Nonfiction November: New To My TBR

It’s my pleasure to host this final week of Nonfiction November, with the topic New To My TBR:

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

I’ve gone through every link from the previous weeks, and though it’s really difficult to keep from adding dozens of books to my list, I’m going to limit myself to just one book for each topic this year. Then, I might have more hope of actually reading them!

Your Year in Nonfiction (hosted by JulzReads)

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah was recommended many times, including at The Book Stop, Novel Visits, Sarah’s Book Shelves, and Too Fond. Even though I’ve never seen The Daily Show, this memoir of growing up in South Africa sounds both hilarious and heartbreaking. The audiobook version comes highly praised, too, so I might break my usual resistance and try that version.

Fiction/Nonfiction Pairing (hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves)

So many wonderful combinations here! For an individual pairing, I was strongly attracted to The Novel of the Century and Les Miserables, the novel in question, a combo recommended both at One Catholic Life and Words and Peace.

Nick also got me interested in his chapter-a-day readalong of Les Miserables, taking place throughout 2018 (yes, there are 365 chapters). If you’d like to join, here’s the sign-up post.

Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (hosted by Sophisticated Dorkiness)

The variety of topics here was truly mind-blowing; do check them out. Learning more about the Middle East is calling to me right now, and Maphead provided a great list of books from Iran. The one she identifies as the “best book on Iran she’s ever read” has the intriguing title The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, so that sounds like a good place to start.

Nonfiction Favorites (hosted by Doing Dewey)

Not everyone listed individual books in their posts, so I had fewer to choose from this time, which in theory should make picking one easier. In fact, it was incredibly difficult to decide between everyone’s “must-read” favorite books. What’s Nonfiction had a great list; I’d love to read all of them, but The Tiger sounds like an amazing read: a thrilling adventure that also reaches into many aspects of history, science, and other areas of knowledge. That’s a combination I always love finding in nonfiction.

What have you added to your TBR this month? Please use the linkup below for your own posts, or share them in the comments. I’ll do a final wrap-up on Friday, and that’s it for this year!


49 thoughts on “Nonfiction November: New To My TBR

  1. The Tiger sounds very good. I agree that history books that transcend one story and expand into other fields and bigger issues are often very fulfilling and enlightening reads.

    The Les Miserables daily read along sounds like a neat idea.


  2. Born a Crime has been on my TBR list too long. I think after seeing it mentioned a few times this month I need to make it a priority. Thanks for hosting.


  3. I’m glad I could point you to The Tiger, it’s one of my all-time favorites. I hope you enjoy it, it sounds like it’ll be up your alley πŸ˜‰ I’ve added Born a Crime to my to-read as well!


  4. I also have yet to read Born a Crime and it has been wonderful to see it so highly recommended by everyone this month.

    I didn’t know about the chapter a day Les Miserables readalong – I’m going to have to check that out! I attempted it once in college and got maybe 100 pages in thanks to a loooooong train ride, but I haven’t gotten back to it.


    1. Will taking on such a long book in short daily chunks be helpful…or will it cause me to lose momentum? That’s one thing I’m curious about. Hope you might join us!


  5. I liked how you narrowed down your choices – that must have been hard with so many reviews. I think this week I’ll end up adding even more books to my list πŸ™‚


  6. Thanks so much for hosting! I’m sorry my name showed up twice on the link-up — technical glitch.

    The Tiger sounds fantastic, I might have to add that to my list. And the Les Miserables readathon is a great idea that I wish I’d never heard of, because now I might have to sign up. πŸ™‚


  7. The Tiger looks fascinating! I’m going to add that one. I just noticed you are currently reading Don Quixote! I’ve been slowly reading that one this last year and hope to finish it next year!


    1. Thanks Faye – I’m not sure why some people are having trouble with the linky, I see all of the links you posted (I’ll delete the extras).

      Yes, this has been such a rich month! I can’t believe it’s over already.


  8. Trevor Noah’s book is one of the most popular books this #nonficnov. Maybe I should move it to the top of my TBR. Thanks for hosting this week! It’s been a fun month.
    My final post is here:

    (by the way, I could not get the Linky to work either. The pop up said something about the reason being an instance is deprecated. . . wheeee. . . technology is fun, until it isn’t.)


  9. Those are great choices; I’ve heard each of them recommended and they’ll probably be really satisfying reads. The one I’m most interested in is Trevor Noah’s; I just watched a 2012 documentary about his efforts to put together his first big comedy show in South Africa and found it very interesting, both as insight to his thinking about comedy and the world, and as a peek into South Africa too.


  10. The Tiger has been on my list for a while now – I think I even own a copy. If/when you decide to read it, let me know in case it’s a good time for me to join you!


  11. Thanks for hosting this last week, Lory! Your strategy of picking only a few books to add to your to-read list seems like a good one. My to-read list on goodreads has become long enough to not be useful, so I need to do something to fix that πŸ™‚


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