Book Recs — 5 Books for Non-Fiction November

Hello to all!

I’m hopping in that Non-Fiction November train because, to be honest, I needed an idea for a post since I’ve been slacking lately but also I haven’t posted about non-fiction on my blog yet and I think it’s the best time to change that!

So, I have some, pretty varied in my opinion, non-fiction recommendations for you!

πŸ“š Why Evolution Is True
by Jerry A. Coyne

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SCIENCE || BIOLOGY || HISTORY

“Weaving together and explaining the latest discoveries and ideas from many disparate areas of modern science, this succinct and important book explains the truth about, and the beauty of, evolution.”

Coyne explains various aspects of evolution in an easy and approachable way while eliminating the most popular counterarguments against it. To be honest, I was sure everyone was aware that evolution is in fact very real and true so it was a big surprise to me there are still people who don’t believe in it but it’s a great book if you’re interested in biology and the history of our world.



πŸ“š Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

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LANGUAGE || WRITING

“Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for all writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether they are newcomers or old hands, students or instructors, amateurs or professionals. As the always clear and direct Stein explains here, “This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions–how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place.” With examples from bestsellers as well as from students’ drafts, Stein offers detailed sections on characterization, dialogue, pacing, flashbacks, trimming away flabby wording, the so-called “triage” method of revision, using the techniques of fiction to enliven nonfiction, and more.”

Apart the Non-fiction November we also have NaNoWriMo this month and after you write your novel you’ll need to EDIT IT. Sol Stein will help you with that. He gives practical advice on various aspects of the novel — how to quicken the pace of your novel, how to write better dialogue, etc… — along with examples and his experiences. 



πŸ“š The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth

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LANGUAGE || LINGUISTICS || HISTORY

“The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth’s Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It’s an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.”

The Etymologicon is a great choice if you don’t have much time for reading or you can’t focus for longer periods of time on non-fiction. Each ‘chapter’ here is 1-2 pages long and tells a history of various English words. I was reading it between lectures at uni when I had no energy for anything else. It’s short. It’s funny. It’s informative.



πŸ“š Queer, There and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

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History || LGBTQ || BIOGRAPHY

“World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individualsβ€”and you’ve never heard of many of them.

Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.”

When I was younger I hated history. Turns out I was just tired with hearing about a bunch white straight cis men rulling and messing up the world. (And I was bad at memorising all the dates and names but that’s another story.) So if you want to learn more about queer people this book is a great start! 



πŸ“š The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future by Alexandra Brodsky, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, S.E. Smith

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FEMINISM || ESSAYS || ANTHOLOGIES

“What do we want?

In this groundbreaking collection, more than fifty cutting-edge voices, including Melissa Harris-Perry, Janet Mock, Sheila Heti, and Mia McKenzie, invite us to imagine a truly feminist world. An abortion provider reinvents birth control, Sheila Bapat envisions an economy that values domestic work, a teenage rock band dreams up a new way to make music, Katherine Cross rewrites the Constitution, and Maya Dusenbery resets the standard for good sex. Combining essays, interviews, poetry, illustrations, and short stories, The Feminist Utopia Project challenges the status quo that accepts inequality and violence as a givenβ€”and inspires us to demand a radically better future.”

Do you ever wonder what the perfect world would be like? This books provides 57 of those worlds and each is different but they still have some common aspects: compassion, understanding, celebration of differences. Daydreaming may not seem like the most important thing right now but if we want to better the world we need to know where we’re going and what’s our goal and this book is a great way to explore that.



LET’S TALK


  • Have you read any of those?
  • Are you planning to?
  • What Non-Fiction books do you recommend?

–E.

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18 thoughts on “Book Recs — 5 Books for Non-Fiction November

  1. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. I have started reading some lately, tho.
    I loved your recommendations. I would definitely love to read Queer, There and Everywhere and The Feminist Utopia Project. Just added these two to my super long TBR pile. Amazing post! πŸ’“

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  2. I definitely don’t read as much non-fiction as I should. I feel like there’s so much choice and I never quite know where to start. I love learning the etymology of words so The Etymologicon is now on my TBR!
    The Feminist Utopia Project seems like it would be a perfect read for one of my University Classes, I’ll keep an eye out for it!

    Amazing post, thank you so much for your recommendations!

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    1. Yeah, me too! I always want to but then I start another fantasy or something lol.
      The Etymologicon was amazing! It’s great for those moments you have a few minutes but it’s not enough to start something.

      Thank you! ❀

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  3. I’ve never heard of any of these before but I’m really digging the sound of Etymologicon (my tongue is trippin’) and Queer, There and Eveywhere! I love the sound of the short chapters on the former and I love the sound of everything in the latter. Defo going on my TBR 😍 Wonderful recs, E!

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    1. Yes! The short chapters are so important with busy schedules!! And it’s written like a blog post not encyclopedia entry too so it’s not just an info dump!
      Both of those were super interesting! I hope you have fun reading them πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Dini! ❀

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  4. I wasnt going to read any non-fics this month but damn this list makes me want to! 😍😍 I mean JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER OF Why Evolution is True!! 😍😍😍 And its premise as well! INTRIGUEDD!! 😍😍

    And The Etymologicon (did I spell that right? 🀣) SOUNDS VERYY INTERESTING AS WELL!

    Not to mention Queer, There, Everywhere! WHAT AN TITLE! 🀣🀣❀️❀️😍😍

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    1. Yes! I read the Polish translation and the cover was wayy more boring but I liked how it wasn’t just facts but kind of an essay style so after the information it was explained why this information is a valid proof of evolution? Kept things in a checkmate way and I love petty lol

      Ahh… No worries, I still don’t know how to spell it but it’s SUPER INTERESTING. And it’s also written in a funny way as it was formerly a blog project, I think?

      Yes!! I love queer history!

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    1. I have to admitt that I’ve never read true crime in my life! I just feel weird about giving attention to the murderers and stuff, like it would be something they wanted? IDK. It’s my personal distaste. Also, I’m too chicken for that anyway πŸ˜“πŸ˜“

      One of them is pretty much history, just with focus on certain people?? So, maybe you would enjoy that πŸ™‚

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  5. I haven’t read any of these. I’m not really a big fan on anything nonfiction. If I was to read any non ficition it would be about paranormal stuff.

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    1. Paranormal non-fiction is definitely something I would give a try! ✌😁
      I don’t read non-fiction that often anyways and it always takes me AGES to get through it πŸ˜…πŸ™ƒ

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