Sunday Recommendations: Diverse Non Fiction


I used to make recommendation posts every Sunday at some point on this blog, but for some time, it hasn’t happened. Rest assured, some more are coming! I know I haven’t been very active on here lately, and I don’t have much of an excuse, but I’m not done with this blog quite yet, and here is a new selection of non fiction books I have been reading (more or less) recently, and would definitely recommend!

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This book is quite a must read in my opinion. It deals with what it’s like to be a person of colour in the United States, possible differences with other countries, and what it’s like to raise a kid when you want the best for them, though you know they are bound to face racism sooner or later in their lives. This book is an absolute beauty, and a must read in my opinion.

milk and honey and the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

I couldn’t make a blog post about non fiction without talking about at least one poetry book, and if I had to recommend one poetry book to everyone, it would be either milk and honey or the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur. The author’s poetry deals with abuse and how to get over it, what it’s like to be a a woman of colour in the United States, her love for her mother, and so much more. Both those books are absolutely stunning and I devoured them.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins

In my opinion, mental disorders are a topic that should be major in non fiction today (along with race issues obviously, and feminism, who am I kidding). People should be more open about those, because no one is alone in there. This is exactly what Lily Collins does in Unflitered: she opens up about her eating disorders and all the mental problems she may have encountered throughout her life. Though a major topic, her book remains light and easy to read. It’s postive and an eye-opener: we need more positive books about mental and eating disorders!

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

This is the oldest book on my list, and one I have recently read for one of my classes. It’s quite short and extremely well-written and I would say it also qualifies as a must-read. Frederick Douglass was born a slave and lived as one until he managed to run away, and ended up becoming an anti-slavery advocate. His testimony about his life as a slave is absolutely heartbreaking, but we should not forget about our history, and this is why I think this book is so important.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Another very important book, first about what it’s like to grow up as a person of colour in a mostly white country and even more so about what it’s like to get cancer when you are in your thirties and finishing redidency. This book is a punch in the feels, but it is also extremely beautifully written. It’s a book I would definitely recommend — if you have a box of tissues hanging around.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Again and again, we need more books discussing mental illness. We need more of them in fiction, but also in non fiction. As a person sufferring from depression and anxiety, I am craving for more of those books. They make me feel like I am not alone. You are not alone. In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher talks about her bipolar disorder, and her addiction to alcohol, and proves once again that I have all the reasons in the world to admire her.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

And last but not least, this is my most recent read, the book I’m shoving in everyone’s face right now. Every occasion is a good one for me to talk about this book. It is so important. Obviously, it’s talking about racism and how it is sadly deeply rooted in our system, whether we live in the UK like Reni Eddo-Lodge, or anywhere else in the world. What I really liked about it was how instructive it was. It explains patiently the situation, and uses many (often horrific) examples. This book is a must read.

Before I end this article I wanted to share a few lines of Why I’m No Longer Talkinng To White People About Race because I believe they are deeply important:

“I’m no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the legitimacy of structural racism and its symptoms. I can no longer engage with the gulf of an emotional disconnect that white people display when a person of colour articulates their expreience. You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It’s like a treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It’s like they can no longer hear us.”

And that’s it for today readers, thanks for reading my article, I hope you enjoyed it, and please feel free to recommend me more diverse non fiction in the comments!


Wishful Drinking: My Review


As you may or may not know, I am studying Carrie Fisher’s book The Princess Diarist for my thesis this year, and of course I am getting into reading as much as her other books as possible. I am working on questions of autobiography and memoirs, taboo and coming of age. So The Princess Diarist was a perfect choice for that. However, there is another subject that is very dear to me, and that is mental illness. This is why I was so eager to read Wishful Drinking. And this is why I absolutely wanted to talk about it on here.

Genre: Non Fiction
Publication: 2008
My rating: ★★★★★

What this book is about:

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher talks about different aspects of her life, growing up, the impact her parents had on her life, and of course the impact Star Wars had on her life, her mental health and addiction problems, the fact that one of her best friends died in her bed, different relationships she had, manic depression and shock therapy, how her daughter changed her life, and loads of other sensible and important matters. The books is actually (for the most part I believe) the transcription of a show with the same name, if I am correct.

“By the end of this book, you could be gay and insane! Unless you began that way.”

(Spoilers: I did begin that way.)


Wishful Drinking is very moving, and cleverly written. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it. It’s a quick read and I devoured it almost in one sitting. I love how Carrie Fisher writes, it’s so easy to read, and yet she talks about incredibly important matters. This book is light in times, and grave when it needs to be. I seem to have learnt a lot, both about her, and about what it’s like growing up the child of worlwide famous parents such as Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. She shares anecdotes of her childhood and hadulthood, relationships and friendships, but more importantly, she breaks the taboo surrounding mental illness. Carrie Fisher sufferred from manic depression, which means she could go through phases of intense despair, and phases of mania, which are quite the opposite and something I cannot begin to describe. And yet she talks about it as something that was just part of her life, just another element that made her who she was, without dramatizing it. And that’s what I really admire about her. She manages to present alcoholism, depression and electroshop therapy as just another eccentricity of her life, when it was also a constant burden, in the life of an amazing person.

“But imagine this though. Imagine having a mood system that functions essentially like weather “- independantly of whatever’s going on in your life. So the facts of your life remain the same, just the emotional fiction that you’re responding to differs.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, is Carrie Fisher talking about bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. And it’s absolutely beautiful.

Before I end this blog post, I wanted to share two additional quotes which I find for the first one, incredible relatable, and for the second one, incredible inspiring:

“I didn’t necessarily feel like dying — but I’d been feeling a lot like not being alive.”

“Resentment is like drinking a poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

That it’s bookworms, I hope you enjoyed, and I most certainly hope you will check out this book if you haven’t read it yet!

You Think It, I’ll Say It: ARC Review


You know those books you rate a medium score and then keep thinking about, months, years later, only to realise you enjoyed them much more than you thought you did at first? And the more you think about them, the more you like them? (Or is it just me?) Curtis Sittenfeld’s book Eligible was like that for me. I read it a while ago, and rated it 3 stars but now I can’t stop thinking about it, and wondering why I didn’t give it a full 5. So anyway, when Netgalley offered me an ARC of her next book You Think It, I’ll Say It, a collection of short stories set to be realeased in April, I gladly accepted without even checking what it was about.

So first of all, thanks to NetGalley and the author for providing me with an ARC of their book in exchange for a honest review, I really appreciate!

Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Genre: short stories, realistic fiction
Release date: April 24th
My rating: ★★★★☆


This collection of short stories is what I would call realistic fiction, or slice of life, a genre that I don’t read a lotf of, but always end up really enjoying because it is usually extremely relatable. It does not have a magical happy ending, but instead, shows hard working characters that can live a life just like you. You think it, I’ll say it has stories about sex, growing up, and mixed opportunities. It shows divorced couples and single moms, among other stories featuring some celebrities, but mostly people just like you and me. I read this book really quickly, and I couldn’t put it down because I always wanted to know what the next story would contain.

Overall, I found the stories relatable just like I like it. My only regret is that it didn’t have more LGBT+ context (because for some reason, I was expecting this). One of the stories is featuring a lesbian couple with two kids which I absolutely loved, this story really spoke to me. And another story contains a character who has all the potential to be ace though this was never stated, so that’s too bad in my opinion, even though it was nice to see different characters.

In the end, yes I would recommend this book. It’s a quick read with relatable characters, and if you have read it, I would love to hear your opinion!

January 2018 Wrap Up


Wonder Woman vol.3: Iron by Brian Azarello ★★★★☆
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher ★★★★★
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins ★★★★☆ (book talk)
You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld (ARC provided by NetGalley, RTC) ★★★★☆
Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée by Simone de Beauvoir ★★★☆☆
Le vrai lieu by Annie Ernaux ★★★★★
30 ans (10 ans de thérapie) by Nora Hamzawi ★★★☆☆
Le Pacte autobiographique by Philippe Lejeune ★★★★☆

Unfiltered: I Talk About Lily Collins’ Autobiography


As some of you may or may not know, I am studying autobiographies and memoirs for my master thesis this year (more precisely, I am working on The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, and Mémoire de Fille by Annie Ernaux). So of course, I have to read more memoirs, more or less similar to those I am studying and one of my latest picks was Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins, which was published in 2017. One of my friends was surprised to hear that Lily Collins had already written a (sort of) autobiography, since she is still in her twenties. However, I do believe books like this one are important, because people in their twenties can relate to them and their authors more than to autobiographies written later in one’s life. Of course, people in their sixties, for example, would have more to say in such a book, but this is not necessarily what everyone needs to read, or what everyone can relate to, which is exactly why I enjoyed this book.

I really like Lily Collins as an actress, but I have to admit I didn’t know much about her. Through this book, she opens her heart to the reader. She talks not only about her insecurities, which is something we all have, but also about her mental disorders, which is something that not only speaks to me on many levels, but also should be discussed more because it is often disregarded and misunderstood. Lily Collins went through anorexia and bulimia as well as anxiety, and she depicts it in a very moving, heartwarming way. To be honest, at the end of the book, I felt really hopeful about my future, which is something that doesn’t happen really often these days, and the very reason why I would definitely recommend this book.

Unfiltered is full of anecdotes, wise words and stories about Collins’ life and her family. It is divided in chapters focusing on different aspects of her life and struggles, from when she grew up, til the time she was filming Okja in Korea, which is around the time she finished writing her memoir. It is full of pictures and inspiring words.

Overall, I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and I definitely think I should reread this one. It’s such a feel-good book, and there are too little of those ♥

Thoughts on the Blackheath Duology


I absolutely love books about witches, but I have to admit I don’t read enough of them. I read a few books by Gabriella Lepore, and really enjoyed them, and now I finally picked up some of her work again, and I’m truly glad I did. This duology had been on my TBR for quite some time, and actually the first book also had been on my kindle for a while, but I only just now took the time to read it, and I don’t regret it. I am so busy with work and classes and my thesis these days, it is nice to have some lighter reads as well.

Book 1: Blackheath
Book 2: Blackheath Resurrection
Author: Gabriella Lepore
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Oftomes Publication
My rating: ★★★★☆

The story:

Maggie is an orphan who lives in the small town of Blackheath, sharing a room in a dorm with her best friend Isla. Blackheath seems to be a pretty boring town, and all Maggie ever has to worry about is being on time in class (and maybe her crush on Joel  Tomlinson, who used to be her best friend… Not that she’ll admit it to anyone.)

Suddenly, a new boys shows up at school, and everyone seems to be enticed with him. Except Maggie. Who suddenly finds herself spending more and more time with Joel, after accusing him of being a witch – which he actually is – in front of the entire class.

My opinion:

My apologies for the very bad summary, I didn’t want to give too much away.

Overall the story is simple, but since managed to surprise me in some great ways. It has magic, and well-developed romance. It also deals with the issues of family and friends which is something I always enjoy in books. It’s well-written and it’s a quick read, so I would definitely recommend it.

The duology is told through two different point of views – Joel and Maggie – which really complete each really well in my opinion, and give the reader a broader view on the story. The plot also contains a “chosen one” trope however I absolutely loved how it was dealt with. It seems typical at first (because you know, it’s a trope we have seen pretty much everywhere from Harry Potter to Percy Jackson) but for starters, the story doesn’t evolve about the chosen one which is an interesting twist, and it also shows that family is valuable even more than chosen ones, however messed up your family can be.

Blackheath and its sequel also contains a very interesting redemption arc which surprised me in the best possible way, and great twists until the end. It was definitely an enjoyable read. As soon as I finished the first book, I knew I had to dive into the second one as soon as I could!

As it seems, I am not able to make a proper review these days, so I will just stop there. If you have read this book, I would love to discuss it in the comments!