TTT: Non-Fiction


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (May 15: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read) is one I struggled with (there have been a few of these lately) because, to be honest, if I don’t enjoy a book, I’m not going to be glad I spent time reading it.

The only exception to this are the non-fiction books I read back at university — I didn’t necessarily enjoy them but it was worth it to get my degree. This got me thinking: I rarely ever mention non-fiction on this blog (it’s not something I read a lot of) so I thought, this week I’d share some non-fiction I’ve enjoyed and some that I’m actually really keen to read.

Let me know how you went about this topic — did you switch it up or stick to the topic?

Ten Non-Fiction Books Which Have Caught My Interest

The Medusa Reader by Marjorie Garber and Nancy J. Vickers
“Ranging from classical times to pop culture, this collection will appeal to art historians, feminists, classicists, cultural critics, and anyone interested in mythology.”
Goodreads // BookDepository

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard
Two essays exploring the relationship between women and power through the ages, and how women’s voices are often suppressed.
Goodreads // BookDepository

Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon by Stephen R. Wilk
Examines the story “through ancient authors and classical artwork, then looks at the interpretations that have been given of the meaning of the myth through the years”. For example, the links between jellyfish, gargoyles and constellations as a source of the imagery, and a look at feminist, Freudian etc interpretations of the myth. Really interesting.
Goodreads // BookDepository

The Magic of Fiction by Beth Hill
“The Magic of Fiction addresses all aspects of writing and editing, from the mechanics to story issues to style concerns. In it you’ll find tips, explanations, suggestions, examples, and a boatload of questions to guide your writing and editing.”
Goodreads // BookDepository

Minority Monsters! by Tab Kimpton
“Packed full with comics of mythical monster, field notes and information sections; this spotters guide of LGBT* and Queer creatures is the perfect companion for any adventurer.”
Beautifully illustrated and brilliantly funny, a simple and easy-to-understand breakdown of various LGBTQIAP+ identities.
Goodreads // BookDepository

Still to read, but sound amazing.

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation by Maureen Johnson & Tim Federle (editors)
Goodreads // BookDepository

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Goodreads // BookDepository

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by
Mackenzi Lee & Petra Eriksson (Illustrations)
Goodreads // BookDepository

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Goodreads // BookDepository

The Six Wives of Henry VIII, by Alison Weir
Goodreads // BookDepository

I just noticed how neatly this all stacks into mostly either feminism or history. Ah, well. I’m predicable.

17 thoughts on “TTT: Non-Fiction”

  1. This was a tough topic, but I like how you did it- I used to read nonfiction too, and now since blogging I hardly ever do! Nice to see some on a Tuesday post. I love the sound of Medusa: Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon. Now THAT sounds interesting!

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  2. Great twist on this week’s topic, so many of these sound really interesting! If you’re interested in Weir’s The Six Wives of Henry VIII, I’d also highly recommend Susan Bordo’s The Creation of Anne Boleyn which is a cultural history of Anne Boleyn that examines how she’s been portrayed throughout history and in the media since her execution.

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    1. Thanks, I’ll definitely check that out. Reputation over time was actually a big part of my dissertation so that sounds like something that’d interest me.


  3. I’ve read more science non-fiction than historical NF lately, but I’m also looking to change it up. I think the book on Badass Broads sounds like a great way to read more non-fiction of a wider variety. Thanks for alerting me to it!

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  4. Goodreads told me I won an ARC of How I Resist, three months ago. It never arrived and Goodreads’ response was “we don’t administer the giveaways so there’s nothing we can do” which made me really disappointed. I was really looking forward to that book!

    I am very intrigued by Minority Monsters, that sounds cool!

    Given this list, you might be interested in Sex With Kings by Eleanor Herman. (She also wrote Sex with the Queen to cover the other half, but i haven’t read that one.) All about royal lovers and spouses and intimate relations. Fascinating stuff!

    My TTT:

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    1. Thanks for the rec! I’ll definitely check it out.

      That really sucks about the giveaway. I’m still pissed about the changes they made to the GR giveaways so I’m not surprised at all that they’re dodging any responsibility.


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