My year in nonfiction + Nonfiction November TBR!


Hello everyone, hope you had a lovely weekend, and welcome back to my blog! After a lovely reading month of October I browsed through my Goodreads read list of my year and I decided that I need to read more nonfiction books. I have plenty of them piling up in my shelf and in my Kindle – so why not make use of the lovely event of Nonfiction November to read more nonfiction books!

This month-long celebration of reading, writing, and discussing about nonfiction reads is hosted by the lovely people at What’s Nonfiction; Sophisticated DorkinessSarah’s Book Shelves; JulzReads; and Doing Dewey. As a person who mainly reads fiction, I probably won’t be participating in many of the prompts or posting schedules – I’m just gonna focus on myself reading more nonfiction this month.

My year in nonfiction books

As can be seen in my 2018 Reading Log, only 14% of the books I’ve read this year are nonfiction – I have only read five books that are not fiction this year! That’s not a very good statistic, and I plan on changing that though we are already at the end of the year.

In my 2018 Reading Goals I planned on reading a nonfiction book every other month. Considering that goal I might say that I am on track since I would only have to read 6 nonfiction books in a year. But I feel like in the past three months I have not been reading many of them and I have read lots of them in the beginning of the year because I listened to them on audiobooks.

I must say my favourite nonfiction book I read in 2018 is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, a beautiful memoir that insightfully gives us a view on a different lifestyle and family life of our writer. Other than that I found myself loving memoirs and biographies all my life, but I also occasionally pick up sub-genres like science and history about topics I’m interested in.

Some of my recommendations

To read this month

I made a list of some books that are readily available to me that I might pick up this month (some of them rereads!). I got a little out of control – this list is pretty extensive, so I will not go into them all one by one. However there are some main books that I definitely will pick up this month.

34666764I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

This is a memoir that has been highly recommended by many people on the internet, and a book I already started back in October. With a unique title and beautiful writing, I am sure this will be one of the best books I’ve read this month.

36486976How to Live Like Your Cat by Stéphane Garnier

I love cats, so when my housemate got me this I was ecstatic. This is a short, cute book that I don’t know much about. But I know I will love it, because it has cats!!!

10252302Blue Nights by Joan Didion

I’ve heard amazing things about Joan Didion, and although she has a lot of amazing works that people highly recommend, I decided to choose this one that I hope I can pick up this month because it is the only ebook I have in my Kindle from her. Again, I know nothing about it but I’m eager to give her a go.

Some of the other nonfiction in my TBR pile:

I think three books in the TBR for the month is pretty okay, considering I might probably want to pick up a fiction novel in between as well. However I know I am a mood reader so this TBR might change and I might pick up other books in the list if I’m more in the mood for it.

Are you participating in Nonfiction November? What are your ultimate favourite nonfiction books of all time? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you in another post!

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22 thoughts on “My year in nonfiction + Nonfiction November TBR!

  1. These all look so good, Ayunda! I’ve been wanting to read I Am, I Am, I Am and When Breath Becomes Air. Some of my favorites are Educated and Killers of the Flower Moon. Enjoy your reads and I’ll be watching for your thoughts! And your squid is soooooo cute!

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  2. So many great titles here! The Glass Castle is hands down one of my favorite books, happy to hear you love it too. I also liked Soul of an Octopus and loved Born a Crime – one of my favorites I’ve read this year! Blue Nights is also a really good (but tearjerky!) read.

    I have copies of Lab Girl and Into Thin Air I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time, I’ve heard both should be really good. I’m also interested in the Winterson memoir and How to Live Like Your Cat – how adorable!! I hadn’t seen that one before. Hope it’s a good reading month for you! 🙂

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    1. Yay, glad you like the same books as I do 😀
      I’ve heard amazing things about Winterson and Blue Nights – anything by Joan Didion is definitely high in my TBR because I’ve never read anything by her and I know how much people love her writing.

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      1. I love a lot of Didion’s writing but I need to read it in small doses. It’s intense. I really liked Blue Nights though, I think even better than Year of Magical Thinking. Her essay collection Slouching Towards Bethlehem is probably my favorite though, and I liked South and West, which was a short recently released one but with some older pieces. It’s hard to go wrong with her, really! Looking forward to your reviews!

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  3. I haven’t read non-fiction for about 2 years… I think the last one was a psychology / self help one, but i don’t even remember which one.
    I usually don’t feel i’m in the mood for them, even though quite a few of them sounds pretty interesting.

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    1. I also had the same thing at first… for me some of them felt a little intimidating at first! But that’s why I try to choose books that are really related to my interests, or written by someone I look up to. Memoirs are also a great way to start 🙂

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  4. I should definitely start reading more non-fiction books (I write that and then realise that I’m currently reading two and just finished one – but the point still stands). I just finished The Radium Girls and would definitely recommend it!! The Soul of an Octopus sounds really interesting – I think I’ll add it to my TBR!

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  5. I adored The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating! I read that before I had my blog so I didn’t review it but it’s a lovely book and one that I often find myself thinking about. I definitely recommend it. I also loved I Am I Am I Am – it’s such a different way of writing a memoir and it really makes you think. Blue Nights is very moving but such a good book, Joan Didion is such a terrific writer. I hope you enjoy the non-fiction you read this month. 🙂

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  6. I love this post (and you recommendations) so much, Ayunda! I’m ashamed to say that despite making many promises to myself to read more non-fiction, I never do. 😩 But I’m intrigued by Mindy Kaling’s book, and another multicultural essay collection from the UK called The Good Immigrant. Good luck to you with your goals. ❤

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