I am always looking for my next great nonfiction read. I’ve been making it a point of reading more nonfiction over the past few years. I have learned so much about anything and everything, and I love it so much. It just genuinely makes me happy to be learning new things and to have that new knowledge. So the nonfiction reading will not be stopping anytime soon (or ever).

I’m not just reading nonfiction all the time, I am also constantly adding new nonfiction to my TBR – recommendations are welcome! But, for today, we’re just looking at the most recent nonfiction additions to my Goodreads TBR. I’m genuinely excited to read all of these, and I love that they’re all so different.

The Most Recent Nonfiction Additions to My TBR

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

I had heard of this book in passing, but never really looked into it. Until I watched a YouTube video about what best-selling authors are reading during quarantine. And Chelsea Handler was reading this. Which sounds absolutely fascinating. It’s about a family with twelve children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia. I am curious about the role of family and genetics in mental illness, so this one seems right up my alley.

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone by Juli Berwald

Hannah left this recommendation on my Earth Day Reading List post, and I immediately added it to my TBR. For some reason, I have been drawn to nonfiction about sea creatures (I really enjoyed The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery), and this one just sounds really great. I love the ocean – even though it terrifies me – and jellyfish and science. So I feel like I’m going to love this book, too.

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

I have yet to read an Erik Larson book (despite the fact that at least one of his books has been sitting on my shelves for about five years). I have been meaning to read his books, and feel like I’ll really enjoy them when I do. It just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe I need to fix that this year. Anyway, what sold me on this one is about Winston Churchill, who is just a fascinating figure. It was also a Book of the Month pick by guest judge Jennifer Morrison. Clearly, I have a weakness for unexpected celebrity nonfiction recommendations.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

I have absolutely been loving memoirs lately (I was blown away by Know My Name by Chanel Miller), and this one just seems like a must-read for this year. Everyone seems to be talking about it and loving it – it has a 4.32 average rating on Goodreads – so I obviously need to read it. I’m giving into the hype. It’s a Reese Witherspoon book club pick, the cover is magnificent, and also BOTM messed up and sent me two copies. So I clearly have to read this.

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

This is the only author on this list I have previously read – I picked up Missoula a few years ago and really enjoyed it (though it was very awkward reading a book about college rape in the waiting room during jury duty). Recently, I fell into a YouTube black hole about Everest. It is something I will never attempt, and have no inclination to, but I am absolutely fascinated by it and really appreciate that there are videos out there for me to experience virtually. Jon Krakauer was present during the worst disaster recorded on Everest – in 1996 eight people died in an avalanche attempting to summit. I am so curious, and I love that this is truly a first-hand account – I just can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, but it’s happening soon.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe found something new to add you your TBR. What’s a nonfiction book you loved that you think I should add to my TBR next? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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    1. Thanks!

      Honestly, there are a lot of nonfiction books I want to get to before these (I’m just about to start the audiobook of Stamped from the Beginning), but I do think I’m going to end up loving both of those when I finally pick them up. Good to hear you loved Into Thin Air! I feel like it might give me anxiety, but I want to read it anyway.


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