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.

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    1. I tried to read it, but couldn’t get through it. Not that I agreed or disagreed with him but couldn’t relate to him. I think it’s easier to say you’ll be happier after 50 if you’re rich.


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