I really like reading non-fiction. I never had an issue with reading it as a child, and now as an adult, I still really like reading it! I know it seems intimidating to some people, so today I’m going to tell you about some of my favourite non-fiction books. Mind you, I read quite a lot about the same subjects; fashion, history and murder. That’s my number one tip for you: read books about subjects you like! If you enjoy reading about the history of the dung-beetle, read a book about that! If you don’t, well then don’t, no matter how great other people tell you that book is. With that said, here’s a short list with my favourites!
Swimming in the Steno Pool by Lynn Peril
Lynn Peril is my favourite feminist history writer. If you want to learn more about how women came into the workforce, this is the book for you! Lynn Peril writes really funny, uses a lot of pictures and examples in her books, and is honest and to the point. I really wish she had written more books, because I’ve read them all now, and want more! If workforce history isn’t your thing, but are interested in her other books, you can also read Think Pink or College Girls, they are also feminist history books!
Dangerous Days in Ancient Egypt by Terry Deary
Terry Deary is my childhood hero. He is the writer of the Horrible Histories series, a history book series for children and I still read them as an adult. The Dangerous Days series is his adult version of the Horrible Histories series, which I was extremely excited about when I first discovered this in 2015. This book is funny, informative and just interesting! Terry Deary doesn’t shy away from the stupid jokes, the puns nor does he care about being too serious. History should be enjoyed, not boring! That’s what I like most about his writing. There are four books in the series, one about Elizabethan England, the Victorian railways and the Roman Empire, so if the Egyptians aren’t for you, maybe try out the other ones!
the Art of the English Murder by Lucy Worsley
I love, love, LOVE, detectives and murder stories. I got that from my mum, she is a big detective fan too. This book is a great one if you are just as obsessed with detectives as me. It talks about the birth of the sensation murder, about the detectives (though, warning! if you haven’t read some series to it’s fullest, you will be spoiled in this book!!) books and series and why we are so obsessed with murder. I read quite a lot of books on the subject and this is the only complete one I’ve read so far. I know this is a subject that not everyone is interested in, but this book is a really quick read and extremely interesting. Lucy Worsley writes books really funnily and it just makes you want to read more and more!
Goodnight stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
Maybe adult books aren’t your thing, that’s ok! There are tons of children’s books that are non-fiction too! No shame in that, folks! Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is the perfect non-fiction book if you want to learn more about the amazing women who made the world what it is today. You get to learn the most important things about these women, and if you want to read more, just look up more! This is a great book to start with non-fiction, as it doesn’t focus on one subject for too long. Better yet, if you have children in your life, you can read it together!
Audrey at Home by Luca Dotti
Psst, we tend to forget, but cookbooks are non-fiction too! I love Audrey Hepburn, and I love food, so I had to get this book! This is a perfect book if you want to learn more about Audrey Hepburn, and as it’s written by her son, I much rather read this than a book written by someone who hasn’t met her personally. A nice bonus is all the recipes throughout this book! They even mention a Dutch dish, which is one of my favourites, so that’s really interesting! It isn’t too big, but it’s a quick read.
Vintage Secrets: Hollywood Beauty by Laura Slater
This is a compact little book with lots of pictures about the beauty boom of the Golden Hollywood Era. It’s under 200 pages, but really informative if you want to get the basics! This is a great gateway into the history of beauty, it isn’t too in depth so if you are like me and all ready well read about the subject, you don’t need it. It was still a really fun, quick read and I do recommend it!
If all these books haven’t satisfied your cravings for non-fiction, I’ve got a whole page just for non-fiction books, you can check it out here! What are some of your favourite non-fiction books? 🙂