Well, at the start of November I said I wanted to add lots of nonfiction to my TBR, and this month definitely delivered. Here are a few books I’m now very keen to get my hands on.
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Ellie from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm recommended it in her first post of the month and her review here really sold it to me, though I will save it for a day when I am feeling especially robust. It sounds pretty devastating.
The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson. I enjoyed Fariba’s comments on this essay collection and I have loved everything else I’ve read by Robinson. As someone who is reformed evangelical by theology, but has deep disagreements with the US religious right (which parts of the UK political scene are desperately trying to imitate), I am curious to hear from someone with apparently similar views to mine.
The Novel of the Century by David Bellos was mentioned in a few different posts, including this one by Words and Peace. I loved Les Miserables when I read it a few years ago, and I’d like to read more on the subject.
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nahesi Coates. This recommendation didn’t come from a blogger at all. Rather, one of my favourite journalists wrote a great review of it for the New Statesman, and one of my favourite vloggers mentioned it in her TBR for this month. I am trying to take a bit of a break from reading more about US politics than I can help, but I do want to get to this eventually.
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. I love science fiction, even though I don’t review a lot of it here, and this nonfiction book about phasers, teleporting, and time travel just sounds like EXACTLY what I want to read next. The recommendation is from this Book Riot list.
Thank you, everyone that I got a recommendation from! I have very much enjoyed Nonfiction November and can’t wait to participate next year.
Thanks for the shout out! Wow, I had missed Physics of the Impossible, sounds fantastic! so, one more nonfiction on my TBR, lol!
I definitely added a lot of nonfiction to my TBR in November.
One of my students wrote a report about James Bond gadgets and how realistic they are, which reminds of your book about phasers, teleporting, and time travel! I can’t wait for that review! *pew pew!*
I am so looking forward to reading it! I think of all the books on this list it’s the one I’m most excited about.
I’m reading We Were Eight Years in Power right now, and it is so good. I need to read more by Marilynne Robinson – I read Housekeeping, and I usually love stories about sisters but it didn’t grab me. I plan to read Gilead next.
I haven’t read Housekeeping yet but I’ve heard it’s not as engaging as Gilead, so it’s not currently high on my list.
I didn’t take part in Nonfiction November, but I just had to butt in and rave about The Radium Girls. Honestly, it was incredible. Just don’t read it in a public place – I ended up crying on a train…
I am really looking forward to it (though not sure “looking forward” is exactly the right phrase for something so tragic).