My Year of Nonfiction So Far: Nonfiction November 2019

October 29, 2019 Blogger Events 27

Year in Nonfiction 2019


Welcome to Nonfiction November 2019! I’m thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s Nonfiction November with Katie at Doing Dewey, Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?, Julie at Julz Reads, and Leann at Shelf Aware!! 

Nonfiction November is a month dedicated to celebrating nonfiction…we’ll talk about our favorites, trade recommendations, discuss our nonfiction reading habits, and hopefully discover some new book blogs! There will be a link-up for your posts every Monday…go here for the schedule of events and where to find the link-ups. Here’s my year of nonfiction so far…

Hop over to Julz Reads to link up your introductory post!

My Year of Nonfiction

So far this year, I’ve read 22 Nonfiction books (31% of my total books read), 15 of which were audiobooks. This is down 19% from last year’s 27 Nonfiction books at the same point in the year.

Here’s what makes me sad…my nonfiction reading has dropped over the past 2 years. I listen to a lot more podcasts than I used to and I do much of my nonfiction “reading” on audio, so I know that’s a contributing factor. But, I want to make a concerted effort to choose to read more nonfiction in print next year because I truly do love the genre.

Favorite Nonfiction of 2019 So Far

Year in Nonfiction 2019


Overall Favorite Nonfiction of 2019

Favorite Nonfiction Audiobook of 2019

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (my review)

Most Recommended Nonfiction of 2019

This year, I’ve read a lot of…

Memoirs and essay collections…and the types have been all over the map. I’ve hit:

My Tentative Nonfiction November TBR List

Who knows how many of these I’ll actually get to and things will also depend on library holds coming in…

And, I need something light and fun to balance out all these serious books, so let me know if you have any recommendations! I just realized my original pick (Inside Edge by Christine Brennan) is not available in e-book or audio format…and the paperback is $23 on Amazon!

What are your favorite Nonfiction books so far this year?

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27 Responses to “My Year of Nonfiction So Far: Nonfiction November 2019”

  1. JanB

    For a fun (and funny) lighter non-fiction, I really enjoyed this one on audio:
    Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence

  2. Eva @ The Paperback Princess

    I have gotten so many recommendations from you this year from your podcast! And I think about reading I Miss You When I Blink basically every day and I still haven’t done it!
    I so get what you’re saying about needing something light to read – I had to watch Bake Off after John Oliver last night! I think the only ‘light’ nonfiction I’ve read this year is Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic which is old and you’ve probably already read it! What about a good ol’ movie star bio? Ingrid Bergman? Ava Gardner? Zsa Zsa! Ohhh The Hiltons by J. Randy Taraborrelli? Honestly, anything by him is great.

  3. Stacie @SincerelyStacie

    The Only Plane in the Sky is patiently waiting in my book stack. I thumbed through the photos in the book and it makes me want to read it even more. I Miss You When I Blink is going to be coming up soon in my library holds. Inheritance along with all her books are on my radar. I just need to choose one and read it.

  4. Sara

    Currently reading The Only Plane in the Sky. I’m only about 15% in but I really like it so far. I Miss You When I Blink is on my TBR list.

  5. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life

    I love Pat Conroy so much, his fictional works. I was so sad when he passed away. I know that his wife is writing or has written about her life with him, and I am planning on reading that one. It looks like you had a pretty good nonfiction reading year so far. 🙂

  6. Bryan G. Robinson

    Adding The Only Plane in the Sky and I Miss You When I Blink right now…getting a long list from all the participants from this event so far. Don’t know when I’ll read them, though. Maybe they’ll be like those Inspector Ganache 😉 novels that I’ll never get to.

  7. Amanda

    Ooh, I’m so excited for you to read Joan Didion’s book!

    I just finished Reichl’s Save Me the Plums. It’s my new second favorite of her books, right behind Garlic and Sapphires.

  8. Angela

    The Only Plane in the Sky is on my TBR for this month – I ended up buying a copy because I didn’t want to wait for the library hold to come in!

  9. Rennie

    I want to read The Only Plane in the Sky but have been holding off because I’m sure it’s going to be emotionally brutal. Glad to hear it comes so highly recommended from you!

  10. Lisa notes

    Thanks for co-hosting this, Sarah! I’m thrilled to have discovered it since I’m such an avid reader of nonfiction. (Podcasts have cut into my nonfiction reading too, alas.) I’ve heard good things about The Only Plane in the Sky, but I’ve wondered if it would be too sad for me. After reading your review, I think maybe it would. 🙁 Becoming is one of my favorite reads of the year.

  11. Bookertalk

    The Only Plane in the Sky is calling to me though I know it’s going to be tough to read.
    I’m currently reading Becoming – a tremendous book which has only served to increase the level of admiration I had already for Michelle

  12. Natalie

    I listened to “Maybe you should talk to someone” and loved it. It was deep but I felt happy and better after listening. Also, listened to Becoming since Michelle is the reader. Other nonfiction, Sound of Gravel and The Polygamist’s Daughter were very well done on the extremist Mormon culture. Educated by Tara Westover was one I could not stop listening to. I find myself listening to more nonfiction than reading it these days as well.

  13. Liz Dexter

    Some great diverse reading here. I do print and ebooks not audio books but my husband, who is a big audio book reader, says he can’t read non-fiction in that way as he can’t follow it so well. Do you find fiction and non-fiction audios to read differently?

  14. Ellie

    I’m keen to read some more non-fiction next year and this seems like the perfect list to start with – thanks for sharing!

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