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TBR Shelf: Non-Fiction Edition

Updated on October 26, 2013

For the Love of Books

This list is for those of those of us that are book lovers, and just can't resist adding more books to shelves without being rational about how much time we can devote to reading. To Be Read book lists, affectionately called TBR, never end because they are always a work in progress. I have compiled my TBR non-fiction list below, and hope you find inspiration for your TBR pile, and maybe even make some suggestions for me to add to mine.

I've chosen this list to be strictly non-fiction because I have grown to really love non-fiction books. There is so much out there in the world to learn and love, and books have helped me discover many new things. I'm also a big fan of autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs. When I was grade school and a teacher assigned a book report on an autobiography or biography, I always sighed and rolled my eyes. Now, I can't get enough of them! Maybe I only read the boring ones in grade school, or maybe I'm more open minded now.... who knows.

This list will be updated as I keep reading. I encourage you to bookmark and read along!

Happy reading!

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What sub-genre are you looking for?

There are many kinds of non-fiction... all the better, right?! Here is a list of what sub-genres are included in this list, and when they are updated. Remember, this list will continue to be updated as I continue read, and I encourage you to bookmark and read with me!

Memoir (Updated 10/26/13)

Parenting (Updated 10/26/13)

Philosophy (Updated 10/26/13)

Political (Updated 10/26/13)

Research & Theory (Updated 10/26/13)

How often do you read non-fiction?

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Memoir

Memoirs

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

I don't have to read this book to know she's amazing. I've fallen in love with every interview and article I see about Malala. Why didn't she get the Nobel again?

 
Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation, New Expanded Edition
Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation, New Expanded Edition

I've heard this book is a very inclusive and well rounded collection of essays, covering every topic a third-wave feminist may be interested in. I am the first to say it's time to stand up for women's rights, it's been time for a LONG time, but not everyone is willing to listen or wants to talk about it. People immediately become defensive in a conversation, and turn it into a debate. Maybe this book will give me a little encouragement.

 

Parenting

Parenting

Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders
Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders

Have you read She's Not There, Boylan memoir about transitioning genders? She visited my Human Sexuality Class when I was at University, and I flew through her first book in no time. I'm looking forward to reading this follow up.

 
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son

I have been following the blog of the same name for quite some time now, and was very excited to discover the writer was going to publish a book. Gender fluidity is becoming more well known, but still needs a lot of positive attention to help educate and prevent prejudice.

 

Political

Political

War Reporting for Cowards
War Reporting for Cowards

The US has been at war for over half my life at this point (go ahead- guess my age). I came across this book awhile ago, and struck my interest because in high school I thought a lot about becoming a journalist, and being embedded with the army overseas. Now I see good reviews on Amazon, and not so good ones on Goodreads... but I've kept it on my TBR shelf for someday-reading.

 
No Place for a Woman: A Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith (Rutgers Series on Women and Politics)
No Place for a Woman: A Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith (Rutgers Series on Women and Politics)

MCS is the woman! I spent a lot of time learning about her over the past couple years, and received a copy of this book for free after visiting her home in Maine.

 

Philosophy

The Te of Piglet

The Te of Piglet
The Te of Piglet

I enjoyed reading the the Tao of Pooh, and would recommend it to anybody. I first read it while spending a summer living the woods, so it made for a very peaceful and reflective setting. I'm kind of waiting for another opportunity like that to read The Te of Piglet, but I'm growing impatient...

 

Research & Theory

Research & Theory

The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does
The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does

This book takes a look at how our happiness is socially constructed and restricted. Interesting, huh?

 
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

I love Mary Roach books. She latches onto a subject and does in depth research, finding out as much information as possible on a single topic. Her latest is Gulp, and I have yet to read. Soon, Mary, I promise!

 
Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection among Girls
Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection among Girls

Lyn Brown is the founder of Hearty Girls, Healthy Women, and organization in Maine dedicated to supporting girls and women. I have had the opportunity to see her speak several times. She's brilliant and strong and I want to be just like her when I grow up! This would be my second Brown book.

 

Have you read any non-fiction lately?

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      TheCozyDinosaur 4 years ago

      @Kim Milai: I've very excited to read Raising my Rainbow. The author has a blog of the same name where she has been posting interviews since her book came out. You can also check up on her latest posts about her sons entering new schools and how that's going for them. You sound like a supportive parent. Best wishes to you and your daughters!

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      I have! I wanted to say I like your suggestions of books like Girlfighting and Raising my Rainbow. I have two just turned 13 year old teen daughters and I fret they may experience some of this bullying in the future. I encourage them to stick up for each other and LET US KNOW if someone's bothering them. I wish I could be there every second but I know I need to let go a little. Gosh parenting is so hard :)