Nonfiction November 2017 – My Year in Nonfiction

Nonfiction November 2017 Info

Week 1: (Oct 30 to Nov 3) – Julie @ JulzReads: Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

My Year

I’ve been having a pretty slumpy year, reading-wise. Out of only 30 books, I’ve read 7 nonfiction titles.

Two of what I’ll call “Pop Culture”:

Three Celebrity Bios:

Two about Magic:


Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz ChickensI’ve been a fan of Eddie Izzard since sometime in the early 2000s after his special Dressed to Kill was aired on HBO. I had followed his career and some of his marathon-running odyssey, but there was a lot I didn’t know about Izzard. His journey to stardom is a long one. I also enjoyed reading about his philosophy: that belief in self and those around you can be a very powerful thing.


Adelaide Herrmann Queen of MagicMy favorite is different from my recommended because magic history is a bit of a niche subject. But, if you’re interested in magic or showbiz during the late 19th/early 20th century, this is a great book. Adelaide Herrmann was one heck of a lady, becoming one of the most famous female magicians after the death of her husband.

Looking Forward

I can’t read enough books about magic, but mostly it would be nice to eventually get through the nonfiction books I’ve acquired this year:

  • Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington
  • The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
  • Lizzie: The Letters of Elizabeth Chester Fisk, 1864-1893, edited by Rex C. Meyers
  • The Science of Illusion by Jacques Ninio
  • Here is Real Magic by Nate Staniforth

Alas, Nonfiction November always increases my want-to-read list. Not that I’m complaining. 🙂

13 thoughts on “Nonfiction November 2017 – My Year in Nonfiction

    1. Katherine Nabity Post author

      If you’re memoir obsessed, definitely check out the Adelaide Herrmann book–although, it is more event driven than internal life driven. Still, very interesting in a historical sense.

  1. nsenger

    I loved the movie The Perfect Storm, and the book has been on TBR shelf for quick a few years, so maybe it’s time to read it! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. buriedinprint

    Some years are slumpier than others: maybe some of the reviews you read this month will inspire you again. And, I agree, that sometimes one’s favourite is not necessarily the one you recommend the most; I had two different choices there as well. Good luck with your reading!

  3. Kristilyn

    I’ve been watching a lot of BookTube videos of non-fiction November TBRs and my wishlist was increasing before the reading even started! I love seeing what other people are reading. I started out with more memoirs and celebrity books so it’s a nice way to expand my horizons. Good luck with your reading!

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  5. DoingDewey

    I’ve seen several positive reviews of Ghostland, including yours, and it sounds like a book I’d enjoy too. And I’m still going through nonfiction November posts and growing my to-read list too!


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