Hands up if you’re a little confused as to where 2014 has run away too… I am still baffled by how fast the year has flown by. We are just days away from the New Year beginning and it’s the perfect time to look back over the year and discuss our favourite books. My first post is my top three non-fiction reads. Every year I say I am going to read more non-fiction and yet again I have failed miserably. I think I managed six for the year however it made it easier to pick my favourites!
Third place goes to Popular A Memoir by Maya Van Wagenen, a fifteen year old from America who decided to use Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide as the basis for a high school social experiment. She follows Betty’s advice on wearing clothes, putting on make up, exercising, hosting dinner parties and social etiquette in an attempt to make her way up the high school ladder. Maya sets out to find out what it takes to be popular and learns some surprising lessons. There aren’t many auto/biographies in the market that are specifically aimed at teens but this one makes up for it. With messages of tolerance, acceptance and being the best version of yourself, it’s a great read for teens and adults alike. Maya reminds us that popularity isn’t the person with the latest clothes or the most expensive toys but the person who is kind to everyone and lives with a positive attitude towards life. It’s the kind of book that leaves you with a smile on your face.
Second place goes to The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do – he is SO funny! I have always enjoyed watching him on TV as he comes across as such a genuine person. He always has a smile on his face and appears to love life. I finally got around to reading his autobiography that tells of his family’s journey from Vietnam to Australia. It was such a joy to read – Do’s honesty will make you laugh and cry. He tells every story with an energy and in-depth description that you feel like you are standing in the middle of every memory. He pays equal attention to each member of the family and you learn to appreciate the struggles they faced in moving to Australia. They made the most of every opportunity that came their way and appreciated everything. It’s a really great read – their story is extraordinary.
First place goes to The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss. I have a little bit of a girl crush on this woman and a whole new appreciation for her as a person. I have always enjoyed Moss’ writing – her Pandora English paranormal series is delightfully fun! Her crime series is a little too gory for my liking but that’s just my personal level of comfort not her writing! Part autobiography, part social analysis Moss uses a combination of personal experience and academic study to look at the word feminism and what it has come to mean. There are many stigmas attached to the ‘f’ word and Moss looks to debunk some of those myths. Her ideas and arguments are thoroughly researched, clear and expressed in a way that makes them easy to understand.
I highly recommend each of these three books – they are definitely worth reading! I WILL be making more of an effort to read more non-fiction in 2015!
Over to you – what were your favourite non-fiction books for 2014?
The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-32