Happy Tuesday, book worms! Today I’m bringing you my Nonfiction November TBR. This is a readathon that’s hosted by Olive (A Book Olive) and Gemma (Non Fic Books). I really enjoy reading nonfiction, but I also revamped my love of SFF books this year so I haven’t read nearly as many as I wanted to so far in 2018. I won’t be reading only nonfiction (I’ll be throwing in some fiction as my buddy reads), but I do want to read a majority nonfiction.
This readathon has suggested word pairing to guide our book choices, so the themes are: Past time/Past-time, Micro/Macro, Self/Shelf and Wander/wonder. I’d like to keep my TBR as open as possible so I can mood read/swap categories where possible, but here’s what I’m thinking for the books to fit the categories:
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong, which is about the billions of bacteria that inhabit our bodies.
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, which collects Hawking’s talks/essays on various topics as religion, black holes and time travel
The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry, which is about a group of developmentally disabled men were exploited after being shipped from Texas to a tiny town in Iowa to work at a turkey processing plant for 35 years, all for $65 a month in terrible working and living conditions.
I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller, which is a book about the TV show Friends, which I’m all about (even though the show has it’s problematic elements)
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister, which is a book along the same vein as Rage Becomes Her, about the political power of angry women.
I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel, because what’s a book blogger to do but read a book about books.
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, which will be my final Roach book. I’ve been putting it off so I didn’t run out of her books, but I think now is the time.
Juniper by Kelley and Thomas French, which is about a girl who was born prematurely and how she miraculously survived (aka through the help of the medical profession). I heard the beginnings of this story on Radiolab, so I’d love to hear the rest.
Now, that’s the baseline TBR, but that’s only 8 books when I’ve been reading 15/20 books a month recently. So here are the other books I have my eye on/already have checked out.
- Both of Phoebe Robinson’s books (You Can’t Touch My Hair and Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay) because I love her podcast 2 Dope Queens and have a feeling that humor will translate well to a memoir narrated by her.
- American Fire by Monica Hesse (I got this from Book of the Month ages ago, so it’s about time I read it).
- She Wants It by Jill Soloway
- Accessory to War by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
- My Own Devices by Dessa
- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart