Nonfiction November: Summary and New Additions to my TBR List

Nonfiction November

This post is part of Nonfiction November hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, Becca at I’m Lost in Books, and Leslie at Regular Rumination.

Wow, what a month! I was so happy to have the motivation to read some nonfiction, since much of this year has been about fiction for me. In addition to the books below, I shared my All-Time Favorite Nonfiction Books and books about the Kennedys.

I liked every book I read and I ended up getting two additions to my Holiday Gift Guide and one to my Best Books of the Year list from my Nonfiction November reading!

Nonfiction November Reading Plans

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott (review)
Will be included in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide.

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (review)
Will be included on my upcoming Best Books of the Year List.

Striking Gridiron by Greg Nichols (review coming on Wednesday, 11/26)
Will be included in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide.

Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (review)

I also loved reading everyone else’s reviews, lists, and suggestions. Here are some books that I added to my completely out of control TBR list…

Empty Mansions, Fighter Pilot's Daughter, The Collapse, The Patriarch, Joseph Kennedy, Underground Girls of Kabul

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
Thanks to Gun in Act One…and a number of other bloggers!

Fighter Pilot’s Daughter by Mary Lawlor
I did not get this recommendation through Nonfiction November, but I thought I’d include it anyway since it’s a memoir!

The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall by Mary Elise Sarotte
Thanks to My Book Strings!

The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by  David Nasaw
Thanks to Musings From A Bookmammal!

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
Thanks to Leila at Readers’ Oasis…and a number of other bloggers!

How was your Nonfiction November (if you participated)? What books did you add to your TBR list?

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  1. Anita wrote:

    You had some wonderful reads!! I did not read as much non fiction but it’s all good.

    Posted 11.23.14 Reply
  2. Great books! I’ll second (or third or fourth) The Underground Girls of Kabul — it was fascinating.

    Posted 11.23.14 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Haha – or 5th, 6th…I feel like I saw so many people raving about that one. Looking forward to reading it.

      Posted 11.23.14 Reply
  3. Glad to hear you had such a great time with Nonfiction November! I’m definitely interested in reading My Salinger Year and With You There is No Us…plus several of your TBR’s 🙂

    Posted 11.23.14 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I loved NN – so glad I could participate and am in for next year! I also kind of forgot to keep good track of all my TBRs from NN, so I missed a bunch in my wrap-up. Will need to keep better track next year! I think you’ll like both of those!

      Posted 11.23.14 Reply
  4. Susan wrote:

    Good job reading all this nonfiction. Wow. They look like good books. The Civil War spy one especially interests me. cheers.

    Posted 11.23.14 Reply
  5. Wasn’t it a great month? Of these I have read My Salinger Year and Empty Mansions, both recommended. Liar Temptress Soldier Spy is high on my list too (as on many others).

    Posted 11.24.14 Reply
  6. It was a great month of nonfiction. I definitely want to read Without You, There Is No Us (and almost 40 other books that were mentioned, hahaha).

    Posted 11.24.14 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Wow – that is a LOT of new books for the TBR!

      Posted 11.24.14 Reply
  7. Without You There is No Us is on my to-read list now too. It sounds fascinating! I’ll add yet another vote of confidence in The Underground Girls of Kabul. I learned a lot reading it and felt like the author did a great job making the women whose stories she told feel relatable.

    Posted 11.26.14 Reply

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