Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Best Non-Fiction I've Read Last Year | 2019 Yearly Rewind

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be sharing with you the best non-fiction books I've read this year. as someone who predominately reads fiction year-round, I tried to expand my bounds and delve into non-fiction. I didn't read much, but definitely found some stars.

Here are my favorite non-fiction books I read this year! Keep in mind that these are not 2019 releases, but rather books I read in 2019.

Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come by Jessica Pan
I listened to this book on audio, and I had such a great time. It was the perfect audiobook to listen to as I did chores around my apartment - engaging, yet not so complicated that I had to give my whole entire focus to it. Pan's memoir, where she attempts to become more extroverted, was both comical and clever.

Beauty Sick by Renee Engeln
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Like Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come, I also listened to Beauty Sick on audio. I listened to this right as I started back school this previous fall, and it was perfect timing. Once school starts, I'm surrounded by so many more people, and it's really important that I don't let strangers make me feel insecure. Engeln goes into depth about the pressures larger society puts on women to maintain this ideal sense of beauty and perfection, and how those expectations are internalized. I found this book to be empowering and a timely reminder of the systematic and structural sexism in beauty we place among women.

The Drama Years by Haley Kilpatrick

I read this book for research purposes during the spring of last year, and was drawn in so quickly. At first, I was reading the book for specific chapters, but Kilpatrick's voice was strong, and the anecdotes from tweens and teens even more so. Being a teenage girl is complex, and I appreciated that Kilpatrick did not belittle their experiences.

Nobody's Victim by Carrie Goldberg

Rounding out this list is a 2019 release, which I was lucky to read as an ARC. As a bookseller, there are many more ARCs at my disposal, from genres that I usually don't run to, and Nobody's Victim was one of the first I picked up once I started my job. It's a harrowing, at time horrifying, yet ultimately empowering look at the modern day dating scene and pornography, and the dangers both of those present. Goldberg is an attorney fighting for justice against sex crimes - ranging from rape to revenge porn - and her voice and skill at relating past cases while retaining respect was impressive. 

Have you read any of my picks for best non-fiction reads? What are some non fiction books you read this year? I'm just getting into reading nonfiction, so I would love some recommendations!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon in another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read

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