The Nonfiction Reading List

I seem to have gotten out of the habit of reading nonfiction lately, and I’m trying to change that. Here are the nonfiction reads I currently have waiting for me:


Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin (via Netgalley). I don’t actually remember requesting this from Netgalley, but I must have, because on a whim I logged in after what I thought had been a long time away, and there it was. I’m all for changing my habits, so this is a good book for me. I’m about a quarter of the way through it so far.


10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works, by Dan Harris (via Scribd). I decided I wanted to read this when I came across an article by Dan Harris somewhere—and it was funny and interesting and helpful. I put myself on the long hold list for it at the library, but I’m pleased to say that Scribd has it available in both print and audiobook formats.

feeding a yen

Feeding a Yen by Calvin Trillin (via my library). I came across this book on a number of blogs I follow (unfortunately, I forgot to make a note of which ones when I put the hold on this book) and it looked really interesting. The subtitle is “Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco”.


Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen (via my library). I came across this title on some of the blogs I follow, too, but again I forgot to make a note of which ones. (I think this must have been back before I was using Trello to keep track of stuff like this. Or it was on a night when I was feeling lazy …). This looks like an interesting read, but its a big book (over 400 pages, which is big for nonfiction, I think) so I might end up buying my own copy, because I’m not sure I’ll have the time to read it all before it has to go back to the library.

art before breakfast

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory (via my library). I bet no-one’s surprised this is on my reading list. Plus I’ve enjoyed each of Danny Gregory’s other books. So I’m really looking forward to diving into that one.

I actually have more nonfiction books hanging around waiting for me, but this is already a pretty long post! And these are also the five that are at the top of my nonfiction to-read list right now—I’m definitely more likely to finish these ones than the other titles on my list.

Have you read any nonfiction lately? Have a nonfiction title to recommend?

8 thoughts on “The Nonfiction Reading List

  1. Kay

    I’m planning on reading Better Than Before and I also had been considering 10% Happier. Good luck with your nonfiction reading!

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I’ve been seeing Better Than Before and 10% Happier around a lot lately! And, I have heard Dan Harris is funny! I’m not generally a fan of self-help type books, but a really relatable and funny author could change that :)

  3. Ti

    This is a great list. I want to read that Kondo book everyone is talking about. You know, the one about decluttering.

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I enjoyed Better Than Before though I need to get it in print and read it when I can make notes. Her ideas are great but nothing really stuck with me. I’ll be curious to see what you think of Calvin Trillin. I’ve read a few articles by him and liked them.

  5. Vasilly

    I love Danny Gregory, but my library doesn’t have many of his books. The Alphabet book is going on my tbr list. It sounds so interesting. Happy reading.

  6. Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll)

    I have Better than Before but haven’t started it because Happier at Home is on my To Review stack and I don’t want to get them confused!

    I’ve got two nonfiction going right now: Syllabus by Lynda Barry (which I know you’ve read) and Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King, which one the Pulitzer for nonfiction in 2013. The Diversity Book Club is reading it since it’s about Thurgood Marshall and a particular case the NAACP handled in 1949.

  7. Sharlene

    Oh! Those sound like good reads! I too have fallen out of the nonfiction reading habit. I did read H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald a month or so ago. Fantastic read btw! And am adding some of these to my list, especially Alphabetical.

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