Non-Fiction November Reading Recommendations

Non-Fiction November

Non-Fiction November Reading Recommendations

November is Non-Fiction month, and the perfect time to take a look at your TBR and add some amazing Non-Fiction reads!  They’re amazing, don’t you know.

Here are some of my Non-Fiction book recommendations.

This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

I recently read this book and was totally engrossed by it. I was also grossed out by it. An unflinchingly honest account of life as a junior doctor in the NHS. If you’re thinking Holby City glamour and megabucks you are so far from the truth. This has got to be the worst job in the world, even if those that do it also secretly love it. Equal parts hilarious to terrifying, this is an awesome read for November!

Girls Will be Girls by Emer O’Toole

I read this book last year and really enjoyed it. Told from the perspective of one woman and her attempts to change the rules of gender, it reads like an academic text mixed with extreme humour. It’s a fascinating read and will make you question why we women have to shave all the time and wear certain clothes whilst men get to wear other types for the exact same activities. For some more feminist reading recommendations check out my previous post here. 

My Shitty Twenties: A Memoir by Emily Morris

I am currently reading this and really enjoying it. When Emily was 22 she got pregnant. The bloke wasn’t interested, she was living in a house share and attending university whilst working part-time in a call centre. Not exactly ideal situations to suddenly become a mum. It’s funny, moving and incredibly honest. Well worth a read at only 99p! For some more female memoirs check out my previous posts here.

How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis

If you’re interested in literature, as I am, you might enjoy this wonderful book of heroine comparisons. Written by Samantha Ellis, who also wrote the wonderful Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life comes a non-fiction book all about literary heroines. Comparing a variety of heroines and her own personal reading growth this is a light read for book fans.

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

The first book I read this year and one I thoroughly enjoyed. Written like a novel, yet actually, non-fiction, tells the story of Joanna after she got a job at a literary agency in New York in the 1990s. Working with none other than J.D. Salinger, the famously private author of The Catcher in the Rye. For anyone starting a job in publishing, this will be very interesting.

Ctrl, Alt, Delete: How I Grew Up Online by Emma Gannon

Another personal favourite. I highly recommend you listen to the audiobook of this wonderful memoir by Emma Gannon, the podcaster behind Ctrl Alt Delete. She examines her childhood, being raised as one of the first generation of internet and technological users. It’s part-memoir and part analysis which is incredibly easy to read/listen too and would appeal to the younger generations growing up with social media.

Still Foolin’Em by Billy Crystal

Another audiobook I would highly recommend. I love Billy Crystal and have done ever since I saw The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally. He’s a hilarious comedian, commentator, actor and avid baseball fan. It’s only short but incredibly moving and tear-inducingly funny. The perfect memoir to get to over the bleaker autumn months.

How to be a Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan

For anyone in the same situation as me — in their 20s and newly moved out — this is a great read. A funny, honest account of the troubles of growing up and what to expect. It’s not what you’ll expect.

There are loads of AWESOME Non-Fiction books out there, not just school texts and biographies. Let me know what books you’ll be reading over Non-Fiction November. I’d love to hear!

Happy Reading!

Love Ellie x

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