Hi everyone, Sabrina here! To get straight to the point: today I want to talk to you about some of the nonfiction books on my TBR list! As you may know, I’ve been challenging myself to read more from this category over the last couple of years, and it’s actually been going quite successfully. I’m definitely more picky when it comes to nonfiction compared to fiction, but because I have few to no qualms about DNFing, the books I’ve been reading all the way through are ones I’ve loved. I’m looking forward to reading much more nonfiction in the future, and today I’m going to tell you about 12 books. Let’s go!
Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig
I have been wanting to read this book for ages, ever since I heard Jen Campbell recommend it. She said it is the best book about disability and ableism that she has read so far (as of January 2021), so I have pretty high hopes for it! I’ve finally managed to get it out from my library and it’s sitting right here next to me, so fingers crossed that I break out of my current reading slump enough to get it read before I need to return it.
Conflict Is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman
The second book is also one I hope to be reading soon as it’s the July pick for Jess Owens’ book club, which I want to participate in! I’ve got this out on Libby, so now I just have to read it before the live show. I have to admit, I do question whether I will enjoy this one because judging by the synopsis, it could be too dry for my taste, but I’m excited to give it a go!
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
Just the name “John Green” really brings me back to a certain time in my life. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by him, but I did really love The Fault in Our Stars when I was a teen. I was also a casual viewer of his Youtube channel for a time, but again, it’s been a while since I’ve watched any of his videos. I have heard a lot of good things about this book too, so I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy it.
Who Gets to be Smart by Bri Lee
I’ve heard some great things about one of this author’s other books, Eggshell Skull, which I also hope to read in the future, however it does sound like something I will need to be in the right headspace to read. I’m thinking Who Gets to be Smart might not be as confronting (reviews indicate this is the case), plus it’s a more recent release, so that’s why I chose it for this post. I hope it’s a good one!
Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants by Elizabeth Dauncey and Sonny Larsson
I am always interested in finding out more about animals, plants and nature in general, so when I saw this book it quickly caught my eye. It sounds so good, just from the title, plus it includes illustrations and colour photos, so there’s a good chance this will be a winner for me. I love this cover too, which I think bodes well for the book’s contents.
One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter Scaachi Koul
Quite honestly, I have no idea what this book is about, lol, aside from being an essay collection. I know I have seen it recommended a few times – once, I thought, specifically to my Enneagram type (which is 6, in case you were wondering), but after thinking about it more, now I’m not so sure. Anyway, without knowing anything else, I can’t necessarily say I’m going to love this book, but I hope I’ll like it. From the title, it seems like it could go either way!
The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures by Noelle Stevenson
I think I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I am a huge fan of Nimona by this author, so of course I want to try out their nonfiction work. There are some good reviews out there from people I trust, plus others say this is a heartfelt and honest memoir. I’m interested to see if I will enjoy this, because though I assume the art style will be similar, I’m sure the memoir aspect will be more important to me while reading.
Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart
A while ago, I read a related book, Wicked Plants, by the same author and very much enjoyed it so I have similar expectations for this book. My only hesitation is that bugs have the potential to be very creepy and I’m concerned I may feel uncomfortable when I’m reading it, lol, especially considering the book is about the way bugs can hurt us, rather than any other facts about them. I’m sure it will be fine…right?
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Absolutely everyone raves about this book so I know that I have to give it a read at some point – hopefully sooner rather than later. I understand that it will be a difficult read but I’ve been assured that it is ultimately hopeful, so I think it will be a very impactful book. It also has maybe the highest average rating on Goodreads that I have ever seen of 4.72, and all the people I’m friends with (who have read it) have either given it 4 or 5 stars.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
This is another book that will be a difficult read, but I did read and appreciate Bad Feminist last month, so I am confident that it will be worth it – and perhaps less shocking, now that I know a little about the author’s life. Again, this book has very high ratings from my GR friends, so I don’t doubt that it will be high quality. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading this one soon!
Growing Up Disabled in Australia edited by Carly Findlay
I have heard a few people mention this book before, but I can’t remember what they said about it, to be honest. Either way, I am looking forward to reading this, especially as it is so focused on Australia. It includes work from more than 40 different people, so it will be interesting to read about that many experiences. I was also excited to find out by reading this synopsis that there are a few other books in this series, so I will have to look into them too.
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Frankly I have no idea when I found this book or what prompted me to add it to my TBR, but it’s there and now that I’ve read the synopsis, I can confirm that I’m interested! Whilst I have no interest in consuming true crime when it primarily concerns murder and sexual violence, the story of theft, especially on a grand scale, does intrigue me. So, I think I might enjoy this book!
What do you think?
Do you read a lot of nonfiction? What’s your favourite nonfiction book and what’s one that you want to read soon? Let me know!