Letting Go – C. Corke
  2. 1947: When Now Begins – E. Åsbrink

Lance @SportsBookGuy

  1. I could not find a #NonFicNov post
  2. ….just a few of his sportbook reviews (..ho…hum)

Jaymi @OrangeCountyReaders

  1. Behind Enemy Lines – M. Cohn
  2. Ghost in the Wires – K. Mitnick

Sharlene @RealLifeReading

  1. The Diary of a Bookseller – S. Bythell
  2. (I read her other books!)

Beth @Bibliobeth

  1. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – M. Roach
  2. Mapping the Mind – R. Carter

MaryR @BibliographicManifestations

  1. Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell – D. Yaffe
  2. Soul Food: The Suprising Story of Ameican Cuisine – A. Miller

Cathy @WhatCathyReadNext

  1. Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink – A. McCarten
  2. Memory-Hold-The-Door – J. Buchan

Heather @Gofita’sPages

  1. These Truths: A History of the US (chunkster!) – Jill Lepore
  2. The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote – E. Weiss

Juliana @The[Blank]Garden

  1. A Secret Sisterhood – E. Midorikawa
  2. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath – G. Crowther

Molly @SilverButtonBooks

  1. Grit – A. Duckworth
  2. 1000 Books to read Before You Die (2018) – J. Mustich

Lynn @Smoke&Mirrors

  1. The New Jim Crow – M. Alexander
  2. The Boys in the Boat – D.J. Brown

Hannah @TheCozyReadingNook

  1. Bringing Up Bébé – P. Druckerman
  2. Play: how it shapes the Brain – S. Brown jr.

Rebecca @BookishBeck

  1. The Book of Separation – T. Mirvis
  2. Memories of a Catholic Childhood – M. McCarthy

Katheleen @SMS NonfictionBookReviews

  1. There’s a Boy in Here – J. Barron
  2. Making Peace with Autism – S. Senator

Lory @TheEmeraldCity

  1. I Don’t Want to Talk About It – T. Real
  2. Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales – M. von Franz

Joli @LiteraryQuicksand

  1. Educated – T. Westover
  2. (posted only 1 book)

Kim @SophisticatedDorkiness

  1. Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama – D. Pfeiffer
  2. West Wingers – G. Raghavan

Vera @UnfilteredTales

  1. Tools of Titans – T. Ferris
  2. Daring Greatly – B. Brown


Reserve list:

  1. Just Mercy
  2. The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brain
  3. American Radical
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45 Comments Post a comment
  1. Michael
    Nov 27 2018

    Comprehensive and helpful list! Thanks for sharing all the books you’ve come across—there are so many interesting ones here.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nov 27 2018

      Everyone has some great books to share. This is a good reference for non-fiction reading TBR 2019 and at the same time a blog roll of my favorite non-fiction readers! I’ll be saving this post as a PAGE in my sidebar. Thanks for your kind words!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Nov 27 2018

    Thanks for sharing this list, so helpful and thorough – it must have taken you ages! It’s an excellent record of November’s Nonfiction posts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nov 27 2018

      I was fascinated with your book choices Why We Sleep and
      Churchill’s book Painting as a Pastime. I read his book The Finest Hour.
      It is a long read but he mentioned insights that I never read anywhere else about
      WW II. I ‘ll be following your posts closely!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nov 27 2018

        Thank you, Nancy!

        I also have Churchill’s six volume series of The Second World War, of which vol 2 is Their Finest Hour, but as yet I haven’t read any of them! Their length – and weight – has rather put me off starting them.

        I’ll be following your posts too.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Nov 27 2018

    Such a great post, I have so many new books on my reading list now thanks to this beautiful NonFiction November celebration but am taking further notes from your list as well. Thank you.

    And thanks for stopping by, I really hope you will enjoy Daring Greatly, it’s one of my favourite books.


    • Nov 27 2018

      How could I pass up books with titles like Daring Greatly and Tool of the Titans!
      B.Brown is a new author for me (Daring Greatly) studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers.
      I limited myself to 2 books per blog but I want to read So you’ve Been Publicly Shamed as well.
      I’ve got your blog on NonFicNov blogroll and will be visiting often!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nov 27 2018

        Thank you for your kind words.

        I honestly hope you will enjoy those books. Tim Ferriss has an excellent podcast as well, where he interviews many interesting people. His Tools of the Titans is sort of a summary of those interviews. If you enjoy listening to podcasts when walking / doing chores, it could be a nice introduction to Ferriss’ world of relentless curiously.

        Happy reading. 😊📚

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Nov 27 2018

    Oh wow, Nancy, this is a great resource!

    And, thanks for choosing two of mine – I can recommend them, haha!


    • Nov 27 2018

      I read your review ‘A Writing Life Helen Garner and Her Work’ (B. Brennan) dd. 29 Dec 2017 and was captivated! Reading about an author is one of my favorite non-fictin reads. The biography was intense and I was not sure I was ready for Helen Garner’s masterpieces…now I am. Erik Larson is a new author for me….so I hope it will be good! Love all your resource posts on WhisperingGums…. I use the so often! Thanks for your comments, Sue!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nov 27 2018

        I always enjoyed visiting your blog – usually when I’m compiling the monthly AWW round-up because you are usually there supporting our women writers!

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Nov 27 2018

    That’s some TBR you’ve just created! Good luck with locating and reading them.


    • Nov 27 2018

      I have a whole year 2019 to work in this list!
      Did you read any memorable non-fiction this year?


      • Nov 27 2018

        I often start the year with nonfiction and true to form sis so in 2018 with Kathleen Jamie’s second collection of nature essays Sightlines, followed not long after by Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions. Both writer’s I’d read almost anything by. I’m in a memoir phase currently, but reading more critically than for pleasure, as I try and absorb the lessons and apply it to my own writing. Reading Lorna Sage’s Bad Blood at the moment, she has a clever way with words and had an incredible memory, aided by the diaries of her Grandfather for a couple of pertinent years in her family history.

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  6. Nov 27 2018

    I’m not sure I dare to even look at all those books listed without fear that I end up buying so many of them the ceilings in my house will complain……. thanks for doing all this hard work for us though in producing the list. And thanks for including some from my post


    • Nov 27 2018

      I choose your 2 favorite non-ficton books on your blog. I have been reading in The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 (see review) about the complex body and how people react to the actual surgery and others react to ‘sham surgeries’. It is fascinating. You mentioned The Wicked Boy is a hybrid: biography/real crime. I am curious how this will play out.
      Thanks for your comments….and remember a TBR is never too large!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Wow that’s a huge list!


    • Nov 27 2018

      Your selection ‘The Light in the Dark resonated with me because winter is right around the corner. November stubs out the glow of autumn and the days tighten into shorter hours. Perfect winter read. “If Only They Didn’t Speak English”…well the title is the hook and I always enjoy Jon Sopel’s BBC commentary…frank and factual! Thanks for you comments and I hop you have found some new books for your TBR!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Nov 27 2018

    Wow! You’ve collated a wonderful non-fiction resource with this post Nancy. Thanks for taking the time to put this together – I think I’ll just link this to mine and say ‘ditto’ 🙂


    • Nov 27 2018

      You said you read just 14 non-fiction this year….but the books you did read were toppers!
      Ghosts of the Tsunami I just had to read as well as the Australian best-seller The Arsonist by C. Hooper. I’ll have to wait a few months but I have the book on e-book pre-order.
      I hope to read as many books as I can from my #NonFicNov TBR in 2019.
      Just have to wait an see how far I come! Thanks for your comments!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Nov 27 2018

    Everyone has books to share…what is also interesting is
    discovering what type of book attracts what type of reader!
    There were not many biographies this year. I found
    true crime trending and memoirs.
    Looking forward to your list, Emma!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Susie | Novel Visits
    Nov 27 2018

    Wow! That’s a lot of nonfiction to get through. I see quite a few I’ve read, but even more that I’d like to read. I’m happy I could contribute a couple to your list. (Both are excellent!)


    • Nov 27 2018

      Forty Autumns (by Nina Willner)…will I need a box of kleenex while reading this book?
      I’m an Obama fan….so ‘From the Corner of the Oval Office (by Beck Dorey-Stein) is a #MustRead. I limited my self to 2 books per blog….but I’m putting your suggestion “American Radical (by Tamer Elnoury) on my ‘reserve list’! Thanks for you comments and I’ll be following your posts!


  11. Nov 27 2018

    So glad to see you picked up on a couple of my favourites this year. Happy non-fic reading!


    • Nov 27 2018

      One sure way to get me interested in a book is the title:
      Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? So I think is it about birdwatching …or is there a deeper meaning. So I have to read it to find out! Your suggestion Suffragette (by David Roberts) just jumped out to me. I know NOTHING about the women’s struggle for the vote. It is about time I learned! Thanks so much for you comments….and I’ll be following your reviews!


  12. Nov 27 2018

    Thanks for linking to my post Nancy – so glad you found it interesting!


    • Nov 28 2018

      You listed a number of great drama/theatre books that I will visit. If you find any more books on the subject please send me a tweet of comment!
      Are you doing #ReadIreland in 2019?


      • Nov 28 2018

        I think so Nancy – haven’t completely decided but I probably will 😁

        Liked by 1 person

      • Nov 28 2018

        …well what ever you decide….I will read Ireland in March, it’s in my DNA!


  13. Nov 28 2018

    Such a thorough list, I’m glad you found so many good ones and happy I could contribute a few too 🙂 That picture heading this post is so lovely, by the way.


    • Nov 28 2018

      Absolutely ready to start this TBR in 2019…and let you know in November 2019 howmany I was able to read!
      Your suggestion Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen is a book I very much want to read.
      I am giving to my BFF as a Xmas present. She is the queen in the kitchen….while I play the court jester ! Thanks for your comments….and will follow your posts !

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nov 28 2018

        I’m gifting that book this year too! It is just such a wonderful delight and perfect as a present! The author manages to be both queen in the kitchen and jester all at once, it’s amazing. Looking forward to your reviews in 2019!

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  14. Sarah's Book Shelves
    Nov 28 2018

    Wow – that’s quite a list! Hope you love some of them and thanks for participating!


    • Nov 28 2018

      I especially want to read your suggestion Red Notice (2015) which slipped past me !
      I’ve heard snippets of the case of Bill Browder and his dangerous connections to the world of high finance in Russia. I must know the details! Thanks for your comments and…hosting!


  15. Nov 28 2018

    Wow you added a lot of books to your TBR! Thanks for linking to me and I’m glad you found some interesting books to check out.


    • Nov 28 2018

      Non-fiction just resonates with me at the moment.
      I want to use this list and see how many I can ready in 2019.
      I’ll do my best!


  16. buriedinprint
    Nov 28 2018

    So many other commenters here have started with exactly the word that first came to my mind as well: WOW! What a resource indeed. Good luck with your reading plans: I love making lists too but there is a lot of competition for reading time (so many good and interesting and tempting books)!


    • Nov 28 2018

      Thanks for your comments! I wanted a blogrlll of avid non-fiction readers and #NonFicNov was the opportunity to do it. Also I found many books that stayed below my radar on 2018. Your selection was one of them 1491 pre-pilgrim America. Any history book that is groundbreaking has to be read!


  17. I love how you have picked a couple of books from so many people taking part in #NonficNov… I may have just added a few more to be my own TBR. Oops!

    What I have loved about this bookish event, and that your list depicts, is the sheer variety in topics we have all been reading, discussing and connecting on.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nov 29 2018

      It is just so important to highlight all the participants that I could find and not cluster around some familiar bloggers. I was amazed what perked people’s interest. There were the ‘repeats” Bad Blood, Educated and Trevor Noah’s book…but some very interesting ‘off-the-beaten-path books” as well!. I just read your blog post dd. 16 October 2017 …..and it just hit home. While I’m approaching the end of a very intense reading year…I feel it is time to step back, take off the blogger hat….and decide what my reading goals will be in 2019. Your post is well worth publishing again….on #ThrowBackThrusday for instance. Many bloggers would enjoy reading your ‘words of wisdom’ …I did!


  18. Nov 30 2018

    This is always my favorite blogging event of the year. Now I hope to read at least half of the titles added to my lists before next year!


    • Nov 30 2018

      I agree…this is my favorite event of the year. Non-fiction readers can share their best books!
      Of all the non-fiction books I read….I enjoyed 35%!
      Of all the fiction books I read…I enjoyed only 15%.
      You do the math! Next year I’m reading MORE non-fiction!
      Thanks for you books on the topic ‘race’….I intend to read them 2019!


  19. MaryR
    Dec 1 2018

    What a lovely idea to compile books from all the blogs in #nonfictionNovember! There are some great suggestions here to keep me busy reading NF all year long.


    • Dec 1 2018

      I felt everybody contributed and everybody should be listed.
      I found books that I completely missed and will try to read as many books on this list
      …as possible! Your selection Soul Food looks interesting and I’m giving this to a good friend in USA for Xmas who loves to cook! Joni Mitchell….I can’t explain it but Joni ‘just has something’. I would like to know more about this poet/songwriter.
      Thanks for your comment!


  20. Dec 10 2018

    This is such a great list, and I’m pleased I could contribute to it!

    If you can, listen to the audiobook of War on Peace.

    Liked by 1 person


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