May BAND Discussion: Non Fiction…. The Topics You Hate To Admit You Enjoy

BAND — Bloggers’ Alliance of Nonfiction Devotees — is a group organized to promote the joy of reading nonfiction. We are “advocates for nonfiction as a non-chore,” and we want you to join us. Each month, a member of BAND hosts a discussion on their blog related to nonfiction.

I was so excited when I was offered to host the May BAND topic.  I started dabbling a bit more consistently into non-fiction in early 2010 and discovered I really enjoyed it.  It seems as I get older (*insert GROAN here*)the more I find myself fascinated with true stories.

Non-fiction covers everything from memoirs, to facts about anything…bugs, wood, planes, homes, historical truths, you name it… you can read about it…


what I would like to offer up as the topic this month is what are those topics in non fiction reading, that you almost hate to say out loud that you enjoy reading about.

I have two that come to mind, one I don’t mind saying out loud… the other even disturbs me a bit.  😛 

The first is, I am fascinated with everything to do with the Titanic.  Not just now that we are on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy… but I always have been.  In a way, I feel bad about this because it is about a tragedy… but I am drawn to it… the ship, the facts, the people on board… I can not get enough about reading non fiction about this…

A Night To Remember

Titanic Survivor by Violet Jessop (on my wish list!)

The Story Of Titanic as told by Its Survivors

Voyagers Of The Titanic


The second non fiction topic that I hate to admit I like to read is true crime.  Yup.  There was a time when an Ann Rule book was the first book I read each year.  I admit, I haven’t read one in a few years now, but I am still drawn to the topic for some reason even I can’t explain.  I am oddly interested and baffled by what causes people to act in such ways.  Some of the true crime I have read in the past:

Heart Full Of Lies

The Stranger Beside Me (Ann Rule’s recap of her friendship with Ted Bundy when he worked the Crisis Hot Line with her, before he was discovered to be a serial killer)

Green River Running Red

Every Breath You Take (the first Ann Rule I ever read, about a woman whose husband would not let her go – an obsession that was so frightening that she (Sheila Blackthorn Bellush) knew he would eventually kill her and had told a friend to have Ann Rule  write her story if he did succeed in killing her).  He succeeded.


Thanks for letting me play in the BAND!  😀

Do you have any non fiction topics that you are a little reluctant to admit you enjoy reading?  It can be anything… books about ants, the human brain, bed bugs, Salem Witch Trials, Undertakers, fashion, rock star memoirs…you name it! Spill it!  😀  Feel free to write your own BAND post and link it back here. 

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31 thoughts on “May BAND Discussion: Non Fiction…. The Topics You Hate To Admit You Enjoy

  1. I love true crime, too, Sheila, but also celebrity memoirs. Yes, a guilty pleasure.

    But not the Kardashians kind of celebrity; more the actors like Sissy Spacek (just bought her memoir). Or writers. Love reading writers’ memoirs.

    1. I would agree with that Laurel, Robb Lowe, Tina Fey, both were awesome! And uh yeah, since I have never watched the Kardashians nor do I have any desire too…. I would pass on that one 😀

  2. I usually read about WWII or the Holocaust. However lately it’s mostly the Financial Crisis of 2008 that I’ve been reading up on. Not sure why we are drawn to tragic events…..

  3. I’m with Laurel–celebrity memoirs are definitely my nonfiction guilty pleasure (and one of my preferred audiobook genres, too)!

  4. I used to read a ton of true crime when I was in college, but it started to freak me out. 🙂 The closest I’ve come in recent years is Dave Cullen’s Columbine, which was terrifying.

    I guess my nonfiction guilty pleasure would be weight loss memoirs. Keep hoping I’ll find that magic pill!

  5. I love reading memoirs of celebrities and even just regular people and books about running. Every few months I read a new non-fiction running book. Not a how to run, but someone who runs who shares how running has changed their life or how they trained for a marathon and what they encountered along the way. There was a time when I also read a lot of history of Scotland when I started the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, but i’ve gotten a bit away from that.

  6. Not a topic I’m reluctant to admit I enjoy, but in non-fiction I love stories of survival. Fell in an ice crevasse while climbing Mt Everest? I’m all over that. Currently reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. She walked the entire Pacific Crest Trail in an effort to “find herself” again. Astonishing to me was that she started this huge backpacking trip never having backpacked before! Crazy, stupid thing to do but I’m liking the book so far.

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