Non-fiction recommendations!

Happy Monday, everyone! Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic.

In the spirit of Non-fiction November, I’m giving some non-fiction recommendations! I did some recommendations for people wanting to try non-fiction a while ago, which you can read here.

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Educated by Tara Westover: if you somehow haven’t read Educated yet, I would definitely recommend it. Westover grew up in an abusive, survivalist family and this is her memoir of getting an education. It’s super interesting and really well-written.

A Mind Spread out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott: these is by far the best non-fiction I have ever read. If you only read one book from this list, please let it be this one. Elliott is an Indigenous woman, and this essay collection covers everything from being an Indigenous woman to mental health to photography to food deserts. I cannot recommend it enough, please read it.

P.S. I Still Hate It Here: More Kids’ Letters From Camp by Diana Falanga: okay this is a dumb one but I still wanted to mention it. Essentially, it’s a collection of letters from kids who are unhappy at camp. My friend found it literally on the side of the road and took it home, and we do drunk dramatic readings of it sometimes. 10/10 would recommend for that purpose alone.

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The Measure of My Powers by Jackie Kai Ellis: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway a couple of years ago! It’s a super gorgeous book with a lot of delicious-sounding recipes. It’s not necessarily hard-hitting non-fiction, but it’s a quick, interesting read. It’s also a good book to give as a gift because it’s a physically gorgeous book.

I mean look at how pretty it is!

Columbine by Dave Cullen: if you’re a true crime fan, these next two are for you. This book is an in-depth look at the Columbine shootings. It was incredibly well-researched and Cullen does a great job presenting everything in a facts-forward way.

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard: this is the memoir of Jaycee-Lee Dugard who was kidnapped and held hostage for 17 (I think) years. It’s super interesting to see her perspective and insights. It’s not an incredibly well-written, poignant book or anything. It reads fairly childish at times. But it’s really interesting nonetheless. She talks a bit about her recovery and therapy at the end, which I really enjoyed and appreciated.

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So those are some non-fiction books I recommend! Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!

Ally xx

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9 thoughts on “Non-fiction recommendations!

  1. I love sprinkling non-fiction into my regular slew of fantasy and scifi!!!! Some of my faves:
    The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht. This had me laughing so hard I was actually crying. Its a quick read but absolutely HILARIOUS.
    Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. This is the book they based the movie on, and it is SOOOO well done. You don’t even need to love horses/racing to enjoy this (although I do).

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    1. Ummm the title The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America alone is enough to get me to read it! That sounds amazing and hilarious.

      Yes, I’ve been meaning to read Seabiscuit for the longest time! I am the biggest Horse Girl so I appreciate a good horse story


  2. This year I decided I needed to broaden my reading horizons and read at least one non-fiction book. Well the year is almost over and I’ve finally gotten around to picking up Julie Andrews’ new memoir; Home Work.

    So far it’s been a fantastic read – I’ve been dragging it out for as long as I can because I don’t want it to end! Julie Andrews has been a huge part of my childhood and she’s such a Hollywood icon. That and the fact that learning all the behind the scenes tidbits from Mary Poppins and the Sound of Music is the best thing ever.

    I’d highly recommend it! Good luck with you non-fiction month, much love ❤

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