31 Days of Great Series

31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads is over, but I wanted to gather together all of the book-related series that joined in the Nester’s 31 Days series. There were over 1200 series, so instead of having to wade through all of those linkups to find the book ones, I’ve gathered them here. If I missed any, please let me know!

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Wrapping Up: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads

31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books to Read

I hope you’ve enjoyed the “31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads” series that just wrapped up. I had a lot of fun picking out 31 books, and trying to balance the types of nonfiction I featured. As an easy-to-peruse list, here are all 31 books that were featured in the series:

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31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 31} Garlic and Sapphires

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth ReichlGarlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in DisguiseGarlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl. Day 31 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by Ruth Reichl

Reichl is a gifted memoirist, and writes an engrossing account of her experiences as the food critic for the New York Times. I love the idea of being a food critic (there are too many foods that I don’t like for me to really be one. Unless you could just be a dessert critic, in which case I could probably pull that off despite my loathing of bread pudding.)

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31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 30} The Ice Master

The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the KarlukThe Ice Master by Jennifer Niven - Day 30 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by Jennifer Niven

I find polar exploration tales fascinating, and have read a lot of them. There have been many books written about the Shackleton expedition (see some of my favorites listed below), but much less contemporary attention has been paid to the voyage of the Karluk.

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31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 29} Ambulance Girl

Ambulance Girl by Jane Stern Day 29 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books to Read / Great Nonfiction ReadsAmbulance Girl: How I Saved Myself By Becoming an EMTAmbulance Girl by Jane Stern Day 29 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books to Read / Great Nonfiction Reads by Jane Stern

I debated including this because I’ve already got a book by Stern in the series – Two For the Road, coauthored with her husband Michael. The two books are so different however, and I love them both so much, that I couldn’t exclude either of them.

If you only know Stern through her food writing, Ambulance Girl has a very different feel. It’s much more personal, and demonstrates how much else can be going on in someone’s life when you only know one aspect of it.

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31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 28} Quiet

Quiet by Susan Cain Day 28 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books to Read / Great Nonfiction Reads Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop TalkingQuiet by Susan Cain Day 28 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books to Read / Great Nonfiction Reads by Susan Cain

This is a book that, while I love it and highly recommend it, I almost didn’t include in this series because it’s already gotten a lot of attention. And then I decided that too bad, I love this book so much that I can’t leave it out.

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31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 27} Baby Catcher

Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent. Day 27 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate ReaderBaby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern MidwifeBaby Catcher by Peggy Vincent. Day 27 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Peggy Vincent

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this memoir of Vincent’s experiences as she transitioned from being a labor & delivery nurse, to working in a birth center within a large hospital, to working as a midwife in her own practice. She worked under such varying circumstances, through such varying cultural conditions that it makes for a fascinating tale.

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31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 26} The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Day 26 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate ReaderThe Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceThe Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Day 26 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Malcolm Gladwell

I feel like this book is probably famous enough that I shouldn’t highlight it, but I have to. I found it so fascinating, and Gladwell’s other books so thought-provoking and memorable, that I feel like I’d be remiss to skip it just because most people have heard of it and read it if they were interested.

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31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 25} A Homemade Life

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. Day 25 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate ReaderA Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen TableA Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg. Day 25 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Molly Wizenberg

I’ve only read Molly Wizenberg’s blog Orangette a handful of times, so I didn’t pick up her memoir with a lot of knowledge about her or her story. I picked it up mostly because memoir + food = win in my book.

This one was definitely a win. And has me very excited about her next book, which is in the works according to her blog.

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31 Days Of Great Nonfiction Reads {Day 24} We Band of Angels

We Band of Angels by Elizabeth M. Norman. Day 24 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate ReaderWe Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the JapaneseWe Band of Angels by Elizabeth M. Norman. Day 24 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Elizabeth M. Norman

If you like history in general, or World War II tales, or stories of amazing women, do yourself a favor and check out this book. It’s an amazing account of American Army & Navy nurses who were serving in the Philippines when it was captured by the Japanese.

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