When I started reading books, I had pretty much decided to “never” read non-fiction. I mean, we read them in school, right? So when I think about a non-fic, I imagine a super-boring, lengthy textbook! That isn’t what you want to read when you’re in the mood to read some fun books, right? That’s why I’m here. To give you non-fic recs that are super short and not at all boring and very fun! You think that’s impossible? Let me prove you wrong.
1. Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell
I recently finished reading this book and I adored it — it’s basically a “collection” of weird things customers say in book shops, and for what its worth, they’re very, very hilarious. I actually laughed while reading it and I’m sure you will laugh your butt off too! Moreover, this book is very, very short! You can finish reading this book in one sitting because of how interesting and short this is. Of course, if you think you’re interested in more weird things, we have a sequel! I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I’ll surely pick it up soon!
2. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty
This book earned five stars from me because it was super informative and hilarious. It’s non-fiction about questions pertaining to death and dead bodies (example: will my cat eat my eyeball after I die? If I ate a full bag of popcorn kernels before my death, would they pop during cremation? where do fake boob, hip, knee implant thingies go when you’re cremated/buried? etc.) asked to a mortician by kids. And YOU WANT TO KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS! You’ll laugh. You’ll feel anxious — especially if you have death anxiety — I speak from my own experience. And you’ll learn so much about death. But you’ll want to read more. And you’ll go to the YouTube channel of the author of this book – Ask A Mortician. Because yes, that’s exactly what I did. The best thing is, the writer talks in such a nonchalant fashion about death that you’re like… Is she talking about a HUMAN BEING DYING or the death of a random fake plastic doll you have no attachment to?
3. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This book is a compilation of fifteen feminist suggestions by an author to a friend (who’s recently given birth to a female child) on how to raise her child to be a feminist. It’s super short, super powerful, and if you’ve ever watched Adichie’s Ted Talks or read her fiction, please pick it up. I read it last year, and there was so much to learn from it and that’s why I urge you to read it.
4. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
This book is very relatable, especially to those people who suffer from depression and anxiety. It’s an account of Matt Haig’s depression and his reasons to stay alive. Although I’ve only read half of it, I can tell that it is brilliant and if you’re looking for a not-so-sad, hopeful book about this person’s experience with depression, you should read it. A huge trigger warning for active suicide ideation, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. because this book describes those feelings in a relentless way, and at the same time, gives you hope!
5. I Really Didn’t Think This Through by Beth Evans
This is the most relatable book I’ve ever read in my life!!! – this book has tales from the life of a new adult person who has no idea how to go about life as an adult… because of course, you’re given no handbook and you have to play it by ear! Reading this book proved to be therapeutic for me and not only the experiences are relatable (I was always like, yeah, I’ve done that too) the author has also drawn some cute illustrations that are very heart-warming. It talks about dealing with anxiety, depression, self-harm, OCD, and other mental health problems and not being so hard on yourself. An amazing and beautiful book to read if you want to feel that you’re not alone in this world.
Anyway, so these are some of the non-fiction books that I read and adored and I recommend you all to read them if you’re thinking of reading fun and simple non-fiction book!