5 Short Non-Fiction Recommendations

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In which Nicola shares some non-fiction gems. All of these are non-fiction books that I love and they’re all around 100-200 pages, so they’re perfect to ease you …



  1. Loved this video! I'm trying to read more non-fiction and this was really helpful Definitely want to get my hands on the Murakami as I'm also in a bit of a dalliance with running at the moment… x

  2. I really want to read Travels With Charley! It sounds great! I'll also be picking up On The Shortness of Life!

  3. I have a couple of nonfiction recommendations: feminist theory from margin to centre by bell hooks, a small place by Jamaica Kincaid, ex Libris by Anne Fadiman, and Country of My Skull by Antje Krog! They are all quite different and I'm not sure if you've read any of them!

  4. Two more favourites: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell and King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild!

  5. Lia Books says:

    This is perfect! Non-fiction is honestly my least read genre, so this is refreshing – short reads to ease me into them 🙂 great video. The first book sounds especially interesting

  6. yerfillag says:

    I've been unlucky with the last few non-fiction books I picked up but I'll definitely check those books out and hopefully get back into reading that genre!

  7. Travels with C is in my distant TBR when I finally make it through other Steinbeck novels that I already feel bad about not having read. Grahhhhh. Too many.

    Reaaaaaad Dr Mr. You! X

  8. Oh, this is wonderful! I love to pepper non-fiction into my other reading as I go along so this is a handy list of recommendations for me to keep on hand. I'm not a runner, but I love reading about that kind of goat setting and discipline so Murakami might be the first one I get to. 🙂

  9. mahdi gasmi says:

    awesome recommendations! thank you! 😁

  10. Oscar Wao says:

    Great collection. You've definitely inspired me to finally pick up the Diving Bell. Didn't know it was non-fiction and so short!

  11. Lydia Holmes says:

    I've started reading non-fiction in the last year or so and I love it. I do find non-fiction easier to listen to as audiobooks than to read.

    I loved Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou, which is a super compassionate bunch of essays where she talks about life and love and everything in between.

    I loved Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which is a bold, raw, super poetic book talking about race and politics in America. It's addressed to his son and was really powerful and beautiful to listen to.

    I also loved Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit. It's so cool to have a third wave feminist book that's so well-written and so well-researched. It felt modern and relevant to me, which was really cool.

    Ah, now that I've fallen in love with non fiction I think there'll be no going back. c:

  12. I clicked Like just after two sentence. You didn't disappoint later on. Great selection of a very good idea. Need to pick up a few of them especially Seneca

  13. Great list, thank you for the rec's! I definitely want to check out the Charing Cross Road & the Murakami. And also two recommendations (not sure, though, you might have read them already): Bryan Stevenson, "Just Mercy". it's a fantastic book about Stevenson's work as a public defender & a grim view on the American criminal justice system. And Ron Jonson, "So, you have been publicly shamed". About shaming, particularly on social media and the impact it has for the shamed and the shamee. Very interesting!

  14. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly sounds amazing – but, seriously, how LONG must it have taken to blink write a whole book? And the editing?? also, I have been wanting to read a Murakami book for a while – WITAWITAR might be the one to go with!

  15. Travels With Charley is one of the Steinbeck books I've always wanted to read and have never got around to. I'm happy to hear it's on your recommends list. Two of my recent favorite non-fiction books are The Empathy Exams and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015. Thanks for the video!

  16. Travels with Charley is one I definitely want to get my hands on, as well as On the Shortness of Life. All of your picks sound great, but those two are high up on my list. Great video 🙂

  17. Jakob Tanner says:

    Fantastic video! You've made me really inspired to go read more non-fiction. I've been meaning to read 84 Charing Cross Road forever. I will pick it up soon! p.s. I had a pen pal that lasted maybe two letters as a kid… :S

  18. 1book1review says:

    You just made me break my book buying ban – ordered On the Shortness of Life. It sounds like exactly the book I need right now. So many things going through my mind, lol.

  19. Really great recommendations! I hadn't heard of the first one but the backstory totally sold me on it. 84 Charing Cross Rd is one of my favorites already. 🙂

  20. Neat! Not a big non-fiction reader myself. With all the uni reading I enjoy reading fiction during my free time a lot more. But it's nice to have some recommendations and they do sound very promising.

  21. chboskyy says:

    Great recommendations! I've read Bauby and Hanff, but really wanna get to the others now, especially the Murakami and Seneca!

  22. Leanne Rose says:

    I definitely want to read more non-fiction so thank you for all these recommendations! 🙂

  23. Kathleen Ann says:

    Great suggestions for non fiction reads. I've read Travels With Charley but hearing you talk about it makes me want to reread it.😀

  24. i absolutely loved Travels with Charley. almost enjoyed it more than his fiction ha.

  25. Ah love John Steinbeck, will have a read of that, thanks!

  26. I am a little late watching this, but I read 84, Charring Road and loved it. The Murakami book is on TBR for June. Great video.

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