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My favorite non-fiction books (ft. some old instagram pictures)

As much as I love fiction books, I have a big place in my heart for non-fiction books. In this blog post I’ll be showing you my favorite non-fiction books!

Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig

The world is messing with our minds.

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.

– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
– How do we stay human in a technological world?
– How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies) – Scarlett Curtis

Everyone has a mental health. So we asked:

What does yours mean to you?


Over 70 people have shared their stories. Powerful, funny, moving, this book is here to tell you:

It’s OK.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Notes to Self – Emilie Pine

In this debut, Emilie Pine speaks to the events that have marked her life—those emotional disruptions for which our society has no adequate language, at once bittersweet, clandestine, and ordinary. She writes with radical honesty on the unspeakable grief of infertility, on caring for an alcoholic parent, on taboos around female bodies and female pain, on sexual violence and violence against the self. This is the story of one woman, and of all women.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

How Poetry Can Change Your Heart – Megan Falley & Andrea Gibson

Poetry can transform: How can a poem transform a life? Could poetry change the world? In How Poetry Can Change Your Heart, spoken-word stars Andrea Gibson and Megan Falley roll out the welcome mat and prove that poetry is for everyone.

• Whether lapsed poetry lovers, aspiring poets, or total novices, readers will learn to uncover verse in unexpected places, find their way through a poem when they don’t quite “get it,” and discover just how transformative poetry can be.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Harness the Power of the Invincible Mind – Alex Neumann

Alex Neumann makes wonderful guiding principles for anyone attempting to create a productive and satisfying life. He reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of happiness and create needless suffering.

These incredibly profound, yet simple and practical teachings will inspire you to a grand new level of life clarity, confidence, purpose, and passion. An inspiring and practical roadmap with many great lessons to self-upliftment and to fulfill your dreams

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Girl Up – Laura Bates

They told you you need to be thin and beautiful. They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels. They told you ‘that’s not for girls’ – ‘take it as a compliment’ – ‘don’t rock the boat’ – ‘that’ll go straight to your hips’. They told you ‘beauty is on the inside’, but you knew they didn’t really mean it. Well screw that. I’m here to tell you something else.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Reasons To Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn’t, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression. It’s also an upbeat, joyous and very funny exploration of how live better, love better, read better and feel more.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) – Scarlett Curtis

Feminism has never been more deeply and widely embraced and discussed, but what exactly does the F word mean?

Every woman has a different route to their personal understanding of feminism. This empowering collection shows how a diverse group of women found their voice, and it will inspire others to do the same. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

These eight books literally own my heart and I return to them once every few months because they really inspire and move me.

Have you read any of these books? If yes, what did you think of them?

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8 thoughts on “My favorite non-fiction books (ft. some old instagram pictures)

  1. I love love LOVE this list! I’ve made a goal this year to read 2 nonfiction books per month. It’s not much but I’m just trying to get into it slowly. And I’ve been wanting to read more about mental health and feminism, so thanks for the recs! Just added a bunch of these to my TBR 🙂

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  2. I rarely read non-fiction books but I’m really interested in Notes on a Nervous Planet and Feminists Don’t Wear Pink! Thank you for sharing this list!

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