In the Mood for Nonfiction

I don’t know what’s come over me, but lately I’ve been in the mood for nonfiction! I’m usually the kind of person who gets really ambitious and puts holds on all kinds of nonfiction titles that I think I’m interested in, and then when I get them they fall to the wayside in favour of all the juicy fiction titles competing for my attention.

Lately, no so much.

Here are a few nonfiction titles I have actually picked up, read, AND FINISHED(!) in the last few months:

AllJoyNoFunAll Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, by Jennifer Senior

A fascinating sociological look at the effects of parenting (i.e. being a parent) on individuals. Even though I’m not a mom yet, I found this book extremely useful in contemplating the realities of modern-day parenthood. I would recommend this book to anyone, including non-parents. After all, we all have parents, and most of us have friends or family members who are parents, and this book will help you understand why they complain, as well as gush, so much.

HyperboleHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh

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A hilarious and often very touching graphic memoir. I especially loved the stories about her experiences with depression and anxiety.


HowPoetryHow Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir, by Amber Dawn

This is a must-read memoir by a local Vancouverite for anyone interested in feminism, LGBTQ issues and sex workers’ rights, as well as being a vivid portrait of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in the last 20 years.

ShortHistoryA Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

Okay, so I haven’t quite finished this one yet. But I will, I promise! Inspired by the new Fox TV show, Cosmos, hosted by the delightful Neil deGrasse Tyson, I decided to delve a bit further into the scientific concepts I still felt fuzzy on. I couldn’t ask for a better tour guide than the funny and humane Bill Bryson. I feel so smart every time I pick this book up!

SmallMobeSmall Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently, by Caroline L. Arnold

A game changer in the self-help world. This book is all about how to make manageable “micro-resolutions” targeting specific behaviors and activities to create incremental, lasting change in every life department, from health to finances to organization and more.

What nonfiction has hooked you lately?



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