Nonfiction November: New To My TBR

For the past month, I have been joining in with other book bloggers for an event called Nonfiction November. The first week, Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, I looked back at my year in nonfiction. The second week, Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, I paired a nonfiction book with a fiction book. The third week, Nov. 11 to Nov. 15, I shared a list of books on a topic that I’d like to read or “become the expert,” as host for the week Katie from the blog Doing Dewey explained the prompt. Last week, Nov. 18 to Nov. 22, I talked about what makes a nonfiction book I’ve read one of my favorites.

This final week, Nov. 25 to Nov. 29, of Nonfiction November, I am sharing what books I have added to my TBR as a result of the reading others’ posts during the event. Initially I had a list of about 30 or more, but then I whittled it down to nine. Since I don’t usually read that many nonfiction in a year, I figured it’s better to be realistic with books that I might actually read, not ones I just think look interesting.

Without further ado, here they are and who recommended them with links to the posts where I first saw the mentions of the books:

  1. Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse by Timothy P. Carney, recommended by both Deb at Readerbuzz and Jean at Howling Frog Books.
  2. Because Internet: How To Be Nice to Yourself by Laura Silberstein-Tirch, recommended by Leann at
  3. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs, recommended by Katie W at Books are My Favourite and Best.
  4. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, recommended by Jinjer at The Intrepid Arkansawyer.
  5. The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch, recommended by Jean at Howling Frog Books.
  6. I Think You’re Wrong (but I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations by Beth A. Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland, recommended by Lisa at Lisa notes… (link here to a post she wrote on “3 Reasons You Don’t Like Nonfiction and Why You Should Anyway” and mentioned both books).
  7. A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor, recommended by Alison at The Lowrey Library.
  8. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt, recommended by Lisa at Lisa notes… (link here to initial comment where she recommended this one and the other one to me).
  9. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, recommended by Stacey at The Unruly Reader.
  10. The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, recommended by Monica J. Baker.

I know two are by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, but both books intrigued me, and two recommendations are from two bloggers: Jean at Howling Frog Books and Lisa at Lisa notes…, but hey, that’s the way it went. It was not by design, but by happenstance. I already have The Bright Hour on hold on ebook at the Free Library of Philadelphia and purchased The Happiness Curve as a Kindle deal. The others, I might have to purchase at full price, but I’m thinking Christmas gifts for myself. The one I might purchase before that, maybe even this Friday, is A Prayer Journal, because I’m a big Flannery O’Connor fan, especially after having a class in college devoted to her and William Faulkner.

So how about you? If you participated in Nonfiction November, what is/was the one book you now must read that was recommended by another blogger? For me, it is A Prayer Journal, but I’m looking forward to the others as well. If you didn’t participate in Nonfiction November, what is the one nonfiction book that you think me and my readers should read without hesitation?

I want to thank the hosts for Nonfiction November for allowing me to participate in what was my first year for the event: Julie at JulzReads, for Week 1; Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, Week 2; Katie at Doing Dewey, Week 3; Leann at, Week 4; and Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?, Week 5. All links go to that week’s post for this year’s event.

26 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: New To My TBR

  1. Ugh, A Prayer Journal is so good. 100% worth your time, and a slim little book at that!

    I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) is also a great read! Really made me think about the way we approach politics in America currently.


  2. Ummmm….what is this? “I figured it’s better to be realistic with books that I might actually read, not ones I just think look interesting.” LOL. I kid. I obviously add books to my list like a greedy kid visiting Santa. LOL.

    I am glad that you found some interesting books out there! This was a neat challenge, and I am with you, I don’t generally read a lot of nonfiction as a rule. I have been reading more and more recently though. 🙂

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    1. I thought about that as I wrote that response…that you would see it too. And I thought about sending you an e-mail. so that you wouldn’t take offense. Unfortunately, I didn’t and hope you didn’t take offense. I really want to like nature writing, but too often it doesn’t work for me. I certainly understand why for you this particular book did not only work for you, but also resonate with you so deeply. More than understandable. I did have more than 30 added to my TBR because of Nonfiction November when I first started, but then I had to think what will I really read. This year I read more proportionately than any other year; I’m hoping that it will continue. One of the things encouraging about Nonfiction November was seeing that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t read that much nonfiction, but wanted to read more. Hopefully it will inspire me to read more in the coming year.

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      1. Lol! No worries! I wasn’t offended in the slightest, it just made me laugh. We all have our own ways of doing things. 🙂 I usually add everything to my list – partially because I am so picky when I actually start reading a book. There are so many times that I start reading and just can’t finish a book for one reason or another, and I am not a person who makes myself read to the end. 🙂 Although I have been known to skip to the end to find out what happens. So no worries at all! It is nice to be a mindful reader, like you are making thoughtful choices on what you want to read that are attainable. That is pretty admirable. I try to live most of my life very mindfully, but I have no control when it comes to my book wish list. 🙂 I hope you weren’t offended either by my comment! 🙂


  3. Hope you enjoy The Bright Hour (although ‘enjoy’ perhaps not the right word…) – it is probably one of the best grief memoirs I’ve read.


      1. Yes, loved that as well (for different reasons) but Bright Hour has eclipsed all for me – it was the combination of reflection, honesty, humour and beautiful writing.


        1. Also I should add that I didn’t mean to come across as “short” with my response, like “Did you read When Breath Becomes Air?” I didn’t mean to sound like if you didn’t, that there was something wrong with you or implying The Bright Hour was lesser. In this kind of writing, especially, I don’t think there are any lesser books. They all deal with what we all eventually face, sooner or later. It’s just how we face it.


  4. I would second the recommendation of books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Both of those are such deeply creative formats for a memoir, and I enjoyed them both so much.

    I have a copy of Alienated America that I have been wanting to pass on, if you would like me to send it to you. Sharing books is a way of making us all feel a little less alienated, I think.


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