The Relentless Reader’s Favorite Nonfiction of 2013

Oh nonfiction, how I love you! I wish I could pinpoint the day I fell in love with your wise and wonderful ways. Alas, I cannot. But I want to thank you for making me feel like a know-it-all!

Now, in no particular order, my favorite nonfiction books and/or memoirs of 2013:

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
Pilgrim’s Wildernessย by Tom Kizzia
Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Which nonfiction books are on your list of favorites?

38 thoughts on “The Relentless Reader’s Favorite Nonfiction of 2013

  1. I read so few nonfiction books this year. It was definitely a year for pleasure reading for me. I hope to read more nonfiction this coming year though–one of my unofficial goals. ๐Ÿ™‚ These titles sound really good.


  2. Love the Kelly GIF. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my favorite job duties is ordering all the adult nonfiction books for the library. But then I see so many come in and I don't have time to read them all which makes me sad! The only one I've read from your list is The World's Strongest Librarian. I also really enjoyed My Year with Eleanor, One Summer: America 1927, and How to Be a Woman.


  3. I'm jealous! You read a lot of great nonfiction. I'm going to write down the titles; I've seen them on many end of the year lists. I spent the year investigating a new genre–drama. While I'm glad I did, I would rather be reading nonfiction!


  4. I just love that this post exists! Yay for non-fic.I think my favorite non-fics this year were My Beloved Brontosaurus, Fabricated, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, Space Chronicles….. okay really, too many to list like this! Lol.


  5. I think I'm slowly getting better at reading non-fiction. Your enthusiasm for it always makes me want to read more! I've had The World's Strongest Librarian on my list for ages so I think it's time to get to that next year. Pilgrim's Wilderness sounds really interesting too.


  6. I enjoy reading favorite lists at the end of the year. I don't read fast enough to read so many great books. The only non-fiction I read this year was \”Wild\” and loved it.


  7. AND I forgot to mention the best part — we are now officially allowed to read on the desk if it's a slow day and all our work is completed. Most libraries have a policy of not allowing you to read on the desk, but our admins decided it was important for us to show that we use the collection ourselves and also we can have recommendations ready to hand to patrons. LOVE THIS POLICY.


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