November Stack of Hopefuls

Even though it’s Nonfiction November, I learned last year that I cannot do an entire month dedicated to the genre. I got so burned out last year and craved some good fiction to get lost in, so this year I’m sprinkling in a little bit of both!

I’ve already kicked the month off with my current read, The Body: A Guide for Occupants  by Bill Bryson (Doubleday), and it is incredibly fascinating. Writing about a topic that could get dry and boring pretty quickly, Bryson does a great job of keeping me going by inserting random and incredible facts that completely blow my mind!

Here’s a look at my stack of hopefuls:


From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by: Tembi Locke (Simon & Schuster) – Pub Date: April 30, 2019

This book was everywhere earlier this year after Reece picked this for her her May selection. I only heard great things about it and for some reason just haven’t gotten around to picking it up!

*** Frankly in Love by: David Yoon (Putnam for Young Readers) – Pub Date: September 10, 2019

My daughter just finished this and loved it, so I’m excited to save this for when I need a quick reset!

Running With the Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men’s Cross-Country Team by: Chris Lear (Lyons Press) – Pub Date: July 1, 2003

I’m so sad because this was brought to my attention from someone on Instagram, and for the life of me, I can’t find the message to give her credit. My daughter just started cross country this year, and I’m excited to read more about a runner’s life…because running just ain’t my thing!!

The Library Book by: Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster) – Pub Date: October 16, 2018

People say this reads like fiction so this may be a good one for me to hold on to when I’m tired of nonfiction!

The Friend by: Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead) – Pub Date: February 6, 2018

This is my selection for my online book club, #HWRbooks, for November! I’d love to have you join in the discussion over on my instagram page (@happiestwhenreading)! Discussion date will be Saturday, November 23, 2019.

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by: Nicole Chung (Catapult) – Pub Date: October 2, 2018

I love memoir so much and this one has seemed to be generally well liked.

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by: Adrienne Brodeur (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) – Pub Date: October 15, 2019

This one is EVERYWHERE and proves to have some serious discussion points. I’m excited to finally join the bandwagon!

*** Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by: James Clear (Avery) – Pub Date: October 16, 2018

November seems like a good time to get in a new mindset – and get ready for 2020!!

*** 🎧 How We Fight For Our Lives by: Saeed Jones (Simon & Schuster) – Pub Date: October 8, 2019

Almost finished with this one and I am loving it. Jones narrates and it always makes a book, especially memoir, so much more poignant when read by the author. It’s a look into Jones’ life as he struggles to find his identity as a young gay Black man. Trigger warnings: violence, sexual content (rape).

Lab Girl by: Hope Jahren (Knopf) – Pub Date: April 5, 2016

Extremely popular a few years ago, this one has been patiently sitting on my shelf all these years…I think it’s finally time.

*** One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps by: Andrea Pitzer (Little Brown) – Pub Date: September 19, 2017

Honestly, everyone knows by now I love historical fiction that focuses on World War II, so I hope this is a good nonfiction companion.

There you have it! Who knows if I’ll actually stick with this list because Lord knows I have a lot more on my bookshelves that may call to me instead.

I’d love to hear what’s on your November TBR! And what should I read first?

2 thoughts on “November Stack of Hopefuls

  1. I have read both Lab Girl and The Library Book. They are both fabulous books. I read Lab Girl for my book club and it had so many interesting ideas for us to discuss. The Library Book has alternating chapters, with half of them detailing historical information on the fire in the 1980’s at the Los Angeles Public Library and the other half essays on libraries and their impact on people and communities. Both are highly readable. Enjoy!

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