For today’s post I thought I would give you a miny tour of my non-Fiction book collection. I would one day like to do a whole bookshelf tour/collection, but I am still trying to think of a way to do it without the post being super long or tedious because I have a hell of a lot of books. For now I thought I would share some of my smaller collections on books and do it by genre while I try and think of a creative way to show you everything.
My non-fiction book collection is pretty small as I usually stick to YA with a little bit of middle-grade, but this year I wanted to try and expand my horizons a bit in both what I read and what I am learning. While I am in school a lot of my time is spent at school and doing homework and coursework, but I do have moments where I don’t have much to do and long lunch breaks that I don’t do much with, so I thought it would be a good idea to fill those gaps with learning of my own. There are loads of different topics and subject matter that I am interested in learning about that we don’t cover in school, so I have decided to teach myself those things through the use of books and the occasional google search. My collection of books is still very limited and I have loads that I am still waiting to buy, but here are the few that I own:
Alexander Hamilton Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough
This is a biography about Alexander Hamilton (which you can probably guess from the title) and this was actually the first non-fiction book I have ever read. I, like so many other people, love Hamilton (although I haven’t seen it) and soon fell in love with the soundtrack and his story. I thought reading a biography about a person I was greatly interested in and already had prior knowledge of was a good place to start when trying out the non-fiction genre for the first time. I did really enjoy this book as it was fun to read and it taught me a lot, so I guess it worked out! I would really like to re-read this book though and take the time to annotate it and take some notes on it as I find that is how I learn best.
The Language of Flowers by Mandy Kirkby
I am not going to lie to you. This was a cover buy. The books is beautiful and it has a lovely canvas cover that I just couldn’t resist. I am really interested in flowers and their meanings though, so it worked out very well. This book is quite a simple one, which is why I thought it would be good to start reading next because it isn’t as heavy as some other non-fiction books. It is basically just a dictionary of all the flowers and their meanings, so each flower only takes up a page or two. I am currently reading this one alongside my YA read (I like to read a fiction book as well as non-fiction to break it up a bit and help me get through it) and so far I am enjoying it. It isn’t exactly a thrilling read, but it is interesting and easy to read and I am retaining a lot of information, which is exactly what I wanted.
The Periodic Table of Feminism by Marisa Bate
This is the most recent addition to my non-fiction collection and is the one I am most excited to read. As a woman I am very interesting in learning about feminism, its history and how I can help today, so when I saw this book I got very excited! Not only is the book gorgeous and shiny, but it isn’t too heavy going and the information is broken up with pictures and quotes, which is exactly what I was looking for. I think this will probably be the next non-fiction book I dive into as I am very excited to learn more.
A guide to Contemporary Astrology: The Signs by Carolyne Faulkner
I picked this book up in the same trip as ‘the language of flowers’ and it was, once again, a cover buy (are you seeing a theme?). I have always been deeply interested in astrology, the stars, constellations and just space in general since I was a small child and even though we do cover space briefly in school we only really learnt the planets names and then moved on. I thought it would be a good time to start learning some more about my long lived interest especially now we had stopped doing it school and learning from this beautiful book seemed like a good place to start. I did start reading it back in February, but I then got side-tracked and put it down because of other life issues, but I will definitely go back to it soon!
Those are the 4 books that my non-fiction book collection consists of. I know it is a very small collection, but bear in mind I only started collecting this year and I am a slow reader when it comes to non-fiction. I am beyond excited to see my collection grow though and I hope to one day dedicate a whole book shelf to just non-fiction. I am also of course very excited to see what these books have to teach me and to learn more outside of my standardized education. Some of the topics I am interested in learning more about are mythology (worldwide), history (specifically Roman, Greek, but I want to learn about history all over the world as well), Royalty around the world, different cultures (past and present) and animals. I also really want to read some more biography’s or auto-biography’s to learn more about some specific historical figures I am interested in. I may also see if I can get into historical fiction, but maybe that’s a goal for next year. What is your non-fiction book collection like? Are we interested in any of the same things? I’d love to know!
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