(Nonfiction) November Reading List


This month, I will be participating in Nonfiction November. Which means I will be reading almost exclusively nonfiction (I still gotta fit my Shakespeare of the month in, though I do plan on choosing one of the histories, so it’s somewhat relevant). I thought about reading nothing but nonfiction, but that seems unrealistic and I’m afraid I’ll just get bored and end up reading like two books total. Instead, I decided to up my minimum nonfiction quota to three books this month. Hopefully I’ll read more, but I’m not promising anything. Here is my TBR for this month:

The Written World by Martin Puchner. This is the one book on this list that I really have to – hopefully – read this month, because I have an ARC and need to review it. It’s about the history of the written word, and how it has affected our world, which just sounds amazing.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. I absolutely loved Roxane Gay’s newest book, Hunger, when I read it a few months ago, and I need to read more. This is next on my list of Gay’s writing, and I’m really hoping to get to it this month.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by John Krakauer. This has been on my TBR for a while now, so I’m really hoping to read it this month. It’s a topic I feel passionately about – more so in light of recent political developments – and I am curious to read more in depth about it.

I am also hoping to read a memoir, because I have several unread memoirs to get to and I’ve actually been really into memoirs this year. I haven’t decided which yet, but it will likely be a fun celebrity memoir – I need something upbeat.

As for Shakespeare, I haven’t decided what I’m reading this month yet. I was planning on reading Henry V, and then I realized I’d already read it, so I need to find something else. Maybe Henry VIII or Pericles? Let me know if you can recommend a history (other than Henry V and the Richards, because I’ve already read those).

What are you planning on reading this month? Are you participating in Nonfiction November?

P.S. Yes, I know there is an official Nonfiction November. I decided not to participate in the challenges this year (I couldn’t come up with a TBR I was happy with), but I will be following along and participating by reading a lot of nonfiction.

28 thoughts on “(Nonfiction) November Reading List

  1. Ye could read Henry IV part one which tells the story of Henry V when he is younger (among other things). I saw Henry V first in Stratford and then later read Henry IV parts one and two. Let’s just say that the perspectives of Henry V changed dramatically (no pun intended) when I read what a punk he was in those two plays. In fact Henry IV is personally one of me favorite Shakespeare plays overall.
    x The Captain

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    1. I’ve read the first chapter of The Written World, and was a bit disappointed, to be honest. Will be doing a review at some point, though. I haven’t read Henry IV yet, but you’re the second person to recommend it, so that’s what I might go with. I’ll probably end up reading part I this month and part II next month.


  2. I’m participating in Non-Fiction November! Although my goal is only to read one NF pick, maaaaybe two — I don’t think I could manage three since I’m also trying to squeeze in all the 2017 fiction releases I want to read by the end of the year! It’s funny, I said almost exactly the same thing about celebrity memoirs. I’ve read a decent amount of NF this year, but not any fun memoirs. I was thinking maybe Anna Kendrick’s or Lauren Graham’s.

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    1. I really enjoyed both of those! Also loved Carrie Fisher’s last book. They’re all great picks if you want a fun nonfiction read. Good luck with your Nonfiction November reading!


  3. I always intend to read more non-fiction but it never happens, even when I participate in things like this. So I admire your ambitions for Non-Fiction November! The most non-fiction I might read is Jeff Vandermeer’s Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction which I bought to try to help inspire me for NaNoWriMo.

    Re: Shakespeare, if you enjoyed Henry V have you considered giving Henry IV a try? It’s two parts but the first in particular is probably one of my favourite Shakespeare plays – it’s such fun, and the character of “Hal” is vastly different on the surface from the “Henry V” he becomes so it’s interesting to chart his development.

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  4. Oo great TBR for non-fiction november, I’m excited to see what you think of Bad Feminist because it has been on my TBR for a while. I’m not particularly taking part in non-fiction november because of being back at university i’m reading non fiction linked to my course as well as fiction. I did just read Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates which was a good read if you haven’t read it before?
    A short one as well 🙂

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  5. All three books on this list sound great! I definitely want to read Bad Feminist at some point. I wish I was done with uni and could do Non-fiction November as well. Sigh. Have fun reading!! x

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