As the month of November comes to a close, sadly so does Kim and Leslie’s Nonfiction November reading project. Kudos to the two of them for hatching this delightful little conspiracy. Their wonderfully conceived project generated a high degree of blogger participation with many great posts. Kim, Leslie and anyone else who participated in the project should take a well deserved bow.
This week’s topic and last in the series is New to My TBR. According to host Kim, What nonfiction have you added to your toppling TBR pile this month? Be sure to credit which bloggers you heard about titles from (if you can remember)! After spending a month reading a ton of great posts in which a number of great nonfiction books were featured, this is no easy task! But if I had to sit down and ask myself which books are now on my to be read list because of all the great posts inspired by Nonfiction November, it would go something like this:
- JulzReads – Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas, Her Majesty’s Spymaster by Stephen Budiansky and A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown by Julia Scheeres
- The Everyday Reader – Europe and the People without History by Eric R. Wolf, The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages by Norman Cohn and
The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond (But first I need to read his Collapse, since it’s been sitting on my bookshelf ignored and unread for far too long.)
- A Horse and a Carrot– A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman
- Doing Dewey – Microcosm by Carl Zimmer
- River City Reading – The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan Korner, The Unwinding: The Inner History of the New America by George Packer and The Savage City: Race, Murder and a Generation on the Edge by T. J. English (But first I need to read English’s earlier book Havana Nocturne.)
- Feminist Texican Reads – First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung and The Little Red Guard by Wenguang Huang
- Candid Diversions – Hitler’s Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe by Mark Mazower, Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-Two Days That Decided World War II by David Downing, Five Days That Shocked the World: Eyewitness Accounts from Europe at the End of World War II by Nicholas Best, Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre, Why the Allies Won by Richard Overy and The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay (As you can probably tell, I like books about WWII.)
- Sophisticated Dorkiness – The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
- Literanista – Down These Mean StreetsThe Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border by Teresa Rodriguez, Diana Montané and Lisa PulitzerHaiti: The Tumultuous History – From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken NationThe Real Odessa: Smuggling the Nazis to Peron’s Argentina by Uki Goni
- 52 Books or Bust – Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
- Nonfictionado – The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas and The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty
- Avid Reader’s Musings – A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
- Musing From a Book Mammal – Well, I must have liked her post “Ten Wonderful Books About Books” because now I want to read all ten featured books.
As you can see, it’s quite a list! On top of it, this list doesn’t count books that were featured in posts but are already on my TBR, like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, The Twilight Warriors and The Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. Looks like I have my work cut out for me. Time for me to do some serious reading!