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Reading Non-Fiction

One thing I’ve realised as I’ve gotten older is that I really don’t read all that much non-fiction. I read contemporary fiction, historical fiction, young adult, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and every other genre under the sun, but very rarely anything that can be classed as “true” non-fiction.

Recently (and by recently, I mean on Sunday), I reclaimed The God Delusion from my boyfriend, after I gifted it to him a fair few months ago. I’d started reading it before I gave it to him, but I never managed to finish it, so I’m hoping I can read it over my half-term holiday next week.

However, in addition to that, I have read a few non-fiction books over the past few years that I can definitely recommend to all of you, and please leave your own recommendations down in the comments so I can see what kind of non-fiction you like to read! And, if you don’t read non-fiction, why not?

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

The Beauty MythThe Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

a really interesting, surprisingly easy to read book! I would really recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about female representation in the media, or feminism in general. this was published a surprisingly long time ago (1990), but it still has plenty of relevance right now!

A book I read back in last November, this is a really good, very interesting feminist non-fiction work that really looks at women within the media, and in the workplace, in an equal sense. Maybe not the best place to start if you’re looking to start your feminist reading journey (mainly because some of the writing is a little convoluted), but it’s definitely a brilliant place to go once you’ve read around a little!

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I reviewed the fictional counterpart to this book here, but I never really went into my deeper thoughts surrounding this one. Basically, it was great, and I loved it, and it’s one of the best autobiographies I’ve read for a while!

Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted

Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before TedMad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this! As a relative newcomer to Plath (having only read ‘Crossing the Water’ and ‘Ariel’ before this), it gave a really good insight into what kind of a person she was and why she’s still a beloved writer to this day.

4 stars because it only went up to 1956, and that year was glossed over – it seemed like a rushed ending.

I just love Sylvia Plath, and my favourite poem by her is actually ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ so that just made me love this book even more. Definitely more a biography than a critical look at Plath, though.

The Hollow Crown by Dan Jones

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the TudorsThe Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I take Medieval History A-level, and I love love love this. It was recommended to me by my teacher last year, and I’ve never looked back. I even ended up buying my own copy. If you’re interested in The Wars of the Roses, then check it out!


And, just if you were interested at all, here are some of the non-fiction books that I’m planning to read in the near future! [all of the links are to goodreads]

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

What Matters In Jane Austen? by John Mullan

Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser


I am also currently reading Feel Free by Zadie Smith, which is a collection of essays by said author. I’m only 6% of the way through, according to my Kindle, but I’m really enjoying them so far, and I’ll be sure to review it here once it’s done!

Thank you for reading, and please let me know what non-fiction books you would like to read, or ones you want to recommend to me! They can be anything, I’m willing to give any type of non-fiction a good go!

4 thoughts on “Reading Non-Fiction”

  1. Even I don’t read all that much non-fiction . . . It took me 4 months to even realize sapiens was a nice book!
    The god delusion is on my TBR list, though. And I’ve added the Beauty myth their too😁
    Great post! I’ll check out all these non-fiction books (once my exams are over. They’re taking like FOREVER to come😂)

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    1. I’m really interested in Sapiens since I read your review, and yeah, I think non-fiction sometimes takes quite a while to fully process. The Beauty Myth is great, I really recommend it, The God Delusion has been recommended to me many times but it does have mixed reviews, I know. Let me know what you think! And good luck with your exams!

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