Nonfiction November Week One: My Year in Nonfiction

Thanks to Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness for hosting this week!  So my sister is the one who told me about Nonfiction-November-2015-300x300Nonfiction November, she led our posting last year and then this year she’s informed me that she’s too busy watching Orphan Black to get in on Week 1 – to which I say, excellent life choice seestra.  Maybe there’s a nonfiction book about cloning that she can pick-up though?


When I look at my year in nonfiction and compare it to some others I am woefully behind, but I’m ok with that.  I feel more conscious of trying to pick up good nonfiction than I have before and I am super excited about some of the books I want to try to read this month.

What was your favorite non-fiction book of the year?

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon.  I found this book completely fascinating and I cannot recommend it enough.  And it doubles as an arm work-out if you get the hardcover!  

Other highlights for me were Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America and Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.  I have high hopes for Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – I mean honestly, RBG is a total badass so this book has to be amazing.  Update – it made me laugh and cry on the train this morning.  


What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

For a lighter nonfiction I’ve recommended Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby.  I have also talked a lot about Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott I think – so interesting!  As an aside, my husband says Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw by Mark Bowden is his top pick – an interesting one for sure!

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

I am a lot faster at picking up new fiction titles obviously than nonfiction, partially because I read nonfiction much more slowly.  But I love learning about new titles that are out or older ones that I’ve missed so I can build my reading list.  I love finding new books that will teach me or finding a chance to push the topics that fascinate me onto others!

Are you having a Nonfiction November? What’s on your list?


  1. I’m not having a Nonfiction November, but all the books you just mentioned above make me wish I was! I do love following everyone else, though, and hearing about the books they like best. Maybe I’ll try to plan better for next year…
    Have fun! I’ll be curious to see if you can top Romantic Outlaws!

  2. I will probably read some nonfiction this month – I have two more books on the TBR Pile Challenge list and one of them is nonfiction. Plus there’s just something about this time of year that works for reading nonfiction. I’m about 30 pages away from finishing The Invention of Murder. But I’ve gone back and forth on loving it or slogging through it. Started watching Narcos on Netflix last night – maybe that will make me want to read your husband’s nonfiction pick! Or maybe that’s a Christmas gift idea waiting to happen…

  3. Romantic Outlaws was on my TBR list for awhile but it “expired” before I got a chance to read it. Maybe it should take a second tour there? Headstrong sounds like a great book. I love science and wish more girls/women were encouraged to pursue it as a career. Do you ever listen to the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast? They have a feature each week about “forgotten” scientific heroes and often feature women who, due to cultural biases, didn’t get their due in their own time.

    Good for your seestra re Orphan Black. One of my favorite shows – and actresses!

  4. Your reading recommendations are making me happy! I also thought Ghettoside and Into Thin Air were really well done and the other books you’ve read or recommended all sound awesome too! Thanks for joining us this month 🙂

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