November Reading List – Dark Nonfiction


I cannot believe there are only two months left in 2018. This year has flown by so quickly! But I am so glad that my favorite time of year is here (sweater weather!), and I have some exciting reading planned for the next two months.

This month, I will be celebrating Nonfiction November – it’s amazing, you should, too! But, since I do have some reading commitments that are not nonfiction (and I don’t want to cause a reading slump), I can’t do exclusively nonfiction reading this month, but I am challenging myself to read at least two nonfiction books, instead of my usual one. And, since I’ve been doing really well with my reading lately, and I’m trying to fit as many books as possible into the remainder of the year, this list is super ambitious.

Here’s what I’m planning to read in November:

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris. I recently picked this one up, and it just sounds so fascinating. I love the Victorian Era, and I am fascinated by anything to do with medicine.

Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart by Claire Harman. Since I’m going nonfiction, I wanted to pick up a biography this month, which are always a bit more challenging for me to get through. To be fair, I picked this one because it’s super short (my other options are Washington, Einstein, and Napoleon). But it does have great reviews, and I love the Brontë sisters, so I think I’m going to enjoy this one.

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. This book has been on my TBR for ages. It’s about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary (which I’m a huge fan of). I’m so curious about the true story behind the OED, and I think I might try to get to the audiobook this month.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. I read The Thirteenth Tale ages ago, and loved it, so I was excited to get an ARC of Setterfield’s newest novel. It comes out early December, so I’m planning on reading and reviewing it this month.

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. I decided to go with a comedy for my Shakespeare play of the month because I thought it’d be a nice contrast to the more serious books on my list this month.

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. Not exactly nonfiction, but based on a true story. And I love historical fiction in the fall, so I want to read at least one this month.

I think that’s it for November. I am hoping to read a lot more than this, but we’ll see how my month goes.

What’s on your Nonfiction November reading list?

4 thoughts on “November Reading List – Dark Nonfiction

  1. Good luck with your reading plans!
    At the moment I am reading “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy and my plan for November is mainly to finish reading it. Whatever comes on top of that is a bonus for this month 🙂

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