The Ever-Growing TBR Pile: Ten New Books from Nonfiction November

While November was last month, I missed out on participating in the last half of one of my favorite yearly features: Nonfiction November. It’s hosted by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?, Katie at Doing Dewey, Julie at Julz Reads, and Leann at Shelf Aware with the goal of celebrating all of those wonderful nonfiction books we’ve read since last year. Though it’s officially over for 2020, you can still use the link-ups on their sites to discover some great posts from other participants.

Week 4: (November 23-27) New to My TBR (Katie at Doing Dewey): It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

Once again, I’m running behind, but there was no way I wasn’t going to participate in this final week. This is my favorite part of Nonfiction November: the time when participants go back over the pile of books they’ve added to their to-be-read mountains thanks to recommendations throughout the month.

I had no problem finding a ton of new books that I’m looking forward to reading—so many, in fact, that I began questioning whether I should even call it a TBR pile anymore. It’s more of an ‘I’ll-Get-To-It-If-I-Get-To-It Pile’. Of course, in the time it takes me to type IGTIIIGTIP I could be halfway through the first chapter of my next read.

With that, here are just ten books I found during Nonfiction November that I’m sure I’ll be reading … at some point.

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
by Wayne Coffey
recommended by Sarah at Celebration of Books

Corrupt Bodies: Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue
by Peter Everett and Kris Hollington
recommended by Shelly at Book’d Out

Fathoms: The World in the Whale
by Rebecca Giggs
recommended by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?

Fringe-Ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable – And Couldn’t
by Steve Volk
recommended by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?

Journey into the Whirlwind
by Evgenia Ginzburg
recommended by Maphead’s Book Blog

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition
by Buddy Levy
recommended by Julie at Julz Reads

Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story of Women in the 1950s
by Virginia Nicholson
recommended by Eva at The Paperback Princess

In Pursuit of Disobedient Women: A Memoir of Love, Rebellion, and Family, Far Away
by Dionne Searcey
recommended by Lory at Emerald City Book Reviews

The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained
by Colin Dickey
recommended by Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?

Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World
by Kathryn Aalto
recommended by Margaret at Books Please


  1. I’ve started calling my TBR my “possibilities” list… that way I just go shopping on it! I usually don’t buy books until I’m ready to read them and it’s a virtual list, too, so it doesn’t haunt me! 😂 Happy reading!

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    1. That’s a great way to look at it! I have two lists running: books I own and books I’ve added on Goodreads. There’s a little overlap, but if I’d actually add them both together… well, the number would be far more overwhelming than it is now! “Possibilities” is a great way to term it. Happy reading!

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  2. IGTIIIGTIP is brilliant!! I mean it seems only fair, since TBR is a bit ambitious at this point…Anyway, I’m so glad I could give you a few ideas, and actually I think you were pretty restrained in what you added! I added Corrupt Bodies too, that sounded so interesting. And seconding that recommendation for Journey into the Whirlwind, such an incredible book!

    I got A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear from the library last week — amazing! Seriously, so hilarious and entertaining and really informative too. Thank you so much for that excellent recommendation!


  3. Okay, wow! I’m not much of a non-fiction reader because I tend to struggle with focusing on what’s being told, but a lot of these sound really good and I’m kinda tempted to add some of them to my TBR (even though I likely won’t end up reading them anytime soon)! 😂 Great list!

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