My #nonfictionnovember to-read list of possibilities

It’s time for Nonfiction November again! Olive, from abookolive, hosts this reading challenge every year to encourage us all to read more nonfiction books. I absolutely love this readathon because while I have an endless list of nonfiction books I want to read, I never end up doing so. I have a list of books I own either in physical form or on my Kindle to choose from during the next month. To be honest, I might pick a nonfiction book from Scribd or Storytel too, which are audiobook apps.

PAST TIME/PASTIME

The first prompt of the reading month is past time or pastime. You can interpret all of these prompts as you wish, by the way!

For this prompt, I have 4 books to choose from (for now).

I’ve had SPQR by Mary Beard on my Kindle for so long, and I still haven’t finished it. I’m fascinated by the Roman Empire so I don’t understand why I haven’t read this yet. I also recently got a copy of King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam HochschildIf you are unaware, Leopold was the king of Belgium who colonized Congo. I am Belgian, and sad to say that we aren’t taught much about our colonization of Congo in history classes in school. I find that utterly shameful, so I’m hoping to become more knowledgeable on the topic. I could also read The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore, which I’ve been meaning to pick up for ages. All those books could fit for the ‘past time’ prompt.

For the pastime prompt, I could pick up Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel, which has been on my to-read list since my friend Ely talked about it. If I’m not mistaken, it’s all about sports and feminism.

SELF/SHELF

I have three books that could fit perfectly for the “self” prompt. The first is The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake KogaThis just sounds like something I need in order to stop apologizing all the time and stop fearing what other people think of me. I could also read The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight. Once again, something I could definitely use. A slightly different perspective for the last one… I might pick up I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell. I shelved this under “self” because it’s an autobiography.

My previous pick of King Leopold’s Ghost could also work for the “shelf” category because it’s a very recent addition to my shelf. Or SPQR because it’s been on my to-read shelf for ages…

WANDER/WONDER

For “wander” I chose A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa, which is the story of the author’s life in North Korea, his escape, and his repatriation to Japan.

For “wonder” I could go with Muses, Madmen and Prophets by Daniel B. SmithThis is a book about auditory hallucinations through the ages which I guess is something I’ve been intrigued by. Listen, I was curious enough to buy it so I feel like it fits under this category.

MICRO/MACRO

I don’t have any reading plans for this category!


There you have it, my list of possibilities for Nonfiction November! By no means am I planning on reading all of these. I just want to have my pick for the month and see how much I end up reading. It might be just one of them, or three or five. You never know!

7 thoughts on “My #nonfictionnovember to-read list of possibilities

  1. The Romanovs is such an amazing book. Because it’s so long, it’s one of those that’s probably best left to the holidays — but so worth the read! The author knows so much about the topic and paints every event in such a way that it’s never boring! I hope you love whichever one you choose. Honestly, they all sound so good.

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