If you’ve followed along here for a while, or follow me on Instagram, you know that I read lots of books. I often get asked for book recommendations, but whenever I mention a nonfiction book, many people give me the “ewww” face and tell me they aren’t interested.
Some of my favorite reads from this past year have been nonfiction books, and if you haven’t read a nonfiction book in a while, summer is a great time to give it a try. Here are some of my favorites that are easy to read, suspenseful, and extremely interesting:
• Being Mortal: So, if I told you this was a book about death and dying, would you still be interested? Hang with me - it’s very good…a real look into what it is like for the older generation who is facing things like nursing homes, hospice, and upcoming death. Written by a doctor, he questions decisions doctors make and how they talk to older patients in medicine today. Not morbid - instead, very eye-opening.
• The Smartest Kids in the World: I think everyone knows that American students are not scoring as well as many other countries in the educational realm. A journalist looks into why this is, traveling to different places, as she learns about the top-scoring countries. She delves into how and why other countries do so much better than Americans. Fascinating look at our educational system!
• Five Days at Memorial: Anyone who hangs out with me has heard me talk about this book in the past few months. I loved it! Detailing the horrific conditions in a New Orleans hospital after Katrina, and the decision some doctors made to euthanize patients, it read like a mystery novel to me. It’s a tad longer than some, but worth it.
• Just Mercy: A lawyer who works to help those on death row, this book was shocking to me in so many ways. I learned so much about how our legal system works (or can fail to work) in death row incarcerations. It was also a wonderful book about compassion and what one man can do to help another. Really great read.
Have you read any good non-fiction books recently? What would you add to this list?