Non-fiction that are not just self-help books
As someone who enjoys reading, I am really behind on my non-fiction reading list. I will admit I mostly read fiction of all kinds but rarely non-fiction. Although I have started doing that now and I have discovered there is so much to explore! Before, when I was uninitiated, I used to categorize non-fiction books completely as self-helps but now, I have found out there’s so much more than that. I still detest self-help books because ironically, nine out of ten times they are of no help at all. There’s only one or two such books that have actually impressed me and ‘helped’ me per se. So this is my list of the non-fiction stack I have begun to knock down.
Intimations by Zadie Smith- This is a very short book comprising six essays written during the first lockdown in 2020. Very insightful and wise.
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay- A medical memoir by a former practicing doctor. Great fun full of dark humour and devastating scenarios that would make you laugh as hard as it would make you cry.
A Room of One’s Own by Virgina Woolf- Way ahead of its time and my introduction to Woolf.
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle- I have talked a lot about how much I adore this book! If you love food, culture, and eccentric French neighbours you will love this.
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins- The only motivational, self-help I have really liked.