#NonficNov – Your Year in Non-Fiction

 

This week sees the launch of Non-Fiction November. This is my first time participating. I’ll be posting for each topic every Friday during the month.

Week 1: (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1) Your Year in Nonfiction hosted by julzreads.com

Week 2: (Nov. 4 to 8) Book Pairing hosted by SarahsBookshelves.com

Week 3: (Nov. 11 to 15) Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert hosted by DoingDeweyDecimal.com

Week 4: (Nov. 18 to 22) Nonfiction Favorites hosted by ShelfAware

Week 5: (Nov. 25 to 29) New to My TBR hosted by WhatsNonFiction.com

 

I’ve read only fourteen non fiction titles so far this year (though posted reviews for 18), I had planned to read a minimum of two a month, so I’ve fallen short of my self imposed target.

Of those fourteen, Unbelievable by T Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong is the one that I would recommend without hesitation. It is an accessible and utterly compelling story focusing on the experience of a young girl who was accused, and convicted of making a false report of rape. More than two years later the capture of a serial rapist revealed photographs taken of the young woman during her ordeal. She had told the truth. My review is HERE.

You can click HERE to view all past reviews for non fiction titles at Book’d Out, or use the Category menu in the sidebar on the right.

I’m most often drawn to nonfiction that falls under the genres of true crime/law, humour, memoirs, history, psychology, and social science. I’m rarely interested in celebrity autobiographies/biographies, arts, fashion, religion/spirituality, business/economics, politics, wellness/self-help, or philosophy.

By participating in NonFiction November, I’m looking forward to exploring new to me NonFiction titles, and finding new bloggers to follow. I also hope to read some of the titles I’ve added to my wishlist during this past year. I’ve made a list of fifteen books and I am going to get through as many as I can during the month, between my review commitments.

I had a really hard time whittling down this list. In part it’s been determined by what I can easily access either in print or ebook, only two are books I’ve received for review. I’m likely going to share a mixture of mini and full reviews. The list is not in any particular order, except for the first, what I choose to read will likely depend on my mood.

(The titles are linked to Goodreads)

Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Bush Doctors by Annabelle Brayley

Unmentionable by Therese Oneill

They Walk Among Us by Benjamin Fitton

Nobody’s Victim by Carrie Goldberg

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

The Miracle and Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets by Sarah Miller

Syria’s Secret Library by Mike Thomson

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis

Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman

Fifty Things That Arent My Fault by Cathy Gausewite

Killer instinct by Donald Grant

Murder Misadventure and Miserable Ends by Dr Catie Gilchrist

I’m really looking forward to seeing what other participants in NonFiction November will be recommending and reading this month.

#NonficNov

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Nov 01, 2019 @ 16:47:44

    I’m happy to find your lovely blog (through your comment on mine!). Happy posting and NF reading! Since you like true crime, you might like Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. 👍😍

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  2. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf
    Nov 01, 2019 @ 18:05:02

    I’m a total mood reader, too. I read it a long time ago, but I LOVED Word Freak! If you’re into Scrabble, I think you’ll find it completely fascinating.

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  3. jessicabookworm
    Nov 01, 2019 @ 20:56:16

    Shelleyrae, its a shame you haven’t met the two non-fictions a month you wanted to read, however I think 14 non-fictions read is really impressive! I hope you enjoy taking part in Nonfiction November and happy reading! 🙂

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  4. louloureads
    Nov 01, 2019 @ 21:31:12

    Word Freak is on my TBR as well! I love Scrabble.

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  5. gulfsidemusing
    Nov 01, 2019 @ 23:50:38

    You’ve read a lot of great nonfiction even if you didn’t make the 2/month goal! Unbelievable sounds like in interesting read. Confessions of a Bookseller and Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault are both on my wish list. Inheritance was my favorite nonfiction of the year.

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  6. Heather
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 00:28:59

    Unbelievable sounds like the kind of book where I’d be yelling at people!

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  7. whatsnonfiction
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 00:39:04

    Unbelievable was one of my favorites the year I read it, what an incredible and important story. Confessions of a Bookseller and Unmentionable have been on my list and I’ve heard so many good things about both! I just got a copy of Murder, Misadventure, and Miserable Ends and can’t wait to start it, maybe will get to it this month too. And I really liked Syria’s Secret Library, curious to hear what you think of it. And looking forward to your posts, glad you’re taking part!

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  8. bevbaird
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 01:25:53

    There’s a few of your choices on my TBR. Unbelievable looks intriguing.

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  9. Colletta
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 02:33:40

    I’m mood reader also and had a hard time picking a few books for Nonfiction November! Thanks for stopping by Colletta’s Kitchen Sink!

    Colletta

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  10. The Paperback Princess
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 04:36:11

    I am definitely a mood reader. I have a stack of books that I would like to read but also a cupboard full of all the nonfiction titles I collect and never read. I tend to hoard them for this time of year!
    Seems like Inheritance has been on everyone’s list this year! Either they’ve read it or they want to. Am seriously thinking about adding it to mine.
    Happy reading!

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  11. Tina
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 06:02:58

    Oh wow! You reminded me to put Unbelievable on my list. I saw the Netflix doc but am definitely interested in the book.

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  12. Janet from FL
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 06:20:43

    I got 1 off your list added to my TBR — Bush Doctors, sounds very interesting! I loved “Inheritance” by Shapiro too! But then I am an ancestry.com fan. Thanks for sharing your list.

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  13. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 13:23:45

    This is a fun challenge! Enjoy your nonfiction reading.

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  14. Jane the Raincity Librarian
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 15:53:59

    Oh wow, Unbelievable sounds like a deeply uncomfortable, but very important story. What a terrible, terrible ordeal for that poor woman. I’m definitely drawn to history and true crime in nonfiction as well.

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  15. Kate W
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 17:16:22

    I watched the Netflix series on Unbelievable – not ready to back it up with the book just yet but will get to it. A horrifying story but totally believable (as you will see when you get to Eggshell Skull).

    And when you need some light NF reading, grab Life Moves Pretty Fast – it’s good fun.

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  16. Beth F
    Nov 02, 2019 @ 21:29:22

    Can’t wait to see which books you end up reading this month.

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  17. the bookworm
    Nov 03, 2019 @ 01:58:30

    Non-Fiction November sounds like fun. Enjoy it!
    I tend to watch more non-fiction than read it but Unbelievable sounds like a really good one. I added Unmentionable to my wish list, so thanks for the recommendation!

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  18. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Nov 03, 2019 @ 03:47:23

    I like to read True Crime as well. Unbelievable sounds insane. How awful. 😦

    They Walk Among Us and Confessions of a Bookseller are definitely going on my list!

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  19. WordsAndPeace
    Nov 03, 2019 @ 07:28:40

    I had not heard about Unbelievable, amazing story!

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  20. Lisa notes...
    Nov 03, 2019 @ 11:12:03

    Well, we may be on opposite ends of the nonfiction spectrum, but I still enjoy seeing your list and getting some ideas! 🙂 I just got a Kindle sample sent to me on a historical fiction recommendation on the Dionne Quintuplets.

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  21. the most constant
    Nov 03, 2019 @ 13:21:20

    You have me beat- I’ve only read eight non-fiction books this year!

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  23. Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 02:57:09

    Great list! Only one I have read was Inheritance which I did not make it all the way through. Love seeing so many I have not heard of and will be checking out!

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  24. Jenny @ Reading the End
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 05:15:45

    Unbelievable looks like SUCH a hard read. I would say that my biggest area of nonfiction ignorance is true crime, because I’m such a baby and I have a hard time facing it. But maybe I’ll get some excellent recs this month! 🙂

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  25. Liz Dexter
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 19:09:16

    Of your list, I’ve read Confessions of a Bookseller and Word Freak – I read the latter so long ago but remember it as being very good – and I’ve kept it all these years and I’m quite good at weeding books out. Happy reading! We overlap on sociology and I’ll be interested to see all your reviews (I didn’t dare do an actual list but am going to work my way through some more TBR).

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  26. Cleo @ The Ideal Book Life
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 23:28:33

    I just signed up for Nonfiction November, late to the party, but I see several books of yours that I would probably enjoy.Of course Unbelievable looks great to me as I read a similar-themed book this year called Missoula. It’s time for young women to be believed, Things have to change.

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  27. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 00:16:52

    Being a mood reader definitely makes compiling a to read list quite hard, but variety (such as you have here) is key. I hope you’re able to make a good dent in the books listed. Happy reading this November!

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  28. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks
    Nov 07, 2019 @ 00:23:01

    I’ve been wanting to read Unbelievable ever since watching the Netflix drama based on it and your recommendation has made me go order the book, thank you 🙂

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  29. hibernatorslibrary
    Nov 08, 2019 @ 02:45:44

    Is Unbelievable the book that a Netflix series of the same subject was based on? Didn’t know it was a book.

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  31. BookerTalk
    Nov 08, 2019 @ 08:31:41

    I’m also dipping into Confessions of a Bookseller this month. Highly amusing but also has a serious element. It makes you wonder why anyone would want to run a bookshop, the profit levels are non existent

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