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FIVE on FRIDAY: Best Non-Fiction Books I Have Read

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I love this subject. I love a good non-fiction book. I don’t read enought of them, but I do really like them! I tend to love books about

So I wanted to share a few of my favourites. A couple I mentioned in an earlier post this week, but they are two of my very favourite books.

1. The Choice (Dr Edith Eger)

I am not one for WWII stories, but the cover of this book intrigued me enough to make me request it via NetGalley and it turned out to be the most beautiful, horrific, inspiring book I think I have ever read. This is the story of a young Jewish girl who survived the concentration camps and became a psychologist who heals others. It is a gorgeous gorgeously written book, but some of the events described will break your heart many times over.

2. Our Native Bees (Paige Embry)

I loved this book so much. This is about bees in the US and it looks at whether native bees would be able to do the job of the honeybee. The answers may surprise you and the way the author goes about it is just wonderful. You feel like you are learning with her in a light hearted fascinating way. I absolutely loved this one. The perfect book for learning a bit more about bees without ever getting too scientific.

3. I, The Aboriginal (Douglas Lockwood)

I love reading about different cultures and it is something I should do more often. But I have always had a fascination for Aboriginal culture in particular. This book really surprised me. I never expected to love it as much as I did, but I loved seeing the world from an aboriginal man’s point of view. It was written in the 60s and is a book of its time, but I felt I learned so much from reading it.

4. The Otters’ Tale (Simon Cooper)

I loved the way Cooper managed to interweave fiction with non-fiction as he told the tale of the otters that roamed around his property. He brough them to life so wonderfully. I love nature non-fiction and this one was up there. I loved it.

5. To The Promised Land (Michael K Honey)

This book was an eye opener, talking about a period in American history I knew very little about. It looks at Martin Luther King and the way he fought for civil rights and economic justice for not just the black population, but everyone who did not have a voice that was heard. It was an extremely interesting read and very educational.


As a bonus, 5 non-fiction books that are on my immediate TBR:

1. Centaur (Declan Murphy/Ami Rao) – Declan Murphy was a jockey that should have died when he shattered his skull after a fall. This is his story.

2. Foxes Unearthed (Lucy Jones) – I have been meaning to read this book about foxes for way too long! It looks very autumnal with its orange cover. Maybe next month?

3. Meadowland (John Lewis-Stempel) – Another book about nature, this time about a field, in England somewhere. Sounds great!

4. Anne of Cleves (Sarah-Beth Watkins) – I read Watkins other book about Margaret Tudor and really liked it and the publisher offered this one to me as well. I love reading about the Tudor period and Anne of Cleves is a pretty interesting subject, so I am really looking forward to reading this one!

5. Wilding (Isabella Tree) – One of my most recent purchases, this book tells the story of how a pair of farmers decide to let nature take its course on their land. This one sounds right up my street!


What are your non-fiction faves? Please participate if you feel like it! 🙂


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