May Wrap-Up | The Month I Fell In Love with Non-Fiction

If you’d have asked me two months ago that’d I’d fall in love with non-fiction, I’d have stared at you incredulously. But yet, it happened. I’ve read a lot of books this month and so many of them were non-fiction. And while that’s all fun and games, it has gotten me in a bit of a struggle when it comes to reviews. I always post a review on Saturday, which means I need to review a book a week and when I read a lot more non-fiction (which I have no clue how to review and I think isn’t as interesting to a lot of you), I am pretty much forced to review more of my regular fiction books. Are you still following me? Basically, I need to review more books I normally wouldn’t review because I don’t have that much to say about them. Anyway, that’s not your problem, but I gotta think about how to go about that.

This month was the month I started a new job, got my first real pay check for some freelancing work, made a lot of art and pretty much gave up on writing (oops). I feel like I’ve finally got my life together? Kind of? I mean after months of unemployment and sitting at home, it’s about time I stopped being bored 24/7.

I’m going to divide this wrap-up into a fiction and a non-fiction part so you can skip one or the other if it doesn’t interest you πŸ™‚

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Fiction

  • Far From The Tree by Robin Benway – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… I adored this family-focused book about three siblings who find each other after 15 years. Review here.
  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – β˜…β˜…β˜….5Β  This book was a little bit of a disappointment. I liked it, but it just wasn’t quite what I hoped it would be. IΒ love Gotham (the tv series) and I hoped it would build on that but it was actually really different and I missed my favourite characters.
  • In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… This was a reread. I read this for the first time last year and absolutely adored it. It’s incredibly diverse and the characters are amazing! I wanted own a physical copy and now I finally have it!
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… This was such a well-written feminist story with complex characters that are neither good nor bad that makes you question a lot of things. Review here.
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… I thought this was a really cute story with a strong focus on family and expectations and I loved how they approached the topic of culture and family.
  • Leah on the OffbeatΒ by Becky Albertalli – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5 I loved this a lot! It was super cute and I thought Leah was a refreshing and fun character. Though I think there were some aspects that were a bit… shitty. Like how Nick and Garrett were treated and that one “lowkey bi” conversation everyone talks about on twitter.
  • I was Born for This by Alice Oseman – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… AHHH I LOVED IT. Angel and Jimmy were both amazing characters and I loved how it dealt with fan culture and boy bands and didn’t write fans of as silly overdramatic girls like it sometimes is done in media.
  • Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson (collaborated with 9 other authors) – β˜…β˜…β˜….5 I loved some stories and hated others, I wrote a longer review on goodreads in which I elaborated on them, but overall I quite liked the book. I liked the concept of these teens telling stories while trying to survive in the wilderness.

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Non-Fiction

  • Bad FeministΒ by Roxanne Gay – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5 I blame my recent obsession with non-fiction on this book and this book alone. I loved reading Roxanne Gay’s thoughts and her opinions on media and feminism and racism. I thought she had a really well-reasoned and clear writing style.
  • #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… I wouldn’t say this was amazing, but it was quite fun to get into the mind of a woman who started from nothing and built an entire company and how she did it. It was quite empowering!
  • The Opposite of LonelinessΒ by Marina Keegan – β˜…β˜…β˜… This was actually quite a bit disappointment for me. I was excited to read more essays, but Marina’s just didn’t work for me. Her writing style was boring and her essays didn’t seem to have a point and she constantly went on tangents. Only weeks later, I can’t remember even what she wrote about in her book.
  • Unfiltered by Lily Collins – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… I liked this quite a bit! I’m really different from Lily Collins but found myself relating to her too on some topics. I loved how she told her stories, shamelessly and completely open, and the audiobook was really good!
  • You’re Never Weird On the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5 I only knew Felicia from her role in Supernatural, but she’s amazing! Her writing is funny and geeky and lovely and I adored it! I loved how she is open about the good and the bad and it has definitely made me interested in checking out more of her work. (I actually haven’t quite finished this yet but I’m planning to finish it tonight)

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How was your month? Did you read any of the books I read? Or did you perhaps also discover a new genre you love?

37 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up | The Month I Fell In Love with Non-Fiction

  1. Whoa! That’s a lot of books…congrats on a fantastic month. American Panda is on my TBR but I haven’t read any of the books you listed here. I really should pick up some more non-fiction. I will once in a while read a book about history, but not often as I used to. I hope you have a great June!

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    1. Thank you! I read a lot during my vacation so that’s probably why I read so much. I hope you love American Panda! I’m not a big fan of history books myself. Thanks!

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  2. You read quite a lot of books this month! I already said that Far From The Tree sounds awesome. πŸ˜€

    I don’t read nonfiction often (unless it’s academic reading for uni), but maybe I should try… I read Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher a while ago, but as much as I love her, I didn’t like the book, so that kind of turned me off. :/ I might look at some nonfiction lists and see if I find good recs.

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    1. Yeah I did! I always associated non-fiction with academic reading too, that’s why I barely read any. I think there’s probably a type of non-fiction out here that you’ll enjoy πŸ™‚

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    1. I’ve probably missed out on so many books too, but luckily you have all your life to catch up πŸ™‚
      Do you have any recommendations for me?

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      1. Really depends on what you like! I tend to read fewer biographies and more topical or historical nonfiction, but two of the best ones are Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which is about Ken Kesey and the transition from the beat era to the hippie era, and The Professor and the Madman, which is about the man who compiled the Oxford dictionary, as well as a man who contributed more to it than anyone else, from an asylum. But I’ve been wanting to read more biographies and memoirs for sure!

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      2. I’m not really a fan of historical fiction so I don’t think historical non-fiction will be for me. I seem to like autobiographies, and basically anything that has to do with feminism, but I haven’t had the opportunity to branch out to other topics yet.

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  3. You had an amazing month, Lia!! I see so many books I enjoyed here, and I only just finished reading Bad Feminist. I agree that The Female of the Species was great & I can’t wait to read Alice Oseman’s I Was Born for This!

    Lovely post! ❀

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  4. I’m not a huge non-fiction fan (i’ve only ever read like… four non fiction books ever) but Felicia Day’s book is on my TBR (bc of supernatural haha) and she’s Q U E E N and i miss charlie. eeekkk so happy you enjoyed american panda!!

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    1. Haha I was the same as you before this month. I didn’t like it either. Felicia Day’s book is really fun though and I think it’s a great place to start if you like to read more non-fiction!

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  5. Sounds like you’ve read a whole bunch of amazing books this month, that’s great! And it’s awesome that you’re getting into a new genre, I think it’s important for people to step out of their comfort zone every once in a while and experience new things. Particularly if those new things become new favourites! I’ve always loved nonfiction and tend to read a fair amount of it, but most of what I read is historical non-fic rather than autobiographies. But maybe I should listen to my own advice and expand the type of non-fic I read πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes definitely! I’m glad I decided to try something new, it’s fun to find new genres I enjoy πŸ™‚
      I don’t really read historical non-fiction, and I don’t think it’s not really for me because I don’t like historical fiction books either. I hope you find new books to love too !

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  6. I love autobiographies on audio book! There’s something to be said for listening to someone tell you about their life vs. reading it. I’m about 30 mins away from finishing Billy Crystal’s book and I love it!

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    1. Oh yes, that’s a great way to read autobiographies! Especially if they’re narrating it themselves. I’m glad!

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  7. Great reading month! Welcome to the world of non-fiction – there are so many great books out there. I’ve challenged myself to read more widely in non-fiction by completing the ‘Dewey Decimal System Challenge’ over on my blog. Felicia Day is so awesome. Her music video ‘Do You Want To Date My Avatar’ from her series ‘The Guild’ is so geeky and fun – over on Youtube.

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  8. After reading Radio Silence last week I really want to read I Was Born for This! I also like non-fiction but hardly ever read it for some reason. I do want to read a Roxane Gay book. Good job for reading so many books and getting a job! πŸ™‚

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  9. Lately I have been TBRing so many non-fic books and I wish my June TBR allowed me to get to them sooner.

    I really want to pick up something by Roxane Gay, so I think it might as well be this one. Sounds like just what I want. I’ve also been wanting to pick up The Opposite of Loneliness for ages, so it’s sad to see it wasn’t everything you wanted. I’ll stuill be picking it up at some point to see what I think.

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  10. You had a lot of books finished!! I’m reading Leah on the Offbeat right now and so far I’m really enjoying it!! I don’t really like nonfiction but I have Unfiltered on my TBR and will probably read Chloe’s Lukasiak (from Dance Moms) nonfiction book because Chloe was my favorite dancer.

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  11. I’ve been getting into nonfiction slowly and I’d love to read more. Maybe a post featuring a few shorter reviews for the nonfiction books you’ve read, so you don’t have to compromise your reading for a review. I’d be interested in reading nonfiction reviews!

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    1. That’s what I was thinking about too. Maybe do short reviews every now and then of a few non-fiction books I’ve read. It seems people are actually interested in reading my thoughts πŸ˜€

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  12. Congratulations, it sounds like you had a great reading month! I’ve really fallen out of non-fiction and I need to make an effort to get back into reading at least 1 a month like I wanted to, which this wrap up has handily reminded me! I especially need to get to some Roxanne Gay because I hear nothing but glowing reviews of her collections.

    And congratulations on the new job too, best of luck with it in the future! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! ohh I hope you fall back in love with non-fiction then! I really recommend Roxanne Gay’s book, because it got me into reading non-fiction so it’ll probably be able to get you back into it too!

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  13. I just finished Leah On The Offbeat today and rated it 4 stars! Tbh I didn’t like how Nick’s life just went.. off-rails. I liked him too and I feel sad for him.

    I really want to read You’re never weird on the internet! It’s on my TBR but I haven’t gotten to it 😌

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    1. Oh yes, I felt bad for Nick too and especially Garrett. That was just ehh
      I hope you love You’re Never Weird on the Internet! I thought it was great πŸ˜€

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  14. WOAH, Lia! You have rocked it this month. Reading this made me realise how much I love non-fic and how little I’ve read lately — going to have to change that in June!

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