It’s week three of Non-Fiction November! This week’s prompt is hosted by Katie @ DoingDewey and is Be the Expert / Ask the Expert / Become the Expert. There are three ways this prompt can be approached: You can Be the Expert by recommending three books you’ve read on a specific topic; you can put a call out, so Ask the Expert, for recommendations for books on a topic; or you can attempt to Become the Expert by creating a TBR for a topic you want to learn more about.
For the first week of Non-Fiction November, I’m reflecting on my non-fiction reads of 2019. I mentioned last week that I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction since finishing university, and one of my 2019 goals was to read at least one non-fiction book a month. This week’s Non-Fiction November post prompt will be a good chance for me to reflect on that and see how I’ve been doing.
Since leaving university last summer, I’ve made a conscious effort to include more non-fiction in my reading. I think I’ve been doing pretty well so far, so what better way to review my non-fiction habits than by taking part in Non-Fiction November!
Hanne Blank looks at the invention of heterosexuality and what is has meant for society throughout history. Though existing for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 1860s that heterosexuality first ‘made a name for itself’. Blank examines how the creation of this label has shaped politics, culture, and media, as well as our personal lives.
Jeanne Marie Laskas gains unprecedented access to the mail room of the White House during the Obama Administration. What she finds is a hardworking group, made up mostly of volunteers, sorting through thousands upon thousands of letters from everyday Americans to the President of the United States. It’s the task of these mail room workers to sort, file, and pass on all of these letters. But ten letters a day find their way into the hands of Barack Obama. And some of those letters get a response.
Adapted from the viral blog post of the same name, Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race uncovers the often unmentioned history of race in Britain, and how relations stand today. She explores the issue from all angles, and this award-winning book has sparked conversations on what it means to be a person of colour in the UK in the twenty-first century. This is a topic which too often goes unspoken of and is relegated to history, but Reni Eddo-Lodge uses her work to show that an open dialogue on race is still incredibly important, now more so than ever.
Drawing on her personal experiences of growing up fat and constantly dieting, Virgie Tovar teaches others to reject that same mindset. She discusses diet culture, fat phobia, sexist fashion and more, arguing that we must unlearn what society has taught us since childhood in order to embrace our bodies, and to learn that it is fine to be fat.
I decided to do BiancaReads’ Sims-themed readathon – Sims-a-thon – this month, and had so much fun picking books for the prompts and collecting points for each read! It seems like it came at a perfect time too, as the latest Sims 4 expansion pack, Island Living, came out at the end of June. You can see my original TBR post here, which also explains all about how the readathon works. I obviously didn’t stick to my original reading plan, because when do I ever? But here’s what I did read, and how many points those books got me!
Kayleen Schaefer’s debut takes a personal and sociological look at the way friendships between women have developed throughout history, to become more nuanced and intimate than ever. Drawing on personal experience and interviews with friends, celebrities, writers, and historians, Schaefer renders a touching account of the importance of friendship in strengthening and supporting our life experiences.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was only the second woman to sit on the Supreme Court bench, nominated in 1993. Initially considered a moderate, RBG has now become an internet phenomenon as her lawyerly prowess has impressed and inspired thousands of young feminists. Borne out of the original Tumblr blog of the same name, Notorious RBG uses interviews with family, friends, clerks and Ginsburg herself to draw an honest, intimate, and entertaining portrait of a Justice that has devoted her career to making the world a better place.