Tuesday, 20 May 2014

My Top 5 Non Fiction Novels

 Hello everyone and welcome to another top 5 post. Today we're talking non fiction books. If I'm honest I don't really read many non fiction novels, not nearly as many as I'd like to. I thought this post would inspire me to read more non fiction novels as it would make me think about why I like the ones that I like. And it can also give you guys recommendations for books which is why I really like writing these posts. I love it when I get a comment or a tweet telling me that someone's read a book because they saw it on my blog and that they loved it. It makes me so happy. If you have any requests then please let me know. I'm definitely doing a 'top 5 books I'd like to see as movies' but apart from that I'm kind of running a bit low on ideas.


 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - I've never met anyone who's read this and didn't fall completely in love with Anne and her writing style. Her story is such a sad one but she has documented everything so beautifully in her diary. I almost want to learn Dutch just so that I can read this in it's original state. If you don't know already this is the diary of a young, teenage girl that she kept whilst hiding from the Nazis. Her family and another Jewish family lived in a secret annexe behind a bookshelf for years before they were unfortunately discovered and taken to concentration camps. I would definitely recommend this. 

The Aquariums of Pyongyang  by Kang Chol-Hwan - This is a memoir written by a man who escaped from North Korea. He was sent to a political prisoner camp when he was a child and escaped via China to South Korea after he was released. This is really poignant and a great book to read to give you some perspective. 

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen - This is written like a fiction novel but it's actually the author's own experiences in a psychiatric hospital during the sixties. It's like the female One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Kaysen has a very nice, witty writing style and doesn't beat about the bush. It's also been made into a movie featuring Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder which is actually a really good movie.

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - I'm sure you've already heard of Caitlin Moran. She's a UK journalist and is absolutely hilarious. This is a jokey sort of memoir about feminism. And it's really good. It took me a long time to read but it was definitely worth it. Don't take it too seriously though. I've seen people complain 'it's how to be Caitlin Moran not how to be a woman' obviously!

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick - This is another book about North Korea. Instead of being one person's narrative this follows several different people. I think this is a really good book because it lets you see how the rich and the poor live. One of the people it features is a doctor, another is the poor daughter of a miner. It really helps reflect on all paths of life inside North Korea and gives a more complete idea of life there. If you're interested on reading a book about North Korea I would definitely recommend this. It's very informative.


What is your favourite non fiction novel?

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