Introducing 31 More Days of Great Nonfiction

31 Days of More Great Nonfiction Books | 31 Days of Great Nonfiction ReadsLove nonfiction books? So do I, so much so that just like I did last year, as part of The Nester‘s annual “31 Days of” linkup, I’m writing about “31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads.” Except I already did that last year, so we’ll just call it more “31 Days of Great Nonfiction.”

Some books you may know and love. Some may be completely unfamiliar. I’ve got older books, and one published this year. There are memoirs (ok, lots of memoirs), history, adventure, productivity, and I-don’t-even-know-how-to-classify-them.

I don’t expect every book I list will appeal to every reader, but I do hope that there will be some books to appeal to everyone. And maybe you’ll find several to add to your “to be read” stack.

Please join me beginning October 1, and every day during October I’ll be sharing about a nonfiction book (or books) that I recommend as a great read.

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  1. My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss
  2. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  3. Casting with a Fragile Thread by Wendy Kann
  4. No Way Down by Graham Bowley
  5. Ungarnished Truth by Ellie Mathews
  6. Deeply Loved by Keri Wyatt Kent
  7. A Jump for Life by Ruth Altbeker Cyprys
  8. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
  9. The Grand Tour by Agatha Christie
  10. All the Money in the World by Laura Vanderkam
  11. Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat by Caroline Burau
  12. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  13. A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
  14. Endurance: An Epic of Polar Adventure by F. A. Worsley
  15. 31 Days of Great Nonfiction, Twitterature-Style – 9 fantastic books reviewed earlier this year:
  16. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  17. Code Talker by Chester Nez
  18. Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt
  19. Sounds Like Home by Mary Herring Wright
  20. Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic
  21. The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Mother’s Wartime Courage by Clara Olink Kelly
  22. Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched by Amy Sutherland
  23. Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen by Donia Bijan
  24. The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz
  25. Little by Little: A Writer’s Education by Jean Little
  26. Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
  27. Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist
  28. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
  29. Teasing Secrets from the Dead by Emily Craig
  30. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
  31. Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life by Eugene O’Kelly

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  1. I am so excited about this series. I met you (well, found out about your blog, hee, hee) October of last year, during your Non-fiction Series. Really enjoyed your blog this past year, how do you find time to do so much reading??!! Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you! I hope you enjoy it.

      For November I’ve got tentative plans for a mini-series on finding time to read. I’ve had it half written for about six months; need to finish it and get it posted!

  2. Can’t wait to add more titles to my must-read list! 😉

  3. I look forward to adding more books to be to read list.

  4. I’m so glad you’re doing a book series again! I enjoyed the one so much last year.

  5. What a fun idea! I’m a nut for memoirs so I can’t wait to see what you recommend.

    • I briefly thought about doing 31 Days of Memoirs because I love them so much, but there were lots of other nonfiction books I wanted to include so instead it’s just going to be about half memoirs. 🙂

  6. I am looking forward to your 31 Days – I love books (my husband can tell you how much as he has had to move them several times over the years) and I am looking forward to your recommendations – it will help with the winter reading as I am determined to watch less TV and read more – reading is after all my first love.

    • haha – my husband would have the same comment about moving my books. All those many many many boxes of books. Hope you find some books that sound interesting to you!

  7. Yay! This sounds like a great series. I always default to reading fiction but I usually enjoy nonfiction when I get one that really interests me.

  8. My twin sister and I both read most of the time, her more than me. She reads all the time now that she is retired, even walking through the house with her Kindle and reading while things are cooking. We are 64 years old so we have read lots of books, iPads and Kindles are arm savers. I like almost the same books as you except for fantasy and my sister reads science fiction almost exclusively. I was happy to find your blog and your 31 books series.

    • I love my Kindle and that’s one of the reasons – so much lighter than some of the gigantic hardcovers that would be my other choice.

      I hope you enjoy the series and find some that appeal to you! 🙂


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