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Last week, I kicked off my Nonfiction November with a look back on the nonfiction books I’ve read in 2018, and yesterday I posted what I call a “tour through a topic” with nonfiction and fiction books on Auschwitz, Joseph Mengele, and the Warsaw Zoo and occupation of Poland. This week, I’m looking ahead to my nonfiction reading plans for the month–and my list is pretty ambitious.
All of these books have been sitting on my shelf for ages and reading them will accomplish both my nonfiction goals and tick some off of my Read My Shelf Challenge.
November 2018 Reading List
Because I know that reading only nonfiction for an entire month (especially one that’s a little more stressful than most and caps off with a holiday and visitors) is probably too much, I’m planning to squeeze in a couple of fiction reads–a short one that’s been getting raves and one that I’ve been wanting to reread.
Hopefully between these and a couple of narrative nonfiction books on my list, November will turn out to be a successful reading month.
I’m linking up with Literary Quicksand, Rachel at Never Enough Novels, and Allison at My Novel Life for the TBR Mix ‘n Mingle. On the first Wednesday of each month we share the books we’re planning to read.
This true story of a man who, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, travels the city by canoe helping neighbors and animals, has been on my shelf for nearly a year. Following his efforts, Abdulrahman Zeitoun was then arrested by police officers in his home.
I loved Dave Eggers’ What Is the What, and this book promises to be just as riveting.
Madeleine L’Engle shares reflections on her life and career while visiting her place of retreat. I love author memoirs and learning about how they write, find inspiration, and stay motivated. I’ve also heard this book offers resonant reflections on motherhood and identity, which are always welcome.
If any of the books fall off my list, it will be this one. Diamond’s book on the geographical and environmental factors that shaped the modern world has been an intimidating presence on my bookshelf for a while, but I do want to at least give it shot. I have the audio version borrowed and the hardcopy on my shelf, and I’d like to try the technique of listening to the audio on higher speed while reading along in the book. I have started listening to the audio on its own, and Diamond asks some intriguing questions.
I have heard amazing things about this book and I’m eager to get to it during Nonfiction November. This story of a secret gathering of women in Tehran that reads forbidden Western classics promises to be a reminder that not everyone has the privilege of treating reading as merely a hobby. For many, it is a subversive, political act, worth the risk of punishment.
A whole month of nonfiction is a little too much for me, so I’m looking forward to working in these books.
I’ve read this book twice before, but it’s been a long time and I’ve been wanting to revisit it. When Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books suggested a reread on Twitter, it seemed like the right time–and very fitting that some other bloggers are doing a Margaret Atwood Reading Month as well. I haven’t yet watched the Hulu series, but I might give it a shot after my reread.
What are you reading in November?