Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

Well, Americans, how were your Thanksgivings? I hope you sternly noped any racisms you encountered from your relatives and ate plenty of delicious turkey. We are reaching the end of a wonderful Nonfiction November, hosted this week by the fab Lory from the Emerald City Book Review.

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 may as well confess now that I have not been as riotously active a participant in Nonfiction November as I intended. For one thing I was doing NaNoWriMo (I didn’t write a novel, I just wanted to write 50,000 words on the month total, including blog posts and things like that), which is a time suck; for another thing I had wonderful visitors visiting me off and on throughout the month; and for a third and emotionally wringing thing, this damn election happened and pulled focus away from rejoicing in books to, like, figuring out how I’m going to fight.1

Do not take this to mean that my commitment to nonfiction has dimmed. I love and cherish nonfiction and you wonderful nonfiction bloggers, and I will be taking your recs and screaming about nonfiction books with you for many months to come.ANYWAY. All of that to say that I wasn’t able to visit as many blogs and scream about as much nonfiction as I was hoping, this November. I did get some awesome recs, of which the one that excites me the most is Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty, and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England, by Sarah Wise. I got this rec from the new-to-me blog Curiosity Killed the Bookworm–thanks!! I’m always interested in ways the Victorians solved social problems, and the history of mental health commitments is particularly relevant to my current reading after I read the wonderful Committed earlier in the month.As always, thanks to all the wonderful hosts who made this event happen! I’m sorry that national events overshadowed it for me at times, and I’m already eagerly anticipating its return in 2017.

  1. The answer is “all the ways.”
  • The ‘Curiosity Killed the Bookworm’ blog is new to me, too, and I’m SO GLAD that Nonfic November led me to it.

  • Hibernators Library

    I, too, had a reading slump because of the election. It was unfortunate timing since I had a lot of good nonfiction lined up for this month. I’m already active in social/restorative justice in RL, so I decided to host a 2017 group read of 6 books that will help you understand Trump’s win, as outlined by the New York Times. That’s my way of fighting back right now. How do you plan on fighting back?

  • Kailana

    I didn’t get as much reading done for Nonfiction November as I planned either. It’s too bad.

  • Aarti

    I did not participate in this event, though I read loads of non-fiction in November! I am reading a ton of non-fiction these days, and have a lot on my TBR list. One that I want to read soon is this one:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/books/review/rights-gone-wrong-by-richard-thompson-ford-book-review.html

  • JeanPing

    I COMPLETELY FAILED at Nonfiction November, and it was totally the election. Sorry, NN people; I love your event, I love nonfiction, and the world got in the way.

    I did have a really pleasant Thanksgiving in which nobody mentioned politics at all, and we brought my FIL to hang out with my mom’s family and it worked out great, so that was pretty fabulous.

  • Ellie

    I hope you manage to get round to Inconvenient People!

  • NaNoWriMo is a huge time commitment and I’m sure it was a huge undertaking to try to write and take part in Nonfiction November. I am glad that you got to at least do some of it, and I hope that you got some good writing done.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    I’m impressed by anyone who participates in NaNoWriMo! And I made note of Inconvenient People, too.

  • Stefanie@SoManyBooks

    Did you reach your 50,000 word goal? I did it years and years ago right before it became a thing and gawd yes it is a huge time suck but it was fun and I hope you had fun too!

  • Wow Jenny. I came to this post thinking I’d get lots of Nonfiction titles to read. At least I got one and it looks like a doozy. So well done, you.

  • Thanks for jumping in as much as you can! I’m with you on your reaction to the election and I admire your ambitious writing goals!