Nonfiction November: Week 4

Week 4: (Nov. 19 to 23) – Reads Like Fiction (Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction): Nonfiction books often get praised for how they stack up to fiction. Does it matter to you whether nonfiction reads like a novel? If it does, what gives it that fiction-like feeling? Does it depend on the topic, the writing, the use of certain literary elements and techniques? What are your favorite nonfiction recommendations that read like fiction? And if your nonfiction picks could never be mistaken for novels, what do you love about the differences?

Sometimes non-fiction is thought of as boring and/or difficult to read. However, IMO there’s nothing better than reading a non-fiction title that reads like a novel! In a nonfiction book, the action can be fast paced, the characters just as complicated and leave you amazed that it could possibly be true.

Here are ten of my favorites:

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Unbroken by Laura Hillderbrand

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick

Behind Enemy Lines by Marte Cohn

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamera

The Accidental Truth by Lauri Taylor

The Road Through Wonderland by Dawn Schiller

Spilled Milk by K. L. Randis

Click HERE for Book Descriptions and Links.

Do you love November? Do you love nonfiction? Or maybe you just like alliteration! I’ve decided to join Julie (JulzReads), Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), Katie (Doing Dewey), Rennie (What’s Nonfiction) and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) for the fifth annual Nonfiction November, a month-long celebration of everything nonfiction! To get the details and join in, click here!


  1. I love The Glass Castle and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark too, such good picks! I hadn’t heard of a bunch of these, like Behind Enemy Lines and Ghost in the Wires, I’m teally curious…great recommendations!

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