Nonfiction November TBR | Readathon

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

Past time

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.

Are you reading any nonfiction in November? Give me your recommendations!


  1. This is a fantastic list of books (Thank you!) I’m sure your non-fiction TBR list is huge but I just read a great book called “We Can Do It: A Community Takes on the Challenge of School Desegregation” by Michael Gengler. I used to be more into US history when I was younger but I think it resonated with me now because I came away feeling inspired to unify for a greater good, just like the events in the book described. It is about how in the 50s and 60s, the people from Gainesville Florida came together to desegregate the schools in their community. Reading about the challenges that they faced painted a really informative perspective. I definitely recommend it!

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