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Monday, October 29, 2018

Nonfiction November Starts Today---October 29-November 30

It almost seems like I am cheating by signing up for Nonfiction November since I am judging the JH/SH Nonfiction books for the Cybils Award right now through December. So far 89 books have been nominated and I should be reading a book a day (or more) to finish the list, but I am poking along. Today, however, is a new day and I already have a pile of books ready for reading and/or perusing. Judges are allowed to read enough of each book to make a judgement on it which is probably somewhere over 50 pages but more likely 100 pages. Other books beg to be finished and I set them aside for later or ask pardon from the other books in the queue and finish them right away.

Here are my upcoming titles, in no particular order:

  • Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling
  • Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage
  • (Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen
  • 1968: Today's Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, and Change edited by Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Blacklisted: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment by Larry Dane Brimner
  • Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers
  • The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein's Creator Mary Shelley by Catherine Reef
  • Whale Quest: Working Together to Save Endangered Species by Karen Romano Young
Stay tuned for my updates as I will be writing reviews of all the books.


  1. I love these challenges you set for yourself. And you learn a lot in the process!!

  2. Starting today?? But it's still October & we still have 3 more days of the RIP Challenge! I plan to finish my dark & creepy reading by Wednesday and THEN hot the nonfiction - a good motivation for me since I normally read mostly fiction. I have LOTS of nonfiction on my TBR shelves and in my audio backlog to choose from!

    Enjoy -


    Book By Book

  3. I'm halfway through a book about Mary Shelley as well - fascinating woman, as was her mother.

  4. I think it's perfectly fine to double dip with CYBILS reading and Non-fiction November! It seems like a bunch of the nominated books have a political/activist bent.

  5. Good luck for this themed November! I've read biographies of Mary Shelley, her life was fascinating!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found


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