Favorite Nonfiction Books: #NonficNov

November 18, 2019

Favorite Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction November
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I’m eager to participate in Nonfiction November this year hosted by Doing Dewey, Julz Reads, What’s Nonfiction, Sarah’s Book Shelves, and Shelf-Aware. During November, you will notice one nonfiction focused post each week:

Weekly Topics:

My Year in Nonfiction

Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings

Nonfiction and Racial Injustice

Nonfiction Favorites (today’s post)

Nonfiction TBR

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Favorite Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction November is an opportunity to reflect on the year, to celebrate and appreciate nonfiction, and to share recommendations.

Today for Nonfiction November hosted by Leann from Shelf-Aware, I am sharing my favorite recommendations for nonfiction books. What are your favorite titles?

Please join me for Nonfiction November!

10 Favorite Memoirs
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10 Favorite Memoirs:

Is there something specific you look for when choosing a nonfiction read? A favorite genre? A favorite tone or theme or subject?

My favorite nonfiction tends to be memoirs…..not celebrity memoirs or misery memoirs or fluffy-I’m-going-to-write-some-words-and-fill-300-pages memoirs….but substantial and thought-provoking memoirs that have a theme beyond the author’s personal experience. Some examples include:

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Glass Castle

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

the hiding place

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

Tattoos on the Heart

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With Morrie

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis

A Grief Observed

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (MG)

Brown Girl Dreaming

Unbroken: A World War 11 Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (Louis Zamperini)
(This is technically a biography, but because Louis Zamperini was interviewed first hand, I also shelved it as memoir.)


Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Wait Till Next Year

Tell Me More: Stories About the Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan

Tell Me More

Currently Reading:
Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

Finding chika


I’d love to hear your favorite nonfiction books!

Fall TBR Update

Three more…

Happy Reading Book Friends!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. The Glass Castle is one of my all-time favorites, such an amazing book!

    I’ve heard lots of good things about Unbroken and think I even have a copy of it somewhere, I really need to get to that one. And I remember coming across Tell Me More last year when it came out and for some reason never added it to my list, it sounds really lovely. Thanks for reminding me of it. Wonderful list of memoirs!!

    • It is a difficult read…..especially in the middle section when he was detained by the Japanese……I had to skim some of that section …… in every other part, I was hanging on every word! I didn’t see the movie because I was afraid I couldn’t handle it.

    • Boys in the Boat is languishing on my TBR! I liked In Pieces and it was more tragic than I anticipated! I thought about Columbine but at the time I was teaching and just felt it might be too triggering for me. Thanks for sharing Jonetta! 👍😍

  2. I have not read The Glass Castle although I have had a copy on my bookshelf for quite awhile now. I am hoping to read at least one non-fiction book a month in 2020 to try and increase the amount of non-fiction I read. I will keep some of these in mind, although I have read both of the Mitch Albom books.

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