Nonfiction November: Nonfiction Books On My Shelves and Tentative TBR

Nonfiction November is an event hosted by Booktubers Gemma of Non Fic Books and Olive of abookolive,with the goal of encouraging everyone to read more nonfiction books.

This year, they have four loosely defined categories, so I thought it would be fun to see what (unread) books I have on my shelves that would work for each.

Here are the categories followed by my tentative TBR:


  • The Making of Home by Judith Flanders
  • The Virago Book of Women Travellers (Leaving home)
  • The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Introverts often need time alone at home to recharge)

2. Substance

  • Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

3. Love

  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  • The Fishing Fleet: Husband Hunting in the Raj by Anne de Courcy
  • All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an independent Nation by Rebecca Traister

4. Scholarship

  • The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got That Way by Bill Bryson
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot, and Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney


Tentative TBR:


  1. Radium Girls by Kate Moore
  2. A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney
  3. Quiet by Susan Cain


Are you participating in #NonfictionNovember? What are some of your favorite nonfiction books?



7 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: Nonfiction Books On My Shelves and Tentative TBR

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      1. I definitely find nonfiction easier to not finish than fiction, particularly if it lacks a narrative arc. Then I feel like I can just put it down and I’m not leaving anything undone. But when it’s a book/subject/writer that really draws me in, I can read it just as I would a novel.

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