This week I decided to take part in non-fiction November so I spent a while sorting through my print and kindle books to make a TBR for that. I read a fair bit of non-fiction anyway but I’m enjoying challenging myself to spend a whole month devoted to it. I haven’t felt too well this week but have been able to escape into books so I’ve been very glad of that.
This week I’ve finished reading five books:
This House of Grief by Helen Garner
I started this book about three weeks ago but I had to put it down because it felt a bit too overwhelming for me to read in one go. I picked it back up yesterday and found I then couldn’t put it down, I had to get to the end to see what happened. I think this book will stay with me for a long time to come and may well make it onto my favourite non-fiction books.
A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray
This was one of my picks for non-fiction November and it was a great start to the challenge. I flew through this book – it was interesting to see which women Jenni Murray picked to write about and also to find out why. I’d recommend this one.
Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
In typical bookaholic fashion I recently treated myself to a Jenny Colgan Christmas book, which I’m looking forward to reading next month, and it was only when I got home that I realised it was the third book in a trilogy. I also only then realised that I owned the first two books on my kindle so I’m going to try and get them read before December so that I can read the Christmas book. I loved the first book, it was such a gorgeous read and I adored it!
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant
This has been on my review pile for way longer than it should have, and after reading it I regret leaving it so long because it was a really good read. I think I read it in two sittings and it just had me hooked from the start. Hopefully I’ll get my review for this written and posted soon.
All the Good Things by Clare Fisher
This book was such an emotional read. It’s one of those books that slowly gets under your skin until you just can’t put it down. I’ll be reviewing it on my blog as soon as I get my thoughts together about it but it is a book I definitely recommend.
This week I’ve blogged five times:
Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up post
Sunday: Review of Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir
Monday: Guest post by author Mimi Thebo on how her accident, subsequent PTSD and eventual recover as a teenager inspired to her write her novel Hospital High
Wednesday: WWW Wednesday post
Thursday: My (rather large) TBR for Non-Fiction November 2017
This is what I’m currently reading:
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
This is a book I’ve owned for a while as I’m intrigued to know more about Amazon and how it came to be what it is now. I’ve only read the first couple of chapters so far but it’s interesting.
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I’ve had this book on my TBR mountain for ages but whilst it is something I want to read, there is part of me that felt it could be an upsetting read. I’m so glad I picked it up in the last couple of days though as it’s utterly fascinating! It’s much more accessible that I was expecting it to be and it’s a book that once I got into, I haven’t wanted to put it down.
Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life by David Cavanagh
I’m still enjoying dipping into this book and am loving all the stories – there are many things I didn’t know about John Peel and his earlier radio shows to it’s a really fun and interesting read.
How has your week been? What have you been reading? Please share in the comments below. If you write a wrap-up on your blog please feel free to share the link. 🙂
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I remember the book about Jeff Bezo coming out and read a few reviews, so be interested in reading your thoughts.
It’s taking me a while to read the Jeff Bezos book but it’s a really interesting and eye-opening read. There is a lot that I didn’t know about how Amazon came to be, and also about how people are treated within the company. I’d recommend the book.
I actually haven’t read much non-fiction lately. I just might have to remedy that. Good luck on the challenge, Hayley!
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction this year so this challenge came along at the perfect time for me to focus on it. I’m really enjoying the books I’ve picked so far.
Thank you 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week too.
I won a copy of This House of Grief and have been nervous about reading it. Might try it for Nonfiction November though.
I put off reading it for a long time but I’m glad that I finally picked it up. It is quite hard going at times, not the writing but the reading about what happened, and I needed a break from it in the middle but it is a really interesting book.
You’ve got some good reads there, Hayley. The Mukherjee sounds interesting, and the Garner is coming up soon for me. I’m looking forward to it.
Great stack of books! I am writing some down for future reference. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
Great reads done and coming up there. I fancied the Beach Street Bakery books as they’re set in my beloved Cornwall but have SO MUCH ELSE to read right now – ooops! Haul post coming tomorrow. And I’m currently reading the enchanting “Greensleeves” by Eloise Jarvis McGraw …
I really enjoyed the first in the Beach Street Bakery series, it was such a lovely read. I’m hoping to read the second one soon so that I can try and read the Christmas one next month. So many books, so little time…
WOW! Five books!?! I do well to finish one a week! That book about Amazon does look interesting!
The book about Amazon is eye-opening and really interesting, I recommend it.
I don’t read much non fiction. That’s odd as when I do I enjoy it. Guess I prefer to watch and learn more than read:) I should challenge myself too. Good luck:)
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