Nonfiction November Week 5: The Growing TBR Pile

Well, another November has officially come and (almost) gone, so that means it’s time to wrap up Nonfiction November. It’s a truncated week, but it’s always one of my favorites. Here’s the prompt we’re working with, which is being hosted by Jaymi at The OC BookGirl:

Week 5 (November 29-December 3) New to My TBR: 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!

There have been so many amazing book featured this month. Honestly, I think I’ve added more to my TBR pile this month than any other Nonfiction November.

  • The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating by Anthony Warner, What’s Nonfiction?
  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell, Reading, Writing Working, Playing
  • Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town by Lamorna Ash, Cracker Crumb Life
  • Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo, Cracker Crumb Life
  • The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and The Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell, She Reads Novels
  • Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman, What’s Nonfiction?
  • English Pastoral: An Inheritance by James Rebanks, BooksPlease
  • The Expedition: Solving the Mystery of a Polar Tragedy by Bea Uusma, The Content Reader
  • Heist: The Oddball Crew Behind the $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft by Jeff Diamant, Silver Button Books
  • The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes by Zoë Playdon, Libro Fulltime
  • Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn: A Hitchhiker’s Adventures in the New Iran by Jamie Maslin, Maphead’s Book Blog
  • The Lady’s Handbook For Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey, Doing Dewey
  • Larrimah by Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson, Book’d Out
  • Midnight Chicken (& Other Recipes Worth Living For) by Ella Risbridger, This Reading Life
  • One Last Dance: My Life in Mortuary Scrubs and G-strings by Emma Jane Holmes, Book’d Out
  • The Radioactive Boy Scout: The True Story of a Boy and His Backyard Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein, Maphead’s Book Blog
  • Sickened by Julie Gregory, The OC BookGirl
  • Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade, This Reading Life
  • The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant, What’s Nonfiction?
  • TulipoMania: The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash, The Content Reader
  • Writing at the Kitchen Table: The Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David by Artemis Cooper, Scones and Chaises Longues

And that’s that.

Thank you to everyone for participating, reading, and commenting during these past few weeks. It’s been a fantastic month.

If you’re wanting to make a final addition Nonfiction November, be sure to link up your post about all the great books we’ve featured with Jaymi over at The OC BookGirl. Or check out all the great features she’s featured during Nonfiction November on Instagram with #nonfictionbookparty @theocbookgirl.


  1. Thrilled that two of my favourites from the past year have made it onto your list.

    My AusReading Month schedule and busy work meant I fell off other challenges during the second half of Nov – so I am now going to check out Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town – it looks like something I’d enjoy too 🙂


    1. I totally understand it! I think this is the first year I actually posted on time every week.

      I hope you end up enjoying it. It sounds fascinating. I’m really, really looking forward to getting around to the two I pulled from your posts.

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  2. Darn it. Just when I thought I had added all my TBR could handle I read your post. Love your collection!


    1. I know! This is always the most dangerous Nonfiction November prompt because I always end up finding something I missed. Sorry about the TBR pile, but hopefully it’s worth it!


  3. Great selection, I hope you enjoy them
    Thank you for hosting this year!

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    1. And thank you so much for participating! You helped make it a really fun month.


  4. Liz Dexter says:

    That’s a lovely collection and I’m glad one of my reads caught your eye!

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    1. Thank you so much for putting it on my radar!

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  5. The challenge is going to get all these “new to my TBR” books read before next year’s Nonfiction November! Thanks for being one of our hosts.

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    1. I always try to do that and it’s always an uphill battle … there are just so many great recommendations from Nonfiction November!


  6. volatilemuse says:

    An impressive list. The Rebanks is on my list too although I do worry that it sounds not unlike his first book, A Shepherd’s Life. Still we shall see.

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    1. I haven’t read that one. Would you recommend it?

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      1. volatilemuse says:

        Yes, very much.


  7. lghiggins says:

    I haven’t read the books, but lucked into The Durrells in Corfu. It is delightful. What an incredible variety of books you have selected. In case you ever wondered, even after you retire, there is STILL not enough time to read all the books on your TBR list.🙃


    1. At the rate mine is growing, there won’t be enough collective time in all the universe … Of course, I suppose there are far worse problems to have!

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  8. So many good books to discuss this month! I had a wonderful time and I really appreciate you joining us as a host this year 🙂


  9. So glad I could contribute some really excellent titles to your reading list! It was just so much fun hosting with you this year, thanks a million for joining in and for contributing your fantastic topic as well 🙂


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