I always enjoy joining in with Non-Fiction November but the month always goes by so fast! This year I had quite a lot of fiction to read and review so couldn’t focus entirely on non-fiction but I still read more of it than I thought I would… sixteen non-fiction books in total!
Of my planned non-fiction TBR I managed to read:
Waco by David Thibodeau
This is a memoir of a man who survived the Waco siege. It’s a really interesting read and I recommend it.
The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 by Tina Brown
I enjoyed reading this book and have actually already reviewed it so you can read what I thought here if you’d like to.
The Upstarts by Brad Stone
I listened to the audiobook of this and I have to be honest and say that I found it a little disappointing. It just wasn’t as engaging as I’d hoped it was going to be, although it was still interesting to read how companies like AirBnB and Uber got started.
Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton
Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White
Even though I am now finally winning the battle with clutter (ever since I did the KonMari method earlier this year my house is staying clutter-free) I still can’t resist reading books about it. There were some useful ideas in this book and I definitely recommend it.
Three Things You Need to Know about Rockets by Jessica Fox
I’d had this book on my TBR for years as I was saving it for the right time. Unfortunately though I just didn’t enjoy it all that much. It wasn’t what it felt like it was going to be and was lacking in something for me. It has had lots of good reviews though so it may well be that it just wasn’t for me.
I then completely deviated from my planned non-fiction reads and picked up these books too:
The Diary of Two Nobodies by Mary Killen and Giles Wood
I love watching Giles and Mary on Gogglebox so was really looking forward to reading this book by them and I’m so happy to say that I enjoyed it. They’re just how they are on TV and it was a joy to read this.
I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her by Joanna Connors
This was a fascinating read about a woman who looks into the life of her rapist. She had buried her emotions for many years and then goes on a journey to know more about the man who attacked her. It wasn’t as emotional read as I was expecting but it was still very interesting and gripping.
I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller
I listened to the audio book of this and it was such a fun, nostalgic read. I recommend it to all Friends fans!
No Such Thing as Society: A History of Britain in the 1980s by Andy McSmith
This is another book that I’ve had on my TBR for such a long time but I’m so glad I picked it up because it was such a good read. It was really accessible non-fiction but it helps puts some things in context from the 80s with regards politics and what was happening at the time.
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale
I’d forgotten I owned this audio book so when I spotted it in my Audible app during November I immediately started listening. I love Kate Summerscale’s writing and this book lived up to my expectations, it was so interesting.
How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb
I got this book for Christmas last year and have been so badly wanting to read it so I’m glad to have read it in November. I really, really enjoyed this, it was even better than I thought it was going to be.
Life to the Limit: My Autobiography by Jenson Button
I was a huge F1 fan for many years and followed Jenson Button’s career in the sport. I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages so when it was in a recent sale on Audible I snapped it up. I very much enjoyed this book. It’s a really open and honest look at his career, and also a love letter to his late father.
Under the Wig: A Lawyer’s Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence by William Clegg QC
I downloaded this from NetGalley on a whim recently and I’m so glad I did as it was such a good read. I actually managed to review this straight away so you can read more of my thoughts here if you’d like to.
My Life in Football: The Autobiography by Kevin Keegan
I’ve been umming and ahhing about whether I wanted to read this book at the moment. I’m a Newcastle United supporter and the way the club treated Kevin Keegan, and the way the current owner is running the club makes it not fun at all. Anyway, I saw the audio book in a recent sale and decided to give it a go. It was such a good read, I’m glad I read it but it did make me so angry all over again at how he was treated. I definitely recommend the book though.
Mother of a Suicide: The Battle for the Truth Behind a Mental Health Cover-up by Joanna Lane
This book often pops up on recommendations for me in Goodreads so I finally picked it up just the other day. I don’t know what to say about this one. I feel for Joanna, and I admire her determination to find answers and her fight to get the medical profession to listen but the book felt like it needed editing. I also wish it’d had more of a sense of her emotion rather than just the facts of what was happening.
Did you take part in Non-Fiction November? Or have you read any good non-fiction recently? I’d love to know if you’ve read any of the books in my post, or if you have any non-fiction you can recommend to me. I’m always on the look out for new books. 🙂