Monthly Wrap-up/TBR

Non Fiction Books Everyone Should Read

I love reading non-fiction books, but unfortunately I don’t read as many as I’d like too. You can learn so many amazing and wonderful things, or experience great tragedy and loss.

Here’s a few of the non-fiction books I have read and loved, and a few that I’m excited to read!

Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson

This book gives such amazing insight into the history of Apple, and who Steve Jobs was. He was a very strange man, but a truly remarkable one. Steve Jobs was an asshole, a crazy hippy, a genius, a terrible person, a visionary who changed the world. This book explores all the different sides of Jobs, and how the tiny company that started in a garage, turned into one of the most well known companies in the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to look behind the scenes of Apple, anyone who has ever questioned the man behind the company. It is truly an amazing tale.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is an important book. Its very short, but very informative. In today’s world, talking about feminism and equal rights is more important than ever, and this book gives a very good insight into why.

Freedom In Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama by Dalai Lama XIV

Everyone knows who the Dalai Lama is, the idea, a specific one, or part of the story behind them. This is insight into the current Dalai Lama. His life story is truly fascinating and one that I think is important to read, whether you believe in everything he says or not, it’s an integral part of world history. It can be a tricky read sometimes, as he is not a native English speaker, but it flows pretty well and is a very well written and insightful read.

Becoming By Michelle Obama

I could recommend countless of her husband’s books, but there’s something special about reading the story of the United States first POC First Lady. This book dives so much deeper into Michelle’s life than just being Barack’s wife or being the First Lady. Michelle talks about her early years, her initial relationship with Barack, and the struggles they had both politically and personally. This book is a true insight into who Michelle is and every hardship she has faced in her life. It is truly a beautiful story and I learned so much about her and respect her so much more as a person after reading this.

The Nazi’s Next Door: How America Became A Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men by Eric Lichtblau

This book is slightly terrifying to read. It’s about Operation Paperclip – the program in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians came to the US to start new lives after the war. I read a story once about a man who saw the Nazi who tortured him and his family casually walking down the street in his US neighborhood years after the war, the trauma and mental setbacks that the one small sighting put into this man, the pure terror that seeing his torture’s face so many years later put into him. I’m sure this was the case for many, and even if they didn’t know them personally, thousands of American citizens lived next door to families, not knowing the horrible things they did in the war.
Reading this book broke my heart, and gives remarkable insight into what happened to the Nazi’s after the war had ended.

I love all of these books, and they are ones that I recommend everyone should read, regardless of political or religious beliefs.

Now here’s a few that are on my TBR that I’ve heard great things about!

Walt Disney: An American Original by Bob Thomas

I’ve had this one on my TBR for a few years now, and I can’t wait to read it. Walt Disney was not exactly the best person, but he did create one of the largest companies in history (For real, Disney owns like everything these days!). I can’t wait to learn more about the man behind the company, and see Disney’s creation at its origin.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

I want to read this because Hamilton. Thats it.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s life and hardships is something I can’t even begin to imagine going through. I’m curious to read about the struggles he faced, his life story, and his eventual freedom.

Grace Hopper and The Invent of the Informative Age by Kurt W. Beyer

Grace Hopper gets sidelined in history quite often. She was an extremely intelligent and fascinating individual, and if it wasn’t for her, I probably wouldn’t be typing this sentence right now. She is one of the countless women who are forgotten in history, even though she helped change the world. I cannot wait to read this book and learn more about the woman behind the programming.

I have countless more books to recommend or ones I want to read, but we’ll end the list here. There are so many amazing stories out there of some of the most incredible or horrendous people to ever grace this earth. I hope I can encourage at least one person to read one of this great stories.

Do you read a lot of non-fiction? What is your favorite non-fiction book?

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