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Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Fiction Books I Want To Read


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is a Back to School/ Learning Freebie which gives me quite a bit of options as to my topic.  Since I don't often talk about nonfiction books, I'm sharing some nonfiction titles I'd like to read.  Without further ado, here we go in alphabetical order by title:


Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox - True crime featuring the creator of Sherlock Holmes - I need this in my life.


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson - I was really impressed by The Devil in the White City and I'm going to have to read more of Larson's worth.


The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession by David Grann - I loved The Lost City of Z and as soon as I heard that Grann had written a true crime book featuring a connection to Holmes I knew I had to pick it up.


Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn - I've seen this come and go across my desk at the library and it sounds like a fascinating read, especially since I'm so interested in the Roosevelt family.


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty - I'm hooked on this author's YouTube channel called Ask A Mortician and her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.  At this point, I think I'll read just about anything she writes.


Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom - I've seen this one come across my desk at the library - unexpectedly, this sounds like a fascinating memoir of the women in the family behind the Jell-O brand.


Ruthless Tide: The Tragic Epic of the Johnstown Flood by Al Roker - After having visiting the town in Pennsylvania years ago I've been interested in learning all I can about the event.  Totally unexpected that Roker of all people would have released a book on the topic, but I need to try it.


The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester - I don't know about you, but I want to read this just because of that title!


Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul by Karen Abbott - I just happened to find a copy of this a yard sale not too long ago and it sounds like a fascinating look at the history of Chicago.


The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfictionby Neil Gaiman - Gaiman is one of those authors that I'll read anything they write.  I'm actually not quite sure why I haven't read this one yet.

What are your favorite nonfiction books?  Have you read any of the books on my list?  Which one should I start first?  As always, thanks very much for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

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  1. I rarely read anything that isn't fiction, so I don't have a list of non-fiction books. Still, someday I imagine I'll find some good ones to read - and anytime a book list involves Sherlock books, you know there's some good reading. :)

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    1. You can never go wrong with Holmes! Thanks for coming over, Rissi!

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  2. Oh yes! Many of these are ones I want to read. From Here to Eternity is new to me, but sounds like it will be good. I will have to check out the author's YouTube channel. Eleanor and Hick has been on my TBR pile awhile now. I really need to get to it. Great list, Lauren!

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    1. Thanks for coming over! I hope we'll both enjoying them!

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  3. The Professor and the Madman is really interesting and memorable. I hope you get to it. School related TTT

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  4. I don't read a lot of non fiction but these books look like they'd be intriguing to read. My TTT

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    1. Fingers crossed they're as good as they look. Thanks for sharing, Chrissi.

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  5. The Conan Doyle book looks like it would be super interesting, and Gaiman's book too.

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  6. I think I have one non-fiction book on my radar right now (Astrophysics for People in a Hurry), but I don't really read much NF any more. Though, there's always room for Jello. =)

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    1. I listened to that one on audio - and it was fascinating!

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  7. Ooh some excellent books here :)
    I quite enjoyed Unmentionable, the cover of Sin In The Second City reminds me of it.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. I've been thinking about Unmentionable - I may have to try it.

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  8. I'm not much for non-fiction, but that Neil Gaiman one peaked my interest!

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    1. I'll read pretty much anything he writes to be sure. :)

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  9. Great list! The View From the Cheap Seats is on my TBR. I haven't read any non-fiction this year but it's a genre I love, so I think I'll be taking part in Non-Fiction November this year.

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    1. Good luck with it in November - I've been thinking about joining in on that, but I usually do Sci-Fi Month....

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  10. I haven't read any of these, but I would like to read Neil Gaiman's book😁

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    1. I hope the both of it would like it if we both get there, Tammy. :)

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  11. I haven't read any of the books on this list, but Dead Wake sounds pretty interesting.

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    1. I hope it will be! :)

      Thanks for coming over, Brooke.

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  12. I just saw Conan Doyle for the Defense at the library last night! It was sitting on the new books shelf and I came so close to picking it up! And I love Neil Gaiman, I'd read anything he wrote. :)

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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  13. Dead Wake and Eleanor and Hick are both very good. I'm an amatuer Roosvelt "scholar" so I've read nearly everything on TR, FDR and ER. The book is well worth it as is Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert--it's fiction and came out before White Houses. Imho it's the better novel on Eleanor and Hick. Just my 2 cents! Great list!

    Lisa @ https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/top-10-tuesday-back-to-school-or-learning-freebie/

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  14. I read more fiction than non, but I do love true crime.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Generally I read much more fiction, but sometimes I see some nf that catches my eye. :)

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  15. I do enjoy nonfiction every so often, mostly history and true crime. I tend to enjoy history more when I listen to them on audiobook. Great list.

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    1. Me too. Sometimes I prefer them on audio, but if there are photos or maps I like to physically see them. :)

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  16. Nice selection of books in your post!! I've read The Professor and the Madman and it is so awesome!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/08/top-ten-tuesday-back-to-schoollearning.html

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  17. I am way out of the loop when it comes to nonfiction. From Here to Eternity sounds interesting though. Hope you get a chance to read these soon!

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  18. We took the same spin on today's topic and actually have on in common! Ruthless Tide is one I hadn't heard of and I may have to check out!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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  19. I do really like nonfiction but I need to read more of it. I want to read View from the Cheap Seats and I'm really curious about Conan Doyle for the Defense. I really like Jon Ronson for nonfiction - So You've Been Publicly Shamed and The Psychopath Test are both great.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I've heard of both of those titles, I may have to look them up!

      Thanks for coming over, Lauren. :)

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