Nonfiction November 2019 – Favorite Qualities of Nonfiction Books – #NonficNov

During November, book bloggers dedicate the month to reading and talking about Nonfiction books. I’ve always wanted to participate, but haven’t taken the time to do it. During the month I’ll share my favorite nonfiction books, share recommendations, I’ll talk about how I read so many nonfiction books and not get bored, and tell you what nonfiction books I can’t wait to read. I absolutely love reading nonfiction and if I am remembering correctly, I read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction last year!

For more on the Nonfiction November posts and all the hosts and themes, click HERE. For today’s linkup post, click HERE.

This week’s theme is hosted by Leann.

This post is about sharing what makes a nonfiction book a favorite. Is it the topic, the writing style, the tone, or maybe even an author? How do you decide that a nonfiction book is going to be a favorite?


When I look at my list of all-time favorite non-fiction books, the theme for me really is that I have learned something or been inspired. All of these share personal stories and life lessons or ways to apply these stories to your life. These are books I recommend to others time and time again.

THE LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch

EDUCATED by Tara Westover

TELL ME MORE by Kelly Corrigan

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS… by Dana Perino

SILENT IMPACT by Joe Schmit

SINGING TO A BULLDOG by Anson Williams

WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN by Kimberly Williams Paisley

A MOTHER’S RECKONING by Sue Klebold

LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE by Anna Quindlen

UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand


If you like personal story types of books these will keep you interested for plenty of weeks. If you have one to recommend to me, be sure to leave it in the comments.


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5 Comments

  1. Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders on November 18, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I also loved the Anna Quindlen and the Kimberley Williams Paisley books!

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on November 19, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Unbroken! And Henrietta Lacks! Such great books. I agree with you completely.

  3. Tina on November 19, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Henrietta Lacks is on my immediate TBR list!

  4. Lisa of Hopewell on November 19, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Fine choices– I like that several are new to me. That’s always good. Off to investigate them!

  5. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out on November 22, 2019 at 2:19 am

    An interesting selection. The only one I’ve read is the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’ve read and enjoyed Anna Quindlen’s fiction, so I am interested in Lots of candles. Thanks for sharing your favourites

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