Non-Fiction Book Recommendations // Sprinkles of Dreams

Book Recommendations // Non-Fiction Literature

Hi, guys! 🌸
Welcome back to another post in which I scream about amazing books!

Before I get to the recommendations; some of you have noticed my absence here since last week, and I just wanted to let you know that I’m in fact on a little hiatus for personal reasons, but I miss you all a lot, and I hope you’re all well, and reading amazing books!

I hope I’ll be able to be more active again soon, reply to all of your comments and wonderful messages, and bless my eyes and mind with all of your guys’ amazing posts. ❤️

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It’s been quite some time since I last wrote a book recommendations blog post*, and I’m really excited about this one—not only because many of you have been asking for non-fiction recommendations, but also, because I’m always eager to bring more attention to books that don’t get as much as I feel they deserve.

*You can find my other book recommendation posts here!

I only consciously started reading more diversely in terms of genres a little over a year ago, but I’ve quickly found that I enjoy non-fiction immensely, so here are a few books in this genre that I would, without hesitation, recommend to everyone—and especially those who’d like to start getting into reading more non-fiction.

This post is dedicated to May (you know why! 💗) and everyone who left an comment on an earlier blog post of mine, saying that they’d love some non-fiction book recommendations—I hope you find some books that you like here!! 🤗

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Books I Love

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Book Cover

I will always do my best to spread more awareness about social issues, and feature books that have great feminist messages, and this books is one that I strongly encourage everyone to read at least once in their lives.

(It’s also the first book I ever posted a review of here on my blog!)

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
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Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter

Hamilton: The Revolution is mainly for everyone who loves Hamilton (the musical), but even if don’t (yet), it makes for a really great read, and it’s so, so inspiring.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

This book is one that would be shelved in the “self-help” section in bookstores, and I’ve noticed that, for some unknown reason, many people are very quick to dismiss them, and say things like “I don’t need these kinds of books” in a slightly derisive manner.

Regardless, I stumbled upon this book by accident, and, to be honest, only read it because I didn’t have any other books with me on my flight, but I was left in complete and utter awe by it; I highlighted so many paragraphs, and stopped to reflect on themand I still love to re-read them every once in a while, and remind myself not to take everything to heart so easily, and focus on the things that truly matter.

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memoirs & biographies // Sprinkles of Dreams
When Breat Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi        Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl        Hunger by Roxane Gay // Book Review Sprinkles of Dreams

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hunger by Roxane Gay ⭐⭐⭐½

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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie        Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge        Bad Feminist Essays by Roxane Gay

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay ⭐⭐⭐½

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The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon        The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data by Kevin D. Mitnick

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data by Kevin D. Mitnick ⭐⭐⭐½

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So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister by Anna Akana        How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

So Much I Want to Tell You by Anna Akana ⭐⭐⭐½
How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh ⭐⭐⭐

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Books I Can't Wait to ReadMemoirs/Biographies
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Essays/Writing
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Educational/Science
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Do you like to read non-fiction literature?
Are any of these books on your TBR?
What are some non-fiction books that you love?

(Let me know, if you want me to post reviews for any of these books! 💗)

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92 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Non-Fiction Literature”

      1. My favorite memoir is In My Skin by Kate Holden! It’s a memoir about a former heroin addict and her journey of addiction, working in a brothel, and recovery. So good.

        But, I usually read historical nonfiction. I love biographies! I read a nearly 1000 page book about Queen Elizabeth II’s mom this year.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, when you get to it, Satou! 🙂 I’ve been meaning to read Sapiens for a really long time now as well.

      & I’ve been really lucky with the feminist literature I’ve picked so far, the books I’ve read are all amazing. ☺️

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      1. I am so glad that it has been so good for you! I read a few feminist novels last year and a theory booklet that I love! and maybe I should go back!

        I read about Sapiens like little quotes and it was so good! I will see how it goes with the audiobook ❤ Thank you Lily for replying ❤

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        1. That is so nice of you, thank you!! And definitely, I learned so much about social issues in general by reading feminist books.

          Same, I’ll probably try the audiobook as well – I hope you enjoy it!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. 😊

          Of course!! I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time in the blogosphere lately, but I always love reading comments, and chatting with you! ❤

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  1. That’s a wonderful list.. so many for me to choose from 😊😊😊 Becoming is definitely the book on top of my TBR since the day it was announced 😃😃😃

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      1. You definitely did bring some wonderful books to my notice… 😊😊😊
        I’m sure Becoming is going to be huge… I’ve read a biography about her, but it’ll be wonderful to hear from her directly…

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  2. Love this list! Few of the books on here are already on my TBR and I’ve seen more I want to add! I’ve only really started reading non-fiction this year and one of my personal goals is to read more of them 😄

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  3. Love this post! Thank you for all of these recommendations, Lily! 😊💞 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck has been on my TBR for a while now, and I’m happy to hear that you liked it. We Should All Be Feminists is also on my TBR; it definitely sounds like an important book to read!

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  4. I hope you have been doing well, Lily, missed reading your blog posts and seeing you around here. I’m always here if you need or want to chat! ❤ ❤
    I love this post so very much – I don't read non-fiction usually, so I'm glad to have these suggestions if I ever want to broaden my horizons! The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck sounds really like a great book to read haha 🙂

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    1. You’re such an angel, Marie!! 💗 I hope you know how much I appreciate you, and your kindness! And I’ve missed you and your posts so much!! ❤

      The Subtle Art is such a great book, especially if you’re someone who’s quite sensitive, and always tries to make everyone happy (like I am) – I really hope you’ll find these books to be a good place to start, when you do decide to read (more) non-fiction. 🌸

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  5. I don’t normally read non-fiction (I usually prefer fiction) but I’ll probably give a few of these a try, perhaps “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” ….?

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    1. I know where you’re coming from & I felt the same way for a really long time!

      Depending on your personal interests, I’d pick a topic or a person (if you want to read biographies/memoirs) you’re interested in, but The Subtle Art is a great place to start for sure. 🙂

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    1. Ohh I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Erin!! ☺️💗

      I’ve been putting it off for a while, because I feel like it’s a book that needs more “focused” attention, so I’ll probably be reading it in smaller bits as well.

      Thanks so much for your input. 💞

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  6. I had no idea that Anna Akana wrote a book! Good list. Looking forward to exploring more in depth when I’m out of my fantasy book realm. Hahahaha. And I also heard good things about Mark Manson’s book – needs to be the first one on my list!

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    1. I only found by accident as well! I think it’s been a while since it came out now – she also wrote a shorter book/essay on how she coped after her sister’s suicide, and it’s been sitting on my TBR, waiting to be read. I’m always hesitant to read books “written” by YouTubers, but this one actually reads like she wrote it herself.

      I only read the one book of his that I recommended, but I’d love to read more of his works! And I’d love to hear what you think of it, when you read it, Lani! 🙂

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    1. I hope you enjoy them both, Sissi! ☺️💕

      Lilly Singh’s book is quite humorous and light, whereas When Breath Becomes Air is more serious, and somewhat deeper, but they’re both very worthwhile reads. I’d love to hear what you think, when you get around to reading them! 🙂

      And thank you so much!! 💖

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  7. Thank you so much for these recommendations! I don’t usually read non-fiction, but I know if I decide to I’ll be referring back to this post. 🙂
    I’ve missed seeing you & your posts around the blogosphere! I hope you’re doing well, and take your time on your hiatus, the blogosphere will be here whenever you return.💓

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  8. Omg yay lovely post! I recognize so many of the books on here, like Bad Feminist and We Should All Be Feminists and Hunger and Man’s Search for Meaning. When I was in high school I stuck with YA fiction mostly but ever since undergrad I’ve had a pretty even split between fiction and nonfiction, which has been great for me because both have so much to offer. My absolute favorite book is Appetites by Caroline Knapp (an amazing memoir), and I’d also recommend We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler and All About Love by bell hooks and The Will to Change by bell hooks. Also, so cool that you have Nicole Chung’s memoir on here, I can’t wait to read it. Excellent post, and glad to see books related to social justice on here. (:

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    1. Thank you so much, Thomas! ☺️

      I totally relate to not reading much (if any) non-fiction in high school – I randomly started reading more right after I graduated, and I’m so glad I did. Ahh they are all such amazing books, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed them as well! And I can’t wait to get to all of your recommendations. 🙂

      Thank you!! 💙

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  9. I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction, but I really haven’t got very far because I just don’t know where to start so this list is SUPER helpful! I’ve read Anna Akana’s book which I enjoyed, but I’d love to read the Bad Feminist novel!!

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    1. I’m so, so happy this list is helpful to you, Lara!! 💞

      I relate a lot to what you said – I almost “accidentally” started reading more non-fiction, and I had no idea what I was even doing at the beginning, haha. I’m so thankful I found great books that kept me wanting to read more.

      I hope you enjoy Bad Feminist when you get to it & other books you decide to pick up!! I’d love to hear how they work out for you. ☺️

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  10. I barely read nonfiction but your post has made me want to add more nonfiction books to my tbr. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck and Bad Feminist look really interesting. I tend to gravitate more towards fiction novels but the books you highlighted seem cool!

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    1. Yay, I’m so excited for you to read both of these books, Rachana!! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. 💕

      I feel like the more (great) non-fiction books I’ve read, the more I’ve come to love them (which sounded more like an epiphany in my head, haha) – but I had to “push” myself to read more non-fiction at the beginning, and now I really like balancing fiction and non-fiction. 🙂

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      1. Ohh okay! I think I know what you mean because I’ve been feeling the same way about reading more adult fiction this year. I used to avoid it because I didn’t think I’d enjoy it but like you said (with trying non fiction), after pushing myself to try more adult books, I fell in love with quite a few of them. I don’t know if I’ll ever achieve that balance though haha. I tend to stick with one genre for long chunks of time until I need a break!

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  11. Ohhh, I love this list so much!!! 💕 I adored Adichie’s books on feminism, she’s amazing and her writing is so powerful. I adored Women & Power (just finished it), it was great and very quick too. Bygone Badass Broads has beautiful illustrations and the way the tales are told is so entertaining, absolutely recommending both of them 💕
    Lovely post, Lily! 😘

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    1. Ahhh I’m honestly so happy you like it, thank you so, so much, Marta!! 💓

      YES, she has such a gift, I love her feminist works. I’m so glad you loved Women & Power (are you going to write a review for it?) and I’m even more excited to read BBB now. ☺️📚

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I hope you’re having a wonderful August! 💗

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  12. I absolutely loved We Should All Be Feminists. It’s a universal book that needs to be read by everyone. I think it’s an excellent introduction and quick clarification on the common misunderstood aspects of feminism which anti-feminists should definitely read about.
    Amazing recs, I am excited to read more feminist non-fiction literature & also, why I’m no longer talking about race to white people.

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