Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems in Non-fiction

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic celebrates books that are under-rated, under-discussed, and under-appreciated in specific genres. I’ve chosen a genre that I think fits this as well: non-fiction. There are so many amazing non-fiction books out there, yet so many readers (myself included!) tend to gravitate away from this misunderstood genre. In an effort to try to convince myself and others to read more from this genre, here are ten hidden gems of non-fiction!


Do you have a favorite non-fiction book? Have any recommendations? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!


32 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems in Non-fiction”

  1. Yay for nonfiction! Have you read any books by Roxanne Gay or Yuval Noah Harari? If not I warmly recommend Gay’s Hunger and Harari’s Homo Sapiens and Homo Deus.

    I have read Salt from this list πŸ™‚ It was very fascinating…which maybe is not what I first expected from the book haha

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  2. I really like this list! I don’t read a lot of non fiction either, but I should definitely start picking it up a little more! If I could add one to this list, I would say that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is a good one

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  3. oh man the opposite of loneliness is so good. i love comedy memoirs usually, but recently i read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and But What If We’re Wrong? and i loved both sm!!

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  4. I should have known you’d have How To Ruin Everything on here. πŸ™‚

    I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but I took a creative nonfiction class in high school and was introduced to a lot of great essays. I think the whole genre is pretty underrated, to be honest.

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    1. haha you guessed right πŸ™‚ Also, that creative nonfiction class sounds super interesting. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for one when I get back to campus next year. Are there any essay collections that you would recommend?


  5. Behind The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo is so detailed and forms this story about life in Mumbai that I wouldn’t have known if someone didn’t choose to read this for a recycling project, because the boy makes a living by dumpster diving.
    I tried reading The Zookeepers Wife, and while I liked it, I didn’t read it fast enough to finish before the library wanted it back. I recommend it if you have time to read, but be prepared for information overload.

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