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Nonfiction November 2019 ~ Week 1

The end of the year is so great. After two months of spooky Perilous reading, it’s time for another one of my favorite blogging events: Nonfiction November! There’s a new prompt each week. (All the details!)

Week 1: (Oct. 28 to Nov. 1) – Your Year in Nonfiction

Hosted by Julz of Julz Reads

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this 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?

As usual, the largest topic of my nonfiction reading (4 of seventeen books) has been magic. Also, not shockingly, two of my favorite reads—ones that I would absolutely recommend are of this subject:

Spectacle of Illusion Conjure Times: The History of Black Magicians in America

A couple of true crime books also captured my attention this year. Both focused on the length and complexity of serial killer investigations.

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

And lastly, a book I’d certainly recommend (and it was recommended to me!):

Poe: A Life Cut Short

So, here we go. I’m sorry, books I added to my TBR last year that I haven’t gotten to yet. You’re about to have so many new friends…


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

19 thoughts on “Nonfiction November 2019 ~ Week 1

  1. The Poe book sounds so interesting! I love the concept of a short biography, sometimes I shy away from them because they’re so lengthy, even if you’re interested in a subject. I loved I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and The Man From the Train was really interesting.

  2. Hi Katherine,
    I think I’m going to try NFN this year. Maybe I can use it as a jump start to get back into blogging more regularly again since I’ve read several really good NF books in 2019.

    I was a big fan of the Poe bio as well (maybe we’ve talked about it before or maybe even I recommended it to you – I can’t remember)

    We don’t overlap much on the Magic/True Crime reading tastes, but I have recently become interest in Tarot (for the cards, not for the fortune telling) and am trying to think of a “Tarot Option” for the 2020 Deal Me In Challenge.

    1. I’ll Be Gone… is a pretty rough ride. I read the two books nearly back to back (Man from the Train is about an axe-murderer) and I had second thoughts about being alone in the dark for a while,

  3. Thanks for joining in! The Man From the Train is one that, like shellyrae, I’ve not heard of before, but which I’d love to read. And I also really enjoyed I’ll Be Gone in the Dark 🙂

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