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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- That Was When People Started to Worry by Nancy Tucker
- Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay
- Trans Britain: Our Journey from the Shadows edited by Christine Burns
- Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
- 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!