My Nonfic November TBR

Hello everyone!

Growing up, I loved facts. I remember going through my parents’ attic when I was moving out to University and finding box upon box of Horrible History and Horrible Science magazines. I was part of the school science club, I remember sitting with one of my friends as a kid and watching every day how the eggs in the pond became tadpoles, then became frogs. I’ve always loved learning, so why is it that at some point I just stopped fact hunting and sank into the realm of fiction? 

It was a slow process, and it took place in school and university. 

My mind has to fight to hold onto or understand numbers, so you can probably imagine how well I retained scientific formulas and lists of dates that stuffy Victorian men argued in parliament. Standardised testing has never been fun, and I much prefer the act of learning to being tested on my memory of it, so over the course of several years of exams, essays and citations, my interest in nonfiction began to wane. Not entirely, in fact my dissertation was about 13,000 words on alternate forms of masculinity throughout the literature of the 20th century and that was incredibly interesting to research. 

Then I finished Uni, got a job and that was it – the end of my academic career. So far anyway, who knows. My brain switched from learning about the history of English Literature to learning how to do my job and figure out my pension and memorise bus times for my commute.

Fast forward to 2019, and I realise that I’ve been listening to nonfiction podcasts, and watching nonfiction book reviews on youtube, and still enjoying historical movies and….

It turns out that the love of facts and learning and history and science didn’t die after all, or just pulled a seasonally appropriate zombie-style revival. 

One minute you’re working hard doing a grown up office job, the next you’re on the bus home listening to a podcast about cephalopods. Adulthood is wild, man. 

Nonfiction November is a booktube event, but I don’t have that so I’m hijacking it for my blog. The primary aim is what the name suggests – read some nonfiction. So I scoured the web and my own bookshelves to pull out a nonfic line up for you all!

If you want to take part, there are four ‘suggestion’ themes for if you just don’t know where to start! They are:





I have chosen just to make my own path nonfiction wise, and I will be reading (drumroll please):

Book one: Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix

This one was a birthday present from Lauren, who keeps very close tabs on the books I won’t shut up about like some sort of wish list wizard. I’ve reviewed a couple of Grady Hendrix’s fiction books; My Best Friend’s Exorcism and Horrorstor, here on the blog, but this is the first nonfiction of his I have encountered. In this book, Hendrix delves into the history of the horror paperbacks of the 70s and 80s and I am super excited to find out what gave rise to the phenomenon as well as how it may have informed the horror I read and enjoy today! Also in keeping with Hendrix’s works, it’s gorgeous, just look at it. 

This thing is PACKED with super cool horror book covers and illustrations!

I thought, why not dip my toes into the ocean that is nonfiction books by choosing one that combines two things I love – history and horror! 

Book two: Will my cat eat my eyeballs? : big questions from tiny mortals about death by Caitlin Doughty

This is a book that just keeps popping up whenever I look into popular nonfiction texts, and apparently manages to be quite funny about a topic that typically…isn’t? A funeral director by trade, Doughty answers questions from children – who apparently ask her questions surprisingly often! – about death. Too young to know that this is a topic grown ups steadfastly DO NOT discuss in western societies, these kids will ask all sorts of things including, according to the blurb, if you can have a viking funeral, or keep a friend’s skull as a memento. And I’m curious. 

This book also doubles as a continuation of my attempts to use and support my local library and also save money, because damn it I spend so much money on books. 

I also hope to be reviewing a nonfiction podcast or two over the next month, so keep your eyes open for some HIGH QUALITY FACTUAL CONTENT here on Sapphistication this November.

For more information on Nonfiction November check out the official Twitter account or the Youtube channel Abookolive where Olive has posted several videos about it as well as lots of very funny and interesting reviews and TBR lists that have added a BUNCH of books to my own TBR! 


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