Nonfiction November Week Four: Nonfiction Favorites

Last week was Week Three of Nonfiction November—a celebration of all those totally true and fact-filled books out there. I’m running a little late late, but I’m still excited to explore last week’s question from Leann at There There, Read This because it’s all about some of my favorite nonfiction.

Week 3 (Nov. 18 to 22) – Nonfiction Favorites: We’ve talked about how you pick nonfiction books in previous years, but this week I’m excited to talk about what makes a book you’ve read one of your favorites. Is the topic pretty much all that matters? Are there particular ways a story can be told or particular writing styles that you love? Do you look for a light, humorous approach or do you prefer a more serious tone? Let us know what qualities make you add a nonfiction book to your list of favorites.

Playing Favorites

It’s usually impossible for me to pick bookish favorites—I read what I like and I like what I read, so many books I stumble across end up becoming favorites in their own ways.

Yet every once in a while there’s a book so exceptional that I can’t get it out of my head. Whether I’m left laughing, seething, hopeful, appalled, or otherwise, these are the books I turn to time and again for rereads and recommendations. There’s nothing especially obvious that connects them—just solid reads by solid authors. Here are some of my favorite nonfiction books that have kept me thinking about them long after the last page.

What’re some of your own nonfiction favorites?


  1. I think about Them a lot too, I love that book! And Columbine was SO haunting, that one stays with you. 84, Charing Cross Road sounds really charming and I’m interested in Too Big to Fail. Is it still insightful after so much time? I think it was published quite awhile ago, wasn’t it?

    I’m so glad you liked I Was Told to Come Alone too!! You must give Caliphate a try. I think you’d really like it.

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    1. I’ve been wanting to read Cullen’s new book about Parkland, but Columbine hit me so hard I know I need to be in a better place for it.

      And I do think Too Big to Fail still holds up. Sorkin gets a little worship-y when talking about financial players and there are lot of great newer books about the crisis and what came next, but it’s a really compelling, thorough start to an awful topic.


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