2019 Nonfiction Book Roundup for #NonficNov

Nonfiction November


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Hosted by Julz Reads, the Week 1 prompt for Nonfiction November (#NonficNov) is “Your Year in Nonfiction.”

If it was not for nonfiction, I would have almost no book discussions with my husband. Since our early days of dating, we have reached for nonfiction audio books to listen together on road trips and to this day, these are pretty much the only genre of books we both enjoy. This is a huge incentive for me to read more nonfiction although normally I don’t really need that extra push as I naturally do reach for nonfiction when the subject interests me.

A word about my nonfiction reading habits. I mostly read fiction, but I do have a special place in my heart for nonfiction: especially history and memoir. Also, like many, I mostly prefer to listen to nonfiction on audio. If you asked me about how much nonfiction I read, I would guess that around 20 percent of my reading on any given year is nonfiction. Taking a look at my actual numbers for the year, I am pretty close to that. So far this year I have read 73 books and 17 of them have been nonfiction so: 23%. Last year (the first year I tracked my reading), I read about 17% nonfiction for the year.

So, nonfiction is not my favorite or most-read genre but it does represent a significant percentage of my reading life (15-20%). Here are the actual nonfiction books I have read so far in 2019 along with how I rated them.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (2017, Doubleday)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕🍕(5/5 Slices); My review

Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (2017, Vintage)

My rating: 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices)

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by David Carreyrou (2018, Knopf)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices)

This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace (2019, Grand Central)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕🍕(5/5 Slices); My review

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (2019, Atria)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕🍕(5/5 Slices); My review

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (2012, Vintage)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices)

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl (2019, Random House)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices); My review

Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis (2019, Doubleday)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 (3/5 Slices)

Wild by Cheryl Strayed (2012, Knopf)

My rating = 🍕🍕 🍕 (3/5 Slices)

Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome by Katherine Harmon Courage (2019, Avery)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices); My review

On Writing

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (2000, Scribner)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices)

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat (2017, Simon Shuster)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕🍕(5/5 Slices)

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fischer (2016, Blue Rider Press)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices)

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (2012, Free Press)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices)

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear (2018, Avery)

My rating = 🍕🍕 🍕 (3/5 Slices)

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas (Originally published in 1996, New Edition: 2017, Gallery Books)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕🍕(5/5 Slices): review

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Nov 2019, Grand Central)

My rating = 🍕🍕🍕 🍕 (4/5 Slices); My review

Note: I received an advance review copy (ARC) from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

What nonfiction books have you read this year? Do you plan to or have you read any of these?

8 thoughts on “2019 Nonfiction Book Roundup for #NonficNov

  1. History and memoir are definitely my most-read nonfiction topics as well! I watched the Salt Fat Acid Heat series on Netflix and was just swept away in the food and the stories, I’m really interested in reading her book!

  2. Interesting—our reviews on all the books we’ve read in common are almost exactly the same except for Atomic Habits (I gave it 5 stars and actually requested my own copy of it for my birthday). Some of the others on this are on my radar to maybe pick up at some point (like Stranger in the Woods), but I definitely know I’m too much of a chicken to read any of the crime/FBI books!

    1. I noticed that and followed you on Bloglovin (and Insta). liked Atomic Habits. I am a list-making and time management junky and just feel like I knew or already do many of the things he talked about. Probably not as religiously, though (and so it was a good reminder). I am always talking to my hubby about what system we can put in place to achieve X or Y….(again, not that we are always successful at it!) I started following him on social media and want to keep reading his stuff because I did really like him…..

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