I’ll let you in on a secret – I’ve never enjoyed reading.
As an English graduate and copywriter, I realise that sounds pretty ridiculous but it’s true.
Whether it was the old English literature I was forced to read for my degree over the course of three years or the best sellers I picked up from the front table in Waterstones thinking I’d enjoy them if everyone else did, I’d never experienced that ‘couldn’t put it down’ feeling that everyone harps on about. Then I discovered non-fiction.
To me, it always conjured up images of overly wordy, fact-filled books that’d take me months to understand but then I actually read one and I’ve been an avid browser of Amazon Books ever since.
These are some of the many I’ve added to my cart and think you should too.
Bloom – Estee Lalonde
This is the very book that started it all off. I’m a huge fan of Estee’s YouTube channel so when she released a book about her life, I figured it was a pretty safe introduction to the world of non-fiction. I was right. It touches on everything from exploring the world to dealing with anxiety and the book itself is the definition of ‘Instagrammable’ – a combination that gave me the ‘just another chapter’ feeling I thought I’d never get.
Ice Cream for Breakfast – Laura Jane Williams
‘How discovering your inner child can make you calmer, happier and solve all your bullsh*t adult problems.’ What’s not to love? Laura Jane Williams puts her experience with children into lessons us adults can learn when it comes to things like holding grudges and saying what you really mean and it genuinely does make life seem a whole lot more simple.
Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick is as witty as ever in her autobiography. She shares life walking the red carpet but going home to sleep in her IKEA MALM bed and that’s exactly why I loved this book so much. It shattered the Hollywood façade and made me laugh A LOT along the way.
The Vagenda – Holly Baxter and Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
I’m kind of cheating with this one because I never actually finished this book. It got a little repetitive as the pages went on but I’m wholeheartedly on board with the concept in general. It’s a scathing look at how the publishing industry is designed to make women hate themselves and I can honestly say I’ve not bought a single women’s magazine since.
The Working Woman’s Handbook – Phoebe Lovatt
I love to hear other stories of women who work for themselves and this book is full of them. Fashion designers, musicians and journalists are just some of the empowering women you’ll find inside alongside tips, tricks and advice on becoming a successful female entrepreneur.
Comment your favourite non-fiction recommendations below.