Let’s Talk Bookish: serious books!

Another week is over and I have not been able to read ONE page. One of my best friends was again staying over because her house is too far from school and I loved our time together, but my reading life suffered – but we had extreme quality time, so no regrets! Anyways, I’m back and will try to read more next week. Today I’ll be discussing serious books: why I read them, my very real struggles, some favorites and some TBR’s! Let’s Talk Bookish is as always hosted by Rukky @Eternitybooks!

Why I read serious/non-fiction books

Let’s get one thing straight first: I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books, sadly almost never and that is one thing I really want to focus on. When I do read non-fiction books, I usually look for the educational factor: I love history and so that’s super easy to combine. But other things would be a biography on an important person, something to do with Law (the subject I wish to study) or politics. I usually take all my knowledge from books and so the educational factor is super big in my life, but other than that I can only read nonfictional books about topics that interest me and not just to say “I read that book”.

The tragic real-life problem with serious books

I have this problem and it is massive and so huge it’s super difficult to overcome: part a) I read for fun and to calm down and I don’t come down when I read nonfictional books and so I can only read them when I’m 0% stressed. part b) for some reason, I can never push through the whole book, even though the topic is super interesting and I’m actually enjoying myself. I usually then get distracted and end up reading a fantasy novel or something. And I hate myself for that.

My favorite nonfictional books I read (or started because my problem is super real)

  1. Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas J. McBride: I actually read the whole book and am super proud of it! It contained advice, some general information on Law, myths and super fun Top Ten lists!
  2. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: one of the best historical books I’ve ever read. It combined biology, psychology, sociology and history in a breathtaking way!
  3. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I haven’t read the whole book, but the part I read was fantastic! Filled with astonishing facts about the Supreme Court, emancipation facts and some great insights to her early life!

The nonfictional books I plan on reading!

  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama: as a great fan, I have to read this! She’s an incredibly inspiring woman and I can’t wait to read what she has to say, how her life looked like when she was young and how she developed into the smart and courageous woman we know today.
  2. How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky: my biggest subject in school is politics and economics and we actually incorporated some thoughts of this book into our lesson and so I’m really looking forward to read this and deal with some interesting and thought-provoking theories!
  3. How not to be wrong – The power of mathematical thinking by Jordan S. Ellenberg: gifted to by my mother’s best friend, a psychology statistics professor, I am super intrigued to read this as my math course in school is one of my favorite subjects and I have always loved solving some equations and problems!

That’s it – I hope you enjoying my post on nonfictional books and my all too real struggles! Tell me: what’s you attitude towards nonfictional book, do you struggle as well or is it easier – how do you deal with nonfictional books and what are your favorites? Happy reading!

Author: Blogger Books

I'm a huge fan of Draco Malfoy, I love scones and tea time, I don't like horror movies and obviously I'm a huge book nerd.

14 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: serious books!”

  1. I totally understand what you mean. I read for fun too and I have to be in a kind of mood to read nonfiction.
    Becoming is awesome and I hope you try the audiobook. Her voice is so soothing.
    I can’t wait to read about RBG 😍😍😍
    And I’m quite interested to see your thoughts on How Democracies Die… I read about 30% of it and while it was so well written and researched, I found it utterly depressing and scary and couldn’t continue 😬😬

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    1. Me too! And ohhh, then I really have to listen to it?! I also recently noticed that there is a Netflix movie on Becoming – maybe I could combine that!? And yes, omg then I’m super intrigued to read How Democracies Die and would looove to chat and hear your thoughts! Happy reading!

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  2. I think it’s great that we can learn from all kinds of books, but I think reading for fun is good too! I almost always just read for fun, and serious books just end up in my TBR because they’re subjects that I enjoy.

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    1. Oh, exact same with me! I really wish to read more nonfictional books though and not just want to read them haha! But I do try to watch documentaries on political subjects or biographies as an approach haha! Happy reading!

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      1. Me too! I really love Diana – her own words, Whitney – Can I be me and Capitalism- A Love Story (very controversial, but awesome!)!
        Do you have any recommendations?

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    1. Thanks SOOO much! And I totally understand both sides! It does have a profound effect, but I can almost never push through…. And I also really want to read more of it and also especially Becoming – but there is a Netflix documentary on the book and so maybe I could easily incorporate that haha! Happy reading!

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  3. The main non-fiction books I read are biographies! I feel like you can learn so much from them, since often they show me different persepctives!
    I really loved listening to becoming! She has such a good reading voice!


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    1. I totally know what you mean! I also love biographies, but as I don’t often read nonfictional books, I usually watch movies or documentaries! And I REALLY want to read Becoming!!! Happy reading!

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