One of my reading goals for 2016 was to read more nonfiction. So far so good! I like going back and forth between fiction and nonfiction, and cover a variety of topics. Reading nonfiction can be super fun as well as educational. Pick a topic you’re interested in, and I’m sure there is a book out there on the topic! Here are a few of the nonfiction books I’ve read in the past that I loved and would recommend to anyone!
Teach Yourself: Your favorite libation.
The Spirit of Gin by Matt Teacher
I’m a huge gin fan, and an even bigger one after I read this beautiful book and learned more about the spirit. Learning the history and modern life of gin really opened up my world, and now I find myself wanting to try all the gin I can! The Spirit of Gin is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.The pictures and lay out are so pleasing to the eye. This book focuses solely on gin, but if gin isn’t your cup of tea then look for a book on your favorite drink! There is really awesome literature out there now on everything, and some great recipe books too.
Teach Yourself: Safe Skincare and Makeup
No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt
A few years ago, when I first started getting into natural skincare and beauty, I read a few books on the topic. I found No More Dirty Looks to be the perfect companion on my green beauty journey. It’s a great book to read, but also a great reference for the future. It’s packed with guidelines on what to look for in your beauty products, what the harsh chemicals can do to your body, and recommendations for products to buy. Every once in awhile I pick it up again for a refresher.
Teach Yourself: How to eat right.
Food Rules by Michael Pollan
Food Rules isn’t my favorite book on the food world, but it is the smallest and quickest, so it’s a great book to recommend. Michael Pollan is a genius, I love him. Here, he put together quick rules about what to eat and what not to eat. It’s a great starter if you’re looking to eat healthier, plus it’s purse sized! After reading this, you can go onto Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of my favorite all time reads.
Teach Yourself: How to be a lady, on the cheap.
Bubbly On Your Budget by Marjorie Hillis
This book is just too cute for words, and a really fun read if you’re interested in vintage clothes. Bubbly on Your Budget was originally written in 1937, but I find some of the advice can still hold true today. The whole idea is how to drink champagne, have nice clothes, buy fancy flowers, host dinner parties, ect., but all on a budget. It’s great advice for those who don’t make a lot of money, but still want to live fabulously!
Teach Yourself: A feel good story.
Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
Now for a cute one! I love reading nonfiction books that tell stories, and one about a cat? Who could pass that up. Dewey was a cat at a library in Iowa that changed a community. I love cats and I love books so it was the perfect combo for me. This is a light hearted, but emotional story that I think a lot of people would enjoy.