Non-fiction Books on My Wish List

Non-fiction November is just around the corner. Although this year I’m once again not taking part in this initiative to promote reading more non-fiction books (there are so many fiction books that I want to read instead…), I decided to share with you some of the ones I have on my wish list. Maybe you’ll get some new ideas for books to read.

My wish list of non-fiction features more books than the seven below, but these are the ones that I’ll probably prioritise in the future. They cover various topics, from the Troubles in Northern Ireland to feminism.


How to Be Animal: What it Means to Be Human by Melanie Challenger

I’ve only recently added this book to my wish list. But it’s certainly the one I’ll get to first, since I’ve always found the topic it explores interesting – how us, human beings, don’t tend to think about ourselves as animals. Melanie Challenger draws on various disciplines to explore how humans come to terms with being an animal and how it affects our experiences.


Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh

Kerri ní Dochartaigh was born in Derry during the harshest period of the Troubles. One of her parents was Catholic, the other Protestant. Thin Places is the account of her personal experience living under difficult circumstances. The sheer amount of praise for this memoir was more than enough for me to add it to my wish list.


Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss

In 2009, Sarah Moss applied for a job at the University of Iceland. This was the first step to fulfil a childhood dream: to make Iceland her home. Names for the Sea is an account of her time there and what she has learnt.


The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Through the memoir The Woman Warrior, which is at least partially set during the Chinese revolution of the 1940s, Maxine Hong Kingston aimed to delve into her growing process as a woman. She lived in between cultures – Chinese and American – and surrounded by myths and folklore.


A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

Published for the first time in 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is Mary Wollstonecraft’s proposition on how to achieve the emancipation of women through equal education and them being recognised not by their partner, but by their profession.


The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Another feminist work, The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir challenges the traditional perceptions of the relationship between the sexes, highlights the importance of women achieving economic independence, and critically assesses various beliefs about femininity. It’s one of those books that I keep seeing quotes from, but that I don’t know when I will have the courage to start to tackle. It’s 864 pages long after all!


Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider is a collection of essays, speeches, letters and interviews by Audre Lorde, an American civil rights activist. It explores issues related to race, sexuality and the need for female solidarity.


Are you taking part in non-fiction November? Which non-fiction books do you have on your wish list or TBR pile? Tell me in the comments!


5 thoughts on “Non-fiction Books on My Wish List

  1. literarygitane says:

    Great list! I am reading Frankenstein now and I am completely entranced. I am eager to read Mary Wollstonecroft’s book not only for its own merits but to see how she may have influenced her daughter as well.
    I read The Second Sex during my youth and it’s time to revisit it. I am sure I’ll get more out of it this time around.

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  2. Linda I PagesandPapers says:

    I didn’t know November is non-fiction month! I’m always looking for good non-fic recs so thanks for sharing! I’m currently reading John Green’s The Anthropocene Reviewed and I think the first book you recommend would be a nice addition to it. Will deffo check it out 🙂

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