New on My Non-Fiction Wish List

cork-w-books-300x300Week 4 of Non-Fiction November is hosted by Katie (Doing Dewey) and gives participants the chance to showcase the books they’ve added to their reading list. Previous weeks have been hosted by Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), Leslie (Regular Rumination), and Becca (I’m Lost In Books).

It’s been a great month for non-fiction. I have found so many books that sound interesting and that I would like to read. The five books at the top of my list are the ones that I can get at my library:

  1. Capital: The Eruption of Delhi, recommended by Leslie
  2. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, recommended by Lori
  3. The Paper Garden, recommended by Brona
  4. Why Football Matters, recommended by Kim
  5. Without You, There Is No Us, recommended by Leila

I have also loosely challenged myself to read a non-fiction book set in each continent:

  1. North America: The Warmth of Other Suns, recommended by Shannon
  2. South America: The Southern Tiger, recommended by FictionFan
  3. Europe: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944 to 1956
  4. Asia: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, recommended by Olduvai 
  5. Australia: Her Father’s Daughter, Alice Pung
  6. Antarctica: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
  7. Africa: West With the Night, Beryl Markham


  1. Good lists! I love that you picked The Warmth of Other Suns for North America. It would have been really easy to pick some presidential biography, but I think that’s such an interesting and cool book about a part of history that we don’t know as much about. Thanks for joining us!

    • Thanks for hosting! The month has certainly increased my enthusiasm for non-fiction. I am looking forward to The Warmth of Other Suns. It’s a bit out of my comfort zone, but I am sure it will be very interesting.

  2. I love the idea of one book for each continent, but it must have so hard to narrow it down to just one! What was your process? The one about Antarctica looks especially good to me.

    I recently read Alphabetique, which was written by the same author as The Paper Garden. I have heard very good things about it, and I can vouch for her wonderful writing.

    • I remember your review of Alphabetique, but I hadn’t realized that the author was the same. Now I am even more excited about The Paper Garden.
      It was really hard to narrow down my list, considering that I ended up with almost 40 books that all sounded interesting. 🙂 I finally decided to go with books that I can either get at the library or have a chance of finding second hand.

  3. Ooh, glad to see Southern Tiger made the list – thanks for the link! 🙂

    An interesting bunch – The Age of Wonder sounds very intriguing. I’ll be looking out for your review. But… Why Football Matters? That must be fantasy rather than factual, surely… 😉

  4. I really like the idea of one book for each continent. If I get organized I can try to do that for next year’s NN.

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