Wrapping Up 31 Days of Great Nonfiction

31 Days of Great NonfictionI hope you’ve enjoyed the “31 Days of Great Nonfiction” series that just wrapped up, and that you’ve found some books you’re interested in reading.

I’d love to know what books sounded most appealing to you, and your thoughts on a series for 2014. Want more nonfiction? Fiction? Young adult titles? Let me know if you’ve got preferences…

Finally, as an easy-to-peruse list, here are all 39 books that were featured in the series:

  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’m fairly new to your blog (stumbled here from Modern Mrs Darcy) and I’ve been loving the 31 Days of Nonfiction. You’ve listed so many books that sound like something I might enjoy – as well as quite a few that I’ve already read and loved, like the books by Helene Hanff. Thanks for these reviews! I love the idea of being deliberate in my reading choices, too.

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. 🙂 If you ever read any of the ones I wrote about, I’d love to hear what you think of them.

  2. I have loved the series! I would love to see you continue to feature non-fiction books, along with a mix of other types of books. The main thing I loved about the series was that it exposed me to a bunch of books that I wouldn’t have heard about otherwise.

    • Thanks Sarah!

      I expect I’ll be back to my usual posting routine of one nonfiction, one fiction, and one children’s/young adult title a week. Subject to modification if I get way too backed up on reviews of any one type, which is why I’ve never made it an official posting schedule. 😉

  3. The only one of that entire list that I’ve read is 7 by Jen Hatmaker, so I loved all the new suggestions! I immediately requested #3, #19, and #24 from the library, added #9 and #27 to my to-read soon list (Bread and Wine and The Kitchen Counter Cooking School were already there), reconsidered #13 (after deciding previously not to read), and put #17 on my husband’s Christmas list! Probably 75% of what I read is non-fiction, so while I love all your suggestions, it might be good for me to consider some other things as well.

  4. I really enjoyed your series, as I’m a big fan of lots of different types of nonfiction. My favorite “find” from your list was Apple of My Eye by Helene Hanff–I had no idea until recently that she had written other books besides 84, Charring Cross Road. Now I’m on a big Helene Hanff kick and have found copies of the rest of her books!

    • Isn’t she wonderful! I’m so excited to know that I still a couple of her books to read, and I’m rationing myself so I don’t finish them all in one week. 🙂

  5. This was a great series. I added a lot of books to my TBR list.

  6. So glad to have found you! Between the Twitterature link-ups and your site, I should be set for book recs for the next 5 years :).

  7. Excellent series yet again!! 5 stars!! Can’t wait to get around to read all the ones I’ve now added to my TBR pile! I still haven’t read all the ones I added from last year! I love the way your write your reviews too -thorough without spoiling things and giving me a big enough taste to know clearly if the book is for me or not. Like you say on one of your home or about me pages we all want to read GREAT books not mediocre ones and your blog truly helps me find great ones all the time!!

  8. Sheila – I really enjoyed your whole 31 days. Like I said before, I’m so not a non-fiction reader, but some of your reviews made me want to branch out a bit. Get a little crazy now and then. 😉 That’s my nerdy version of living on the edge.

    • Ha! That’s how I live on the edge too – through the books I read. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and hope you found at least one nonfiction book to try. Really, they can be a lot of fun. 😉


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