Top Ten Tuesday: Nonfiction

Behold! Another TTT on a Thursday! I’m currently in the midst of preparations for my summer vacation, so I’m not even sure what day is it unless I check in my calendar, so forgive me for this yet again, my sweet readers. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things. This week the topic is: Back to School/Learning Freebie. I chose a sub-topic of nonfiction, and 10 books that are at the top of my nonfiction tbr.


1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


True crime is my rhyme, you already know that. This is one of the best rated and most read one from the genre, so I feel a need to read it some time soon. I’m prepared to be utterly disturbed.

2. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson


I’ve started this cool book right before college, and even though I was seriously gripped by the first few pages, I couldn’t keep going because of the college preparations so I quit. I plan to give it my full attention next time, hopefully soon.

3. Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery


I’ve already mentioned this biography in my Edward Gorey post, and that I can’t wait for it to be published in November, as it’s a biography on one of my favorite literary/art figures of all time.

4. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Edward Douglas, Mark Olshaker


Another true crime book, but this I have a very special interest in, because of the show Mindhunter which is based on it, and because I’m extremely interested in John Douglas’s research of the most wicked criminal minds of the 20th century.

5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls


I made a mistake and watched the movie first, but it’s been a while now, and it’s safe to say my gold-fish memory has erased most of the details and I can finally read this gripping memoir.

6. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer


This sounds like a fun book for me, a huge Elizabethan era fan, so I’m hoping it has some quality to it too. There are 3 books in the series, with different eras, but I’ll go with this one first.

7. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally


Schindler’s List is one of my favorite movies, and one of the most powerful ones I’ve ever watched, so I want to give the book a go too. I know this will be a hard read, but well worth it.

8. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi


Another true crime? Yes. This is also a special one, first because I’ve read Preston & Child’s fiction books, and truly loved them, and second, because Preston came a long way in writing this – starting from a simple interest in one of the most notorious Italian serial killers, to being caught along with Spezi in a web of corruption and vendetta of Italian police system.

9. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

*This turns out to be fiction, so apologies for my thickheadedness.


I’ve read two wonderful reviews of this book, written by my friends Gerry (The Book Nook UK), and Amalia (The Opinionated Reader), which both convey a message that this is a truly gripping, but deeply sad account of a cat, and that I need to read it.

10. Summer: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons by Melissa Harrison


Another one warmly recommended to me by Amalia, this book is part of a quartet, each gloriously describing one of the four seasons through extracts of prose and poetry. It sounds like a book of exploration, something I’ve rarely dipped my toe in, but I’m ready to dive in on my upcoming vacation.


So that’s it my friends, these are 10 nonfiction books I’m most excited to read at the moment. There are more, of course, and a lot of those are true crime, but we’ll get to that once I start checking off this list. I’m interested in opinions of those who’ve read some of these books, so if you’ve read one or more books from my list – give me a holler in the comments! Have a great Thursday loves!

27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Nonfiction

  1. Hi Marina! Thank you for shining a light on nonfiction! We ( are currently running a nonfiction short story contest to motivate people to share their stories and create an inspirational environment. It is not a literary contest, but it is a nice exercise to get comfortable with sharing stories. And hopefully we can all inspire others and make an impact!

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  2. I definitely need to read more non-fiction, I don’t have anything lined up that I can think of though there are some autobiography’s that seem interesting. The Travelling Cat Chronicles is fiction and not non-fiction though – just in case you go into it wondering what the heck is going on when you read the bits from the cats POV!

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    1. Me too, there are some true gems out there, but as you can see I’m too focused on fantasy these days. 😀

      Hahaha omg, I was really concentrated on that one and the Summer book as I was writing this that it never got through my thick head that it’s fiction. xD I still want to read it though – I’ll add an explanation to my post asap. 😀

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  3. I have been meaning to read In Cold Blood for ages. I think this Fall is the time!!

    I absolutely adore The Glass Castle. It has stayed with me even though I read it many years ago. I also enjoyed the movie!

    I am going to have to look in to a few of the other books. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Me too, I think Fall has the best mood for true crime. 🙂

      Glad you loved it, I really liked the movie so I can’t wait to read the book!

      Thanks, some of these are just my kind of thing, so no promises on quality, but some should be really good according to reviews. 🙂


  4. Amazing list! And also: “True crime is my rhyme” <– you're too funny!

    In Cold Blood is great and I really liked Monster of Florence, actually I've been meaning to reread it after listening to a couple of podcasts that mentioned it. I also CAN'T WAIT for the Edward Gorey bio! Even just the cover makes me excited. And I really recommend Schindler's List and the Glass Castle, both are fantastic. The Glass Castle is one of my all time favorites.
    Actually I just finished Mindhunter a few days ago! I didn't love his storytelling voice or his personal stories but the case studies were fascinating. There's another book of his that I think also sounds really good, The Cases that Haunt Us. I love reading the FBI perspective on cases, it's so fascinating.

    I hope you read some of these soon, would love to read your thoughts on them. Fantastic post!

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    1. So, I was randomly scrolling through my comments and realized I’ve only read the first sentence of your comment here. :S Serves me right for using my phone for this. Anyway, I wanted to answer again because I was really looking forward to your thoughts on this post (for true crime especially) and then I was kind of disappointed because stupid me didn’t realize you wrote more than a sentence. xD

      Your approval for In Cold Blood and Monster of Florence means I’ll read those as soon as I get the chance! Edward Gorey bio is coming out soon, so can’t wait to share thoughts on that! Schindler’s List and The Glass Castle are quickly rising to the top of my tbr. 😀 I’ll still give Mindhunter a chance, and I’ll add The Cases that Haunt Us to my tbr, and I expect I’ll read at least a few of these books in the coming months, because autumn and winter are a perfect setting for disturbing reads. 😀

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      1. I’m terrible with wordpress on my phone, I hate commenting with it, so I completely get you! 🙂 You know I can’t resist a true crime discussion!!

        I can’t wait to hear what you think of Monster of Florence especially, I’ve been meaning to reread that one for awhile because I read a couple of other nonfiction titles by Douglas Preston last year and loved them. Mindhunter is still worth the read, and actually I finished The Cases that Haunt Us a week or so ago…I liked it a bit more than Mindhunter, just because he focuses much more on the actual cases and profiling than segueing into personal stuff like happens in Mindhunter 🙂 but his take on criminality and procedure is really interesting! And totally agree – autumn and winter are so good for the creepy crawly disturbing reads. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these!!

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        1. Ugh, me too, and I’m glad you replied! 🙂

          I think I’ll go with In Cold Blood first, but I should be able to fit in Monster of Florence this year too. 🙂 Awesome, I added The Cases that Haunt Us to my tbr! I like more case talk then personal stuff too, I think I’ll like it. 🙂 Yep, I plan to read at least 80% creepy stuff for the rest of the year. 😀


  5. Perfect post is perfect!!! I can’t wait to read ”Born To Be Posthumous” and I agree, ”Schindler’s List” is a harrowing experience and a book that every human being has to read. Perhaps, then we’d stop repeating the mistakes of the past….

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    1. Thank you Amalia! ❤ Me too, and agree for Schindler’s List, though I don't think it's whether someone reads it or not, but whether the books reaches out to them, which wouldn't be the case with people in question, if they even read anything at all. :/

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