2018 Nonfiction November: Book Pairings


Nonfiction November is an annual celebration of Nonfiction. This year it is hosted by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction), and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness). The first prompt is today, and is hosted by Kim.

This week’s prompt is to choose a fiction book that we think goes along well with a nonfiction book. It is hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves. I have trouble with this prompt because (although it’s incredibly fun) my fiction books don’t often mesh well with nonfiction books. But in this case, I decided to pick fiction books that I’ve simply heard are fantastic to pair with nonfiction books I’ve read this year. (With one exception, where I read both of them.)

American Psychosis and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


I really should read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest given my interest in the failures of the mental health system – it’s a classic. And I loved the movie. It is about a narcissistic man who decides to plead insanity in order to get a reduced incarceration time – and what happens to him in the insane asylum. American Psychosis, if I remember correctly, even makes a vague reference to the book. It is about the failures of the American Mental Health system throughout its history.

Beyond These Walls and The Hate U Give


This one is the exception: I have read both of these books, though Beyond These Walls will not be released until January. It is about the failures of the American Justice system through history and (partly) about the incongruity between the ratio of minorities in America and the ratio of punishments (and brutalizations) they receive from the justice system. The Hate U Give, if you haven’t heard of it already, is a book everyone should read. It is about a teen who sees her friend shot by a police officer and must testify against the officer.

Killers of the Flower Moon and Mean Spirit


Killers of the Flower Moon is a True Crime book about the Osage murders of the 1920’s. Mean Spirit is a fictionalized accounts of the same murders, and it was nominated (though did not win) the Pulitzer Prize back in the ’90s. (Does that make it a classic?)

Weekly Update 38

Off the blog

This has been a fun two weeks. I got lots of books read, and got lots of fun stuff done. 🙂 Last weekend, we went to the pumpkin patch / corn festival and had lots of fun in the corn pit:

corn pit

A couple days later, we carved our pumpkins. Mine had a few rotten parts, so I carved them out and pretended that I planned my pumpkin that way from the beginning. The kids were so confused!


On Wednesday, Aaron and the kids went trick-or-treating. D was Hermione and M was Batman. Unfortunately, I was feeling really tired that night and didn’t end up getting pictures for you.

We also had parent-teacher-conferences. M is doing very well in school – the teacher is thrilled with him. D is also doing much better than last year, though we still need to get the anxiety under control. I think part of the improvement was that she clicks better with this year’s teacher (who is calmer) than she did with last year’s teacher. Sometimes that happens – it doesn’t mean last year’s teacher was bad, just that sometimes students and teachers don’t click.

I’m down to 6 weeks more of my pregnancy, and will start weekly doctor appointments now. *le sigh* But at least I’m in the last stretch! Today, in fact, is our day-long birthing class. I was skeptical that taking a birthing class would be a good use of time, but decided that my anxiety disorder has been acting up quite a bit with this pregnancy, and I’ll probably be calmer if I feel like I’ve considered everything that needs to be considered.

On the blog

I reviewed: Them, by Ben Sasse; The Cresswell Plot, by Elizabeth Wass; and The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

In November, I have decided to participate in Nonfiction November, Margaret Atwood Reading Month, and SciFi Month.

I have decided to host a Dresden Files Group Read and a 2019 Year of Shakespeare (though I am considering combining with The Classics Club and hosting 3 months of a 37-month Shakespeare event).

Reading this coming week

Currently Reading

Here are the books that I plan on making progress on during the next week. I know I read a lot of books at once. But that’s the way I roll. 🙂



Over the past two weeks, I have completed 7 books – leaving me on track to get to my goal of 75 books this year.



I pulled off quite the book haul over the past two weeks. The Lies We Told is my BOTM book for October. Scriptures of the World’s Religions and A Survey of Hinduism will be enjoyed slowly as part of my personal education experience. Washington Black is my Litsy Markup Postal Book Club choice for November. I received The Quiet You Carry and A Bright Future as NetGalley ARCS. (Eventually they’ll stop giving me ARCS as my percentage of books reviewed is 54%. I’m currently working on reading down my list while only requesting one book per release-month. I’m out to May in Nonfiction and March in Fiction.)

Margaret Atwood Reading Month: First Margaret Atwood


So Margaret Atwood Month has started. It’s hosted by Naomi at Consumed by Ink and Marcie at BuriedInPrint. The first week’s prompt is to talk about the first Atwood book we’ve read. I am ashamed to say that I’ve only read one Atwood book: The Handmaid’s Tale, and that not until a couple of months ago (review here). This was an amazing book, and I wish I hadn’t taken so long to read it. I first heard about Margaret Atwood when I was a teenager, and I was asking someone about The Robber Bride, which I found them reading at work. She couldn’t quite describe to me what “genre” Atwood wrote – which now is funny to me. I apparently thought all books had genres. But I bought the book the next day, and still haven’t read it. lol.

I thought this event was a good opportunity to read a little more Atwood – though I will only be able to fit in one book, as I have a lot going on this month. It’ll be Oryx and Crake. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s reviews!


Dresden Files Group Read

I know this is late notice, but I have decided to read all the Dresden Files books in a little over a year. There are currently 15 of them. I will start with Storm Front in November. If anyone wants to join this project, let me know in the comments. This can be an informal event where I post a linky for people’s reviews, and you can read at your own pace – or pick up in the middle of the series if you wish.

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas


Summary: In this heart-wrenching book, Starr Carter witnesses the shooting of an life-long friend during a traffic stop. At first, she doesn’t want to talk about it with anyone, as the pain is too deep. But eventually she begins to learn that speaking out is the only way stop such things from happening again. Stuck between two worlds – that of her family and neighbors and that of her mostly white private school – Starr must learn to navigate a life that is all her own.

My Thoughts: Wow. I’m not sure what I can say about this book. I cried pretty much every time I opened the it because it is so tragic and realistic. This is the most powerful book I’ve read in years, and it was aimed at teens. There are some complaints among parents about the violence and the language in this book, but you know what? Teens need to learn what the world is like right now, or nothing is going to change. I think EVERYONE needs to read this book. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

For those who are afraid that this book is anti-police, Starr’s uncle is an officer, and he’s one of the good guys.

5 snowflakes

Nonfiction November 2018: My Year in Nonfiction


Nonfiction November is an annual celebration of Nonfiction. This year it is hosted by Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction), and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness). The first prompt is today, and is hosted by Kim.

Week 1: (Oct. 29 to Nov. 2) – Your Year in Nonfiction (Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness):Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Nonfiction november books

Here’s an overview of the Nonfiction books I’ve read thus far this year. I usually get more read, but I’m a little behind this year!

My Favorite Nonfiction This Year – I’d say the best nonfiction book I read this year was Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann. It was an account of the Osage murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s. Tragic and fascinating. I would suggest it to anyone who reads general nonfiction or recent history.

Particular Topic that I Read More Of – Well, I read two each of these three subjects: Mental Health (American Psychosis and No One Cares About Crazy People), Incarceration (Incarceration Nations and Beyond These Walls – not pictured), and Scientology (Beyond Belief and Going Clear).

Nonfiction Book Recommended the Most – Lol. Sorry, I have no idea whether there’s any one book I suggest more often. I tend to suggest books based on people’s interest subjects.

What Do I Hope to Accomplish by Participating in Nonfiction November – I hope to find more bloggers to interact with