top 5 recommendation | nonfiction

Hiya! I really enjoyed the response I got from my first top 5 recommendation list (of bisexual books) so I thought I would do another one. While I’m still firmly a lover of YA, I thought I would try and move away from it more often to talk about some of my other favourites. So today we’re talking about some of my top 5 nonfiction books!

  1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

    I obviously had to put this one first. I learned so much from this book. It discusses all sorts of issues, from the history of black people in Britain to discussions of feminism and intersectionality. I need to re-read this book again sometime soon, because there is so much to unpack from it. The hype for this one is real.

  2. The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

    Closely following in second place is The Good Immigrant. This was the first book I read in 2017 and oh MAN was it amazing. This is an essay collection that collates many British POCs experiences into one incredible volume. There has been nothing but praise for this collection, and with good reason. It’s another one I need to re-read.

  3. Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

    Rebecca Solnit is a historian, writer, and activist. And like her, this collection of essays is many things – historical text, philosophical treatise, and a call to action in times of great uncertainty. Although I don’t quite understand all of it, it is a glimmer of hope in this current political and economic climate. It is the book that we need.

  4. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

    This is the story of Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the creators of the #blacklivesmatter movement. I honestly have no words to describe how I feel about this book. I knew nothing, absolutely nothing about what it means to be black in America, and the violence that is often perpetrated against black Americans. If you want to understand the background of the #blacklivesmatter movement, you need to read this book.

  5. Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? by Katrine Kelos

    Ok so this is probably cheating a bit, because I was only able to read half of this book (I lost it whilst halfway through). However, the half I did read was fascinating. I know next to nothing about economics, but this was so easy to get my head around, and revealed such interesting facts about sexism within economics.

And for some books that I’m really looking forward to:

  1. That Was When People Started to Worry by Nancy Tucker
  2. Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay
  3. Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows edited by Christine Burns
  4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
  5. Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic edited by Lynn Gaspard

What are some of your favourite nonfiction? Let me know! I’m thinking about doing a whole month solely dedicated to nonfiction – November, perhaps!

7 thoughts on “top 5 recommendation | nonfiction

  1. Grab the Lapels says:

    I think there a number of older nonfiction books that demonstrate how we got where we are today in the United States (and provide context for the newer books you’ve included on your list). I think a lot of young activists today look to the new nonfiction texts coming out, but it’s even more important to go back I’d recommend texts like:

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    The Autobiography of Anne Moody
    Assata: An Autobiography
    Angela Davis: An Autobiography
    Selected Writings and Speeches by Marcus Garvey
    Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    Black Boy by Richard Wright
    Black Slave Narratives, ed. by John F. Bayliss
    Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr
    The End of White World Supremacy by Malcolm X


    1. whatthelog says:

      You’re so right. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only read one book on that list, which is Assata: An Autobiography. I should pick up more older nonfiction, for sure!


    1. whatthelog says:

      I just read Not That Bad and oh my goodness, it was incredible. Obviously all the trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault, but it was just such a needed and timely book. Hunger is also amazing.


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