Nonfiction November 2019 – Nonfiction Books on my TBR – #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.

After five weeks of Nonfiction November posts, my TBR has exploded. Today I’m sharing all the great nonfiction I learned about this week and have added to my ever-growing to-be-read list. If you were following all my posts this month, you already know that I love personal stories and books that offer me an opportunity to learn about something or gain a life lesson. The books on this list fit all of these categories.

THE MOMENT OF LIFT by Melinda Gates

This one popped up several times this week and thankfully I’m on the hold list for our library’s Overdrive. Many others have said this is a favorite book of their year.

HOME WORK: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews

I love Julie Andrews…Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music are two of my favorite movies and one of the main reasons is Julie Andrews. This memoir that focuses on her time in Hollywood is right up my alley.

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE by Sonia Purnell

WWII is my go-to era to read about. This one has been getting high praise and I love that it is about a woman in an unlikely role.

BEFORE AND AFTER by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate

I have yet to read Wingate’s BEFORE WE WERE YOURS but I love this follow-up of true stories of the orphans she based her novel on. I actually bought this one for my sister for Christmas because she enjoyed Wingate’s novel so much.

THE BODY by Bill Bryson

I don’t know much about this book, but if it is by Bill Bryson it has to be good.

MOBITUARIES by Mo Rocca

I love watching CBS Sunday Morning and Mo Rocca’s stories are always so interesting. Like Mo Rocca, I too have a weird thing about reading obituaries. This is exactly the kind of book I love to read.

DESSERT FIRST by J. Dana Trent

After working in Hospice as a social worker, I felt so privileged to walk that final journey with patients and their families. I gravitate towards these stories that share final moments and lessons on living a wonderful life.

A BOOKSHOP IN BERLIN by Francoise Frenkel

Another fearless woman during WWII. I’m all in!

THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES by Peter Wohlleben

My parents raised me to love nature and trees and flowers. I love that there are tree families out in the woods and they need each other to thrive and grow.

KITCHEN YARNS by Ann Hood

I read Hood’s THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST just in the last year. When this one kept popping up, I looked into it and realized this is a memoir of her life and it sounds quite delightful.

THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

First of all the title and cover grabbed my attention. Then I read the synopsis. It reminds me a bit of H IS FOR HAWK, which I’m still waiting to read.

IF I DON’T MAKE IT, I LOVE YOU by Amye Archer

After reading A MOTHER’S RECKONING and then COLUMBINE this year, I have some deep thoughts about school shootings. I hadn’t heard of this book until this month and I have a feeling it will be a tough read, but an important one.


Thanks for joining me in this celebration of nonfiction books. What books have you added to your TBR in the last month?


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5 Comments

  1. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life on November 26, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I hope you enjoy The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating! I loved it! 🙂

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on November 26, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I couldn’t wait to read Mobituaries and The Body and I ended up reading them this month, as soon as I heard about them. I am reading Wild Snail right now. It’s been a great month. Thank you for your suggestions.

  3. Rennie on November 27, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    I absolutely loved Kitchen Yarns and A Woman of No Importance, both were just so good. Before and After was really good too. I’m really excited to start The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, it sounds lovely.

  4. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out on November 30, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Some great additions to your TBR I hope you find If I Don’t Make It, I Love you as affecting as I did.

    Please stop by to see my NonFicNov: New to My TBR + Wrap Up

  5. Bookertalk on November 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I wish I’d seen your WW2 additions before I did my own list for this week. They could have been good adds to my wishlist.

    The parts of The Body I’ve read do sound interesting. I know there is a copy coming as a Christmas present for my husband so I might just have to ‘borrow’ it

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