If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that the majority of books I read are fiction. I just love a good story! But I do enjoy nonfiction, especially when it is well written or is about a subject I find to be particularly interesting.
Today I want to mention some nonfiction books that have stayed with me over time. There is some variety within this list, but it does show some patterns in my own reading taste, with a couple books focused on sleep and more memoirs than I first thought would make the cut.
Ready to see the list?
Tuesdays with Morrie is an inspirational memoir of Mitch Albom’s time with his college professor and mentor Morrie Schwartz. It’s message is simple: life is short, make the most of it. Some readers may find this book to be too saccharine for their taste, but I found it to be incredibly moving and motivational.
Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired analyzes the science of sleep patterns and our highly individualized biological clocks that regulate so many of our bodily functions. Through a combination of stories and scientific fact, this book shares how living at odds with our internal time affects us and how simple steps can help us feel more in sync. Some of the science here might be tough for the general reader to follow, but it’s fascinating enough that I’ve read this one more than once. The Power of Habit explores the patterns we rely on to live our lives, how they become set, and how we can change them. This book includes scientific studies, interesting anecdotes, and practical strategies for a compelling read of something that’s so basic we don’t usually give it much thought – until we want to change it. It’s been over five years since I read this, and although many of the details are no longer sharp in my memory, I still recall certain points and use some of the strategies it presents.Year of Yes is a memoir by creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, Shonda Rhimes. One Thanksgiving, her sister tells her, “You never say yes to anything,” and Shonda decides it’s time to change her attitude. This book chronicles how spending a year saying yes to everything changed her life. Remarkably relatable and absolutely hilarious, this was an incredibly inspirational read. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery delves into the Enneagram, an ancient personality typing system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired. I love a good book about personality types but what’s interesting about the Enneagram to me is that, unlike many other typing systems, it focuses on internal motivations rather than outward behaviors and gives a spectrum for each type instead of pigeonholing people into specific boxes. This book is accessible and easy to read, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to foray into this subject.
In Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxanne Gay lays out the story of her life through the lens of how it affected her body. Although my life experience has been different from the author’s, I still found this to be utterly relatable. This was well written and engaging, and the narration by the author of the audiobook only added to a powerful reading experience.Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams is a thorough exploration of sleep and its many aspects, full of scientific fact, theory, and study. In this book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker shares a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. This was absolutely fascinating, and readers who enjoy consuming nonfiction in audiobook format will find it well narrated.
I’d Rather Be Reading is a collection of essays about the reading life from blogger Anne Bogel. Written in a casual and engaging style much like her blog posts, this is a quick read you can dip in and out of. These essays skim the surface of a variety of relatable topics for all types of book lovers, and is an excellent starting point into books about books and essay collections.
There you have eight nonfiction books that have stuck with me! I’d love to hear from you if any of these books are on your TBR. What are some nonfiction books you’ve read and loved?