#NonficNovember 2019 Reading Plans

Good morning my loves!

Boy does it feel good to be back. This year marks the fifth anniversary of #NonficNovember hosted by the lovely Olive. If you’ve never heard of or participated in this readathon before, let me briefly explain to you what it is.

It’s a month-long readathon that’s primary purpose is to challenge members of the bookish community to read more non-fiction than they would in a typical month. For example, if you don’t usually read any non-fiction, your goal would be to read one, if you usually read one non-fiction book a month, your goal would be to read two or more and so on an so forth. You don’t have to read entirely non-fiction during the month, although that is what I am planning on doing.

There are four prompts this year (although Olive explains that you don’t have to follow them rigidly). They are; design, sport, true and voice. If you’re looking for some recommendations you can head over to Olive’s video here when she goes through what she’s planning on reading too. I don’t plan on following the prompts this year but I am sticking to a general theme: science, medical etc.

I’m coming to realise that placing ‘strict rules’ on myself when it comes to reading and blogging just don’t work for me right now. So while I am bringing you a reading plans post today, I kick myself if I don’t manage to get to them all.

Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome by Venki Ramakrishnan

The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience by Guy Leschziner

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Maladies by Stephen McGann


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

A Short History of Medicine by Steve Parker

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Past Mortems: Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine


Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways by Thomas J. Bollyky

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

The Excellent Doctor Blackwell: The Life of the First Woman Physician by Julia Boyd


And there we have it, my reading plans for next month! I am so excited to get started – these books have been eyeing me from my shelves for too long now. I would love it if you left me links to your reading plans for #NonficNovember!

Peace and pages


2 Replies to “#NonficNovember 2019 Reading Plans”

  1. BookerTalk says:

    I’m going to join in with this but limiting myself to just one book – Becoming by Michelle Obama. But I’ll definitely do the discussion topics ..

    the Bryson sounds fascinating based on all the reviews I’ve seen

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    • tomeswithtea says:

      Ohhh! I’ve had that on my shelf for ages and I really really want to get to it soon – I’d love to hear what you think about it!

      That’s probably the one I’m most excited about to be honest!


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