It’s Monday, November 9th. What Are You Reading?


Nonfiction November is in full swing, which means I’m working my way through a giant stack of books. It’s been hard for me to get settled this week, so I’m actually bouncing between three at the moment: Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich, Ravensbruck by Sarah Helm and Rising Strong by Brene Brown. They’re all pretty great so far, even though they’re quite different, so this month is off to a good start.

Even if you’re not participating, you should check out last week’s Nonfiction November wrap-up post. It’s a bit of a TBR killer, with favorite and most recommended nonfiction titles from a laundry list of bloggers.

And did you vote in the first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards? If you’re a book blogger, you can throw your favorites in the ring for Book Blogger Top Picks, too…open voting will be up through tomorrow!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • I’m currently reading Voices From Chernobyl and had to put it down for a little while, it is fascinating and beautiful but so devastating, I just can’t deal with that at the moment.

  • Myra Garces Bacsal

    Chernobyl looks like a powerful read. Enjoy the rest of your reading week!

  • I’ve heard such good things about Rising Strong and Brene Brown in general! I feel like Rebecca on Book Riot podcast is always raving about it.

  • purplemoonmyst

    I read rising strong a couple weeks ago. It has really helped me through a tough situation I had recently.

    • That’s a great vote of confidence! I’m feeling the same way, even though I’m just a bit into it…I thought her last book was a great help, too.

  • Oh man. I am fascinated by Chernobyl and anything Holocaust-related. So hard to read but so endlessly, weirdly interesting to me.

  • Those three books look really interesting and the first two I would guess are tough reading. I must look at the Brene Brown book but will wait to see what you think of it first.

  • Shannon, you’re doing great! After four nonfiction titles in a row, I’ve decided to begin Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving; I’m also reading The Champion’s Mind (trying to hit a big goal in a marathon on Dec. 19 so I need all the help I can get!) to stay in the nonfiction groove. Can’t wait to get a copy of Rising Strong; it’s on my library hold list – ha!

    • I’m definitely thinking I’ll need a fiction break here soon, too. Sounds like you’re picking the right books to reach that goal!

  • I haven’t voted on Goodreads b/c I haven’t read any of those contenders. Last year I had read at least a few. Some of this year’s are on my TBR list tho. It’s great how you’re reading a few nonfiction at once.

  • All three of these look really fascinating. The topics are all something I would really enjoy. I think this means I need to read more nonfiction.

  • You know how I wrote in all my picks for the GR awards? One of them worked! It’s a semi-finalist. It was all me, I swear.

  • Heather

    I’ll be interested to see your final thoughts on Ravensbruck – I’ve been wanting to read that one for a while. The other books you have there sound really interesting as well.

  • The Ravensbruck looks daunting. All three look really good