Nonfiction November: Added To My TBR

Nonfiction November

Nonfiction November is coming to a close. Though I didn’t get as much blogging done as I’d hoped to, I was able to complete four nonfiction books this month, which is as many books as I read during all of September and October combined. I only hope I can keep the momentum going.

This week’s prompt, hosted by The Emerald City Book Review, asks bloggers to highlight new nonfiction books on their TBR. For me, that’s quite a list. Some of these choices were inspired by bloggers participating in this month’s event, but others I found while scouring for books to read. I’m including just a fraction of them here (my TBR list, at this moment, tops 270 books. I’m afraid to dig too deep.)

Nonfiction On My To-Read List

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Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker (2017). I didn’t have a chance to read this during Nonfiction November, but it’s still at the top of my list. I’m just waiting for my hold to come in at the library.

The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro (2018). This book was recommended by Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer, and it sounds like it’s right up my alley. I’ll be first in line for this when it comes out in January.

Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain by Lucy Jones  (2016). I saw this recommended on multiple blogs and at least one Booktube channel, and honestly the cover is what drew me in. Foxes are one of my favorite animals, and this sounds like a thorough and respectful study. I’m reading a similar book on animals and nature now — Craig Childs’s The Animal Dialogues — and really enjoying it.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (2015). Another book that has been on my radar for a while, but has been cast aside due to its (considerable) size. Now that this is available in paperback, I might be able to handle it.

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper (2017). This book might as well have been designed for English-majors-turned-public-librarians. I’ve seen enough rave reviews to put this on my list.


Thanks again to the bloggers behind The Emerald City Book Review, Doing Dewey, JulzReads, Sarah’s Book Shelves and Sophisticated Dorkiness for hosting such a wonderful event. Nonfiction November has helped to kick me out of my reading rut, and I enjoyed each of the four books I read this month: All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister, Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, and The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs. I’m so grateful I had an opportunity to participate, and I can’t wait until next year!

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7 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: Added To My TBR

  1. I think dictionaries are trying to tell me something – yesterday I watched a trailer for a Japanese movie about putting a dictionary together. And it’s based on novel! Putting Word by Word on my radar, as well.

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