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Nonfiction November TBR


This is the last post in Nonfiction November —

It is our To-Be-Read lists!

Maybe after you’re done shopping, you want to relax and read…

Here are some of the nonfiction books I have added to my TBR list — 

(–>Title click links to read more or buy it)

–>Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas   (memoir of an undocumented immigrant) (–>Click to see the blogger who recommended this!)

–>The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu   (experiences of a border patrol agent)

–>Salt by Mark Kurlansky   (a world history on the significance of salt)

–>The Naked Now by Richard Rohr   (what mystics see in the Bible)

–>The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott   (Eleanor Roosevelt, her friend Pauli, and social justice)

–>The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben   (Trees are more mysterious than we think.)

–>Pleased to Meet Me by Bill Sullivan   (how biome, genes and germs, affect our behavior)

–>The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton  (true stories of bravery)

To find more TBR lists — –>Click Nonfiction November

I have enjoyed being part of Nonfiction November!

Did you add any books to your TBR list?  Tell us which ones…

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Nonfiction November week 4


This week we are finding out what makes a book our favorite!

The best way I know to figure this out is to look at books that are some of my favorites…

–>Finding Beautiful — the true stories of 12 women who went through a life transformation

–>Surviving the Island of Grace — memoir of a woman who lives on an island in Alaska, working as a salmon fisherman

–>A Second Chance at Heaven — memoir of a woman literally saved from hell

–>50 Women Every Christian Should Know — short biographies of women in history

–>Breaking Cover — the memoir of a female CIA agent

–>The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (historical fiction) — story of a woman during the depression who delivers books to dirt poor people in the Appalachians

–>Hidden Figures — true story of Black woman mathematicians at NASA

–>My Heart — memoir of a mother with a serious heart condition

The theme running though all of these book favorites is —

— a strong woman central character, who struggles through problems,

and ends up victorious!

These women are each an inspiration to me!

These are the kinds of books that encourage me to struggle on through life’s problems, and celebrate each victory, each joyful moment of discovery, each time of peaceful serenity.

I will never understand how some people go through life and never read a book.  They obviously don’t know what they are missing!

–>Click Nonfiction November for book favorites of other nonfiction bloggers.

So what makes a book your favorite?  Share in the comments below…


Nonfiction November week 3

Although this is a bit late, this is my list of books on 1 topic —

(all –>are clickable links)

–>Renia’s Diary (autobiography diary) (Poland)    –>To buy

–>The Dressmaker’s Gift (historical fiction well-researched) (France) –>To buy

__ The Boy Between Worlds (biography) (Netherlands) –>To buy

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(Since I have not reviewed this book yet, I am including the cover picture.)

So what do Poland, France, and the Netherlands have in common?

      — They all were invaded by Nazi Germany during WWII! 

The results for the common people trying to continue living their normal lives, was devastatingly similar.

The topic is WWII, but from the perspective of individual people. 

What was it like to live on the streets, in the neighborhoods, once the war invaded their country?

I found this topic fascinating!

I generally do not like war stories, but these books took the war down to the local level. We find out how the war affected individual people. 

All three of these books were very informative, personal, emotional, and shocking!

I highly recommend you read at least 1.

To get more recommended books for various topics,

   –>Check out more Nonfiction November week 3 lists.

I would love if you tell me about other WWII books you would recommend!  Please leave me a comment.

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Nonfiction November 2


I am really enjoying doing Nonfiction November!

This week we are suggesting a pair of books on the same subject — One is fiction and one is nonfiction. (to find more book details follow the –> below)

So here is my pairing —

I have two fiction choices that tell interesting love stories with families and all their complications included —

1 –>The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe — This is a popular book that I just loved, and it was made into a movie too!

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2 –>Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (by Kim Michele Richardson) – This is a love story as well as an historical-fiction story.  This book hit on a lot of my favorite subjects:  books, libraries, Appalachian Mountains, and a brave heroine!

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The true life love story written from actual diary entries and written letters —

3 –> “Devotedly” by Valerie Elliot Shepherd Valerie is the daughter of the true love couple, Elisabeth and Jim Elliot.

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For other interesting pairings, go to the Nonfiction November sponsor’s blog —

–>Sarah’s Bookshelves

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NonFiction November


This week I am joining a group called “Nonfiction November”.  We are all recommending the best nonfiction books we have read so far this year (2019).  Since I love nonfiction, I thought I would jump in.  So check out my recommendations, then head over to the main group post for even more great books!

1 — The #1 book I recommended most to friends and family —

–>Finding Beautiful by Rebecca Friedlander

It tells the true stories of 12 women whose lives were a mess, but they were transformed.  This is such an inspirational, hopeful book for women thinking their life is hopeless.  Just look up.

2 — My favorite nonfiction read this year —

–>Something Needs To Change by David Platt

This book is written from the heart!  The author describes his hike in the Himalayan Mountains, that became a heart-breaking call to make his life matter.  This book will challenge you to make changes in your life too.

3 — The theme of the books I have read this year is … Change!

–>Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

This is the most recent nonfiction book I have read.  It is definitely about change!  Although there is some history in it, this book tells why we need to commit to making changes in our communities through reconciliation.  I am following up with this book now, by joining their “Be the Bridge” FB group, and reading some of the books that group recommends to read.  This book is making a difference in my life, and in the lives of many other people across this country.

So you can click on the links above to find out more about my top 3 recommendations.  Then you can check out the other Nonfiction November bloggers’ book recommendations.  

–>Check out “Nonfiction November” HERE!

You can make your nonfiction recommendations in the comments below, or even link your blog up at Nonfiction November.  I am really glad to find this group of nonfiction geeks!  I hope I find out about some other great nonfiction reads I have not seen yet!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by here…

Let the truth reveal what’s real!