Nonfiction November Wrap-up

NonfictionNovember-e1506979820517It’s kind of hard to believe but Nonfiction November is wrapping up!  Thanks to the organizers – Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Lory (Emerald City Book Review) and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) – for putting on such a wonderful event.  I’ve had an excellent time reading as well as meeting fellow bloggers, and I’m looking forward to following everyone’s reading, both fiction and non, in the new year!

As far as my own reading goes I’m happy where I ended up – ten books in November (an improvement over a slumpy September and October) and fully half were nonfiction.  That’s better than my usual 30-ish percent.

Here are the five books I started and completed:


Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh
The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich (review once I give it as a gift)
Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life by Jessica Nutik Zitter
Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot (review closer to its February 2018 release)
Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande (my last finish, review soon)

If you were mean and made me pick a favorite I’d probably go with Extreme Measures, but Heart Berries made me think the most.  I thought I would be tired of nonfiction by now, but I went to the library and ended up getting four more nonfiction books:


That’s three books on interpreting (notetaking, vocab memorization, and “reprocessing”) as well as a book called Newspaper University.  The author is in his 90s so I’m hoping he works some historical perspective into his discussion of journalism.

Okay, now it’s my turn to be mean – what was your favorite nonfiction read this November?

5 thoughts on “Nonfiction November Wrap-up

  1. You did so good for non-fiction November! I read 8 non-fiction books and usually manage one, maybe two, in a month. I’m glad to have had the push to read more. It really piqued my interest in reading more non-fiction!

    1. Holy cow, you did amazingly! There are so many good books out there, in all genres, here’s hoping we can eventually read them “all”. 😉

  2. These all sound so good! I also enjoy nonfiction about medicine and haven’t picked up any of these. And even though I loved Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, I hadn’t even realized he had other books out. I’m really bad at getting to author’s backlists 🙂

    1. I’m not great at backlists, either – with too many shiny new books it’s too easy to get distracted! That being said I still recommend Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, as the paper he looks at had a huge influence on how surgeries are done just about everywhere.

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