Today, I’m talking about non-fiction which doesn’t happen very often on my blog. The vast majority of the books I read is fiction, so obviously they are more represented on my blog. Once in a while though, I get really intrigued by the massive amount of non-fiction books that exist. There’s so much knowledge out there for me to gather! Since I’m in one of those moods currently, I thought I’d talk about 5 non-fiction books I really want to buy and read.
Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, & Criminal in 19th-century New York by Stacy Horn // This is about Roosevelt Island, known as Blackwell Island in the 19th century, where the city would send its ‘insane, indigent, sick and criminal’. I’m curious…
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang // This sounds both like an incredibly funny and sad read. I think I’ll find it funny what people thought constituted a cure for an illness, but I think I will also feel sad that people were subjected to these worst ways to cure everything.
The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination by Richard Mabey // The description of this book states that it is a globe-trotting exploration of the relationship between humans and the kingdom of plants. I’m not sure why I’m so interested in this book, but recently I’ve cultivated a desire to learn more about plants, their history, uses, etc. I’m excited to see what this book will teach me!
The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair // I am fascinated by colors, their meaning, and their history. This book encompasses the story of 75 unique shades, dyes and hues across fashion and politics, art and war. Doesn’t that sound incredible? I need to get a copy of this as soon as possible.
A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh // This book studies architecture from the point of view of someone trying to break in. It states, “Full of real-life heists-both spectacular and absurd-A Burglar’s Guide to the City ensures readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.” I feel like I already do that now, after watching Leverage and Now You See Me, so this book sounds fun!
There you have it, 5 non-fiction books I really want to read.
Have you read any of these?
Do you pick up non-fiction every once in a while?