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.

Today’s first post is My Year in Nonfiction. I’ll look back on all the nonfiction reads in 2019 and share my favorites with you.

I love to read nonfiction because I love to read and want to be a lifelong learner. I read nonfiction because I enjoy learning about my favorite topics, or learning about something new, or reading about someone’s life or experiences. Reading nonfiction opens doors to conversations that I may not have originally had with someone because of what I learned or read about.

My favorite way to read nonfiction is through audiobooks. I love to listen while I get ready for my day or while I am driving. But, I also read physical nonfiction books as well. I have read over 40 nonfiction books this year including children’s books. I loved nonfiction as a child too and I still love reading children’s nonfiction. I’m still learning from those books as well!

Favorite nonfiction books I’ve read so far in 2019


~Necessary reading for anyone who loves books and reading!

AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes

~Fans of “The Princess Bride” will love this. I highly recommend listening to this one on audio since the cast returns to give their insight into the making of the movie. It’s so much fun! Then, of course, you’ll have to watch the movie again!


~After visiting Dallas and seeing the Kennedy museum, I became much more interested in that day. This is a quick and fascinating read, written by Jackie Kennedy’s Secret Service Agent. His perspective and details from that week in Texas is fascinating.

84, CHARING CROSS ROAD by Helene Hanff

~This classic had been on my list, mostly because I love epistolary books. This correspondence between a woman in the US and employees in a bookstore in England warmed my heart and made me laugh. It’s a very quick read!

SAVE ME THE PLUMS by Ruth Reichl

~This memoir focuses on Reichl’s time as the editor of Gourmet magazine. If you like behind-the-scenes kind of memoirs along with life stories and lessons, check out this fascinating read.


~I had no idea how much I would love using a cast iron skillet. This cookbook forced me to learn how to care for it and use it to its best abilities.


~This was such a tough read for me but so important. I can’t stop thinking about Maddy and how much pain she was in and no one saw it. As I see our kids struggling with new responsibilities at college as well as their high school classmates, I pray they know there is always someone who will listen.

Looking over this list, I’m noticing that my favorites are nonfiction books that share stories of someone’s life. Five of the seven books share someone’s life story. I’ve recommended every single one of these to someone based on knowing what that person might like. I am still thinking about these books, what I learned, what I enjoyed, and what I need to remember.

Do you like to read nonfiction? What nonfiction books have you read and loved this year? Feel free to drop your recommendations in the comments!

You can see all my nonfiction posts by clicking, HERE.

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  1. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf on October 28, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I love nonfiction via audiobooks, too!

    84, CHARING CROSS ROAD sounds absolutely lovely. Thanks for mentioning it!

  2. Lisa of Hopewell on October 28, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Great list! One of these (no spoilers) was my favorite this year. My post is up tomorrow! Anxious to see what you enjoy this month.

  3. Angela on October 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I love to read nonfiction, too! I also listen to it a lot on audio. 84, Charing Cross Road and Five Days in November sound particularly interesting, I’ll have to check those out!

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz on October 29, 2019 at 12:56 am

    I love nonfiction. I think it is rare that people read a 50/50 ratio between fiction and nonfiction, but I, like you, come close to that each year. Thank you for sharing your favorites of the year. I’ve read and enjoyed several of these including Save Me the Plums and I’d Rather Be Reading.

  5. Bryan on October 29, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    My wife read As You Wish, but I don’t know if she knew about the cast returning for the audiobook. We might have to look for that one in audio since we love the movie.

  6. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life on October 29, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I need to read the Princess Bride book! I love that movie so much! And I am just now realizing I have never read the book, so I need to add that to my list as well.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Rachel @ Never Enough Novels on October 29, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    I had no idea 84 Charing Cross Rd was nonfiction! That’s amazing. Definitely adding it to my TBR. I also am dying to read Anne Bogel’s book. Sounds perfect for us bookworms. I really enjoyed her first book, Reading People.

  8. Jaymi Couch on October 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I also read and loved As You Wish! Great post…
    Here is My Year in NonFiction

  9. Bev on October 30, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Loved 84, Charing Cross and am now reading As You Wish and so enjoying it. Some great NF Reads!

  10. JoAnn @ Gulfside Musing on October 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Some great choices here! I’d Rather Be Reading Was so good, and 84 Charing Cross Road is an all-time favorite! Planning to listen to Save Me the Plums soon.

  11. Jade @ Reading with Jade on October 31, 2019 at 9:21 am

    I love what you’ve said about nonfiction opening doors to conversations you might not have had – that’s so true. 84, Charing Cross Road has been on my radar for such a long time now. Happy reading this November!

  12. Jane @ Raincity Librarian on November 2, 2019 at 5:12 am

    I ADORED The Princess Bride as a kid, I can’t wait to go behind the scenes of one of my favourite movies!

  13. Katie @ Doing Dewey on November 5, 2019 at 6:08 am

    I also really enjoyed Save Me the Plums! Reichl has had such a fascinating career.

    I loved your description of what makes reading nonfiction enjoyable. I love the same things about it 🙂

  14. Rachel on November 7, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Glad you enjoyed As You Wish. Looks like something I should read. ?

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