I know I’m not great at TBRs, but I did manage my ContemporaryAThon one successfully recently and I did okay at my Latinx Heritage Month goals. I wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t do terribly. So I’m trying to take that successful completion of TBRs energy with me into November because I have a lot of goals. One of them is to catch up on my year long goal of reading 12 nonfiction books total. I’ve read five so my goal is to read seven more. It won’t be easy, but I’m determined. Also, I think Olive at abookolive maybe started this? I’m not sure though.
Shrill by Lindy West
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway years and years ago. Also, I’m starting to realize I may not have luck as bad as what I thought because I’ve actually won a few of those. Anyway, I’m not totally sure what this essay collection covers beyond it’s by Lindy West and is now a show on Hulu. I’m looking forward to whatever essay inspired the fat swim party scene though. I haven’t seen the show, but I watched that clip on Twitter multiple times.
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Malihot
This memoir is about Malihot, who grew up on Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest, and suffered a lot of trauma. And, the blurb suggests, she wrote her way out of that trauma, so you know, I’m ready for the Hamilton vibes I think this book is about to give me. Except, I also know it’s going to be a hard read. I’ve tried listening to it once before in the past. This time I’m determined to make it through the whole thing. Also, it’s Native American Heritage Month so this book works to celebrate both nonfiction November and an Indigenous read.
Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
Our new poet laureate also wrote a memoir and I picked it up on Audible the other day and am excited to get to it. I think Harjo is Cherokee, from the Tribe in Oklahoma, and this memoir is about how she became a poet. I’m going based solely on the blurb so I’m really not totally sure what to expect.
The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter
While all of the other audiobooks on this list are fairly short, The Vagina Bible is quite lengthy and I’m mildly concerned about whether or not I’m going to be able to fit it in. And yet, the reviews from Leigh Kramer and others have me determined to make sure this book fits into my life this month. From everything I’ve heard, this book is a must read for those of us with vaginas and I definitely know I could use a book that will dispel myths.
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and Asha Bandele
This memoir promises to pack a punch as it’s about the women who created the Black Lives Matters movement. The last line of the description is this, “It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.”
Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Another essay collection that “dissects everything from beauty to Obama to pumpkin spice lattes. Yet Thick will also fill a void on those very shelves: a modern black American female voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms in a style uniquely her own.” I’m excited to get to this essay collection.
From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughtry
This may well be the book I’m the most nervous about reading, but I’m also intrigued to learn about how other cultures deal with death and I’m optimistic that somehow this book will help me learn to better cope with grief. I’m not particularly optimistic, but at the very least, I don’t think this book can hurt!
I’m definitely throwing myself into the deep end with nonfiction that promises to make me feel a whole lot of emotions, but I think these stories are important and I’m going to try and listen. Are you participating in Nonfiction November? If so, what are you looking forward to reading?