Bookish Tuesday, Non-Fiction

Nonfiction Book Club

After going through a bit of book club withdrawal over the evolution and loss of my former book club, I decided to start a new one at the bookstore with a focus strictly on works of nonfiction. Tonight is the sixth meeting and I can hardly believe it’s already been around that long! As nonfiction reviews seem to be the ones that are most followed from this blog, I figured I’d share with you the books that we’ve read and will be reading through the end of the year!

The very first meeting of the nonfiction book club, review can be found here.
Our second meeting – this one was met with some mixed reviews, most thought it tried a bit too hard to be the next Devil in the White City. Review can be found here.
Packing for Mars re-introduced me to Mary Roach and did, ultimately, inspire me to finish Stiff and Bonk after starting them for my other book club a few years ago. Overall, we found it enjoyable, but a bit too long – none of us were as curious as Mary was. Review can be found here.
This book really changed how I think about death – it also helped me handle my grief regarding the death of my grandmother. Overall, we liked it, but wish Caitlin had explored some death cultures and practices that differed more from her own. Review can be found here.
The Stowaway had us all talking about the 1920s and polar exploration, but ultimately we found it wanting – not much time was actually spend discussing or staying on Antarctica. Short read, but better suited to a long-form essay in a publication like the Atlantic instead of an actual book. Review can be found here.
Word by Word will be discussed by the group tonight! I just finished it (not even an hour ago) and I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks. Review for this one will be up on Sunday.
The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs comes to the book club highly recommended by a former coworker and wonderful friends. We’re collectively excited to read it and I can’t wait to start it tomorrow! It’s one of my longest nonfiction science/history books yet – we’ll see how I do – hopefully I’ll finish it on time!
The Soul of an Octopus is one of my husband’s favorite books of the last few years and when I pitched it to the group, they seemed interested as well. Another one that I’m very excited to read.
Another former staff member and friend has recommended The Poison Squad to the group – the members of the book club seem most interested in science, history, and true crime and as this incorporates them all, I hope it’ll be a hit!

Any Recommendations?

While our list for the rest of the year is set (we won’t be meeting in December), we’re always looking for new and exciting titles to read. If you have any recommendations, please let me know! In order to keep costs down, we only read paperbacks released in the US, but if a book is available in hardcover only right now, we can always keep it on our list for consideration later! And if you’re in the greater Philadelphia area looking for a book club to join, stop by the Towne Book Center & Wine Bar, 220 Plaza Drive, Suite B3, Collegeville PA 19426 on any of the upcoming meeting dates to join us!

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