top 5 recommendation | nonfiction november

It’s November, so you know what that means – time to break out the nonfiction! Nonfiction is actually my second most read genre, behind YA contemporary. I love reading a memoir, and I’ve been gradually becoming more interested in historical topics, too. So, here are some of my favourite nonfiction books – all of which I’ve read this year!

  1. How To Be Autistic by Charlotte Amelia Poe – This is a super underrated memoir about Charlotte, who is a nonbinary and autistic person. In this collection of essays she talks about being diagnosed with autism, and how long she struggled to get this diagnosis due to not being male. The essays also touch on art, sexuality, and body modifications such as tattoos. I actually reviewed this book for Diva magazine, and my review should be published soon!
  2. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo – I’m sure that a lot of you have heard of this book. Lisa Taddeo is a journalist who has followed and interviewed three women for eight years: Lina, Maggie and Sloane. I think that each of the women have interesting facets to them, but it was Maggie that I really connected with, as she was the youngest of the three, and I could personally connect with her lived experiences. It’s a bit of an undefinable book – I don’t know why it was so fascinating to me. I can just say that it was.
  3. Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was A Girl by Jeannie Vanasco – This is a suckerpunch of a book. The author reconnects with a man who sexually assaulted her when they were young. She interviews him, and asks him why he did it, and what he feels now. This is a book that I didn’t know that I needed. It gave me so much catharsis, and I thought that Vanasco’s analysis of the decisions she makes and her own feelings really help with that. You can read my review here. Please make sure to read the trigger warnings.
  4. The Five by Hallie Rubenhold – This is a perfect book for people who are interested in history and true crime. It looks at the lives of five of the women who were murdered by Jack the Ripper. Rubenhold quickly breaks down the idea that they were all prostitutes, and instead takes a deep dive into their lives, and explains why they might have been walking the streets on the nights of their murders. It is extremely approachable, and the way that it was written really shows the respect that Rubenhold has for the five women.
  5. Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem – Finally, this is a fantastic book all about mudlarking – aka looking on the banks of the Thames for historical artifacts. I love the way that the author meanders through history the way that the Thames meanders through London. She goes from one end of the river to the other, talking about her finds in each area, and what it says about the history of London. I really want to try mudlarking now!


5 nonfiction books that I would like to read include:

  1. The Ghost: A Cultural History
  2. Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim
  3. Heavy
  4. Underland
  5. The Glass Eye

Let me know if you have any nonfiction recommendations!

5 thoughts on “top 5 recommendation | nonfiction november

  1. whatsnonfiction says:

    The Five was one of my favorites this year, and I highly recommend Underland, it was fantastic. I want to read Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl, it sounds tough but important. I’m glad you liked Three Women so much, I thought it was really readable but I had so many issues with it. I did think Maggie’s was the most interesting story by far!


    1. whatthelog says:

      I heard about Underland because of you!! And Things We Didn’t Talk About is truly fantastic, I need to get myself a hard copy to treasure.

      Ah, interesting! What issues did you have with it, out of curiosity?

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      1. whatsnonfiction says:

        I’m glad I could put Underland on your radar!! I hope you like it, excited to hear what you think of it!

        I had a lot of issues with Three Women. The metaphors always pulled me out of what I was reading (wine like cool sneezes is one that haunts me) and the stories felt so overwhelmingly sad to me, there wasn’t anything celebratory or even really happy in their experiences. It made me hurt for them. Plus it felt lacking in context, she observed but didn’t provide much information outside these portraits. At the same time I can see why it would especially appeal when you had a connection to their experiences, that seems key in being able to appreciate a lot of it. In any case I think I’m in the minority and a lot of people really enjoyed it!


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