This month is Nonfiction November (click here for more info), and since I’ve been doing well reading one nonfiction book a month this year, I decided to up my game. There are quite a few nonfiction books on my shelves that I’m really excited for, and this is the perfect opportunity to read a few more than I normally would. There are four challenges for Nonfiction November – new, important, fascinating, and controversial – and I have books for all of them! Here is my (ambitious) TBR for the month:
Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird. I am currently about 100 pages into this biography about Queen Victoria. I love that it delves into the side of her that her descendants attempted to hide from history, because it makes her seem real. After all, she did become queen as a teenager, it wasn’t all going to be sunshine and roses. This book comes out later this month, so it will serve as my “new” book.
The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers. I’d been staring at this book for a while, but finally bought it after I started reading Victoria because it put me in the mood for biographies, which is pretty rare for me. I think it’s extremely relevant, and I’m excited to learn more about a figure who is constantly in the news (particularly during this election). This will count as my “controversial” book, though it may be a bit of a stretch, since I’m not sure the book itself is controversial, though Putin sure is.
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden. I’ll admit it, this was a total cover buy. Glossy white with a huge green emerald? Sold! I’ve always been fascinated by jewels and jewelry in relation to history (look up The Affair of the Diamond Necklace if you’re interested), so this book immediately caught my eye. I’ve been wanting to pick it up, and this seems like the perfect time. Obviously, it’s my “fascinating” book for the challenge.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. This month, I am going to try and finally pick up this book, which is all about how we’re heading for a sixth extinction (sounds scary, but one could argue it’s necessary for the survival of the human race on this planet). This has been on so many big reading lists that I feel like I need to pick it up. It will be my “important” book this month.
I may or may not pick up a fiction book or two this month depending on how school goes, but I am still participating in the Reading New England Challenge, and plan on reading the book I chose for November. The theme this month is Connecticut, so I decided to go with:
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. This is a young adult book involving the descendants of John Watson and Sherlock Holmes. It’s set at a Connecticut prep school, and just sounds like a fun read. It’ll be a nice break between all the nonfiction books I’ll be reading this month.
What’s on your reading list for this month? Are you participating in Nonfiction November?
P.S. Just in case you were wondering, I am not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. As much as I want to, I have decided it would be best to concentrate on school, since I will be finishing the majority of my thesis in the next few months. Between reading, blogging, school, and work, I’m already spread a bit thin. But I wish everyone who is participating the best of luck, and I can’t wait to read what you write!