It’s Nonfiction November! That’s my favorite book month.

I feel like I haven’t read as much nonfiction this year as normal. I feel like my reading is skewing happy and escapist. Let’s see what I’ve read so far.


Huh. Last year I had read 18 by this point and the year before was 22. Maybe I always think that I’m slacking on nonfiction…Nope, I looked back farther. In 2016 I had 44 nonfiction books at this point. Yeah, 2016, right before the real world started spiraling fast. I’ve been a more escapist reader since then. Has that happened to anyone else?



I DNF books at a frankly alarming rate so if I finished one you can take that as a recommendation that it was good. The book that surprised me most this year though was Fridge Love. It starts off with a history of refrigeration, then it goes into how to organize your fridge, and then has charts of how to store all the fruits and vegetables, then has a very good vegan cookbook with diet advice. It was strangely fascinating.


26 Replies to “Nonfiction November – My Year in Nonfiction”

  1. I love all of your foodie recommendations! Fridge Love does sound strangely intriguing. Food Americana immediately went on my list, that sounds AMAZING. I was curious about Men Who Hate Women but also really apprehensive about it. If you found it worthwhile maybe I need to give it a try.

  2. You have quite a variety of subjects which is very interesting. I mostly read history nonfiction, but decided this year to add a few other bits; travel, mindfulness and evolution. Plus some history of course. Will not be able to read all during November, but there is also a December, and January…
    Enjoy your books.

  3. Fridge Love sounds odd and interesting! I always remember watching an episode of Real Housewives, where one of the women had this HUGE glass fronted fridge… And the fridge had its own Twitter account. Crazy.

  4. I need Fridge Love. Like, now. That one, the Tiffin book, Sitting Pretty, and We Had a Little Real Estate Problem are all now on my TBR. So many fantastic books!! Love the Happy NonFiction.

  5. Fridge Love sounds like something I would enjoy! My husband always teases me about our organized refrigerator. Maybe I should get the book for him for Christmas. 🙂

    The Boys is hitting a lot of lists this year. I’ve added it to my Goodreads TBR list.

    Thanks for the recommendations. Now off to peruse more of your blog posts!

  6. I remember Nonfiction November 2016 VERY well. It started out great and by the end I couldn’t get through some titles because everything felt so bad. Little did we know. I do miss the freedom of being able to read anything and everything but I’m not sorry to be a more discerning reader now.

    Did you also watch the travel show with Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish? It was so much fun.

  7. Your reading seems to have been not ENTIRELY happy and escapist anyway. I think I’ve shied even more away from some of those tough topics. However, I have found some interesting books on mental health and brain science. I’ll get back to the political stuff at some point. Happy NonFicNov!

  8. Fridge Love does seem oddly compelling. I often think I’m really not reading much NF then am surprised when I look back and actually count!

  9. Your nonfiction numbers may be lower this year, but they look like a good assortment. My nonfiction reading has also waned over the years, but I miss it so hope to find some good recommendations this month from all the blogs.

  10. Okay who would think Refrigeration would be an interesting topic?! I’m so intrigued!

  11. Yes, I’ve been suffering, too, from Nonfiction Deprivation. Is it overload from external trauma? I can’t really think about tackling books about problems that feel prohibitively difficult to solve, but I also feel I must take them on. Racism, our retreat from democracy, lies promoted as truth…all of these are subjects I feel deeply worried about and yet I almost despair that they are impossible to change.

    1. I know! It is hard to try to focus on a book that reads like, “Let’s look at more depressing stuff.” We need more happy nonfiction.

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