There are very few things that are better than being completely engrossed in a really great book. I’ve challenged myself to read 4 books a month but really what that means is I’ve challenged myself to always be reading something.
I usually reach for fiction, but I love a book that makes me laugh or that teaches me something, or that inspires me with real stories.
Here are three non-fiction picks that I thoroughly enjoyed and which are perfect for the end of Summer–lighthearted, funny, and really, really interesting.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Why I loved it: Allie Brosh, writer of incredible humor blog, Hyperbole and a Half, wrote a book of the same name and I will tell you, at times I was crying I was laughing so hard. It’s a fun book that is really, really funny.
Why you should read it: Allie Brosh is unfailingly honest. She tells stories of her childhood, of her bouts with depression and anxiety, and about her two dogs, all of which are injected with a good dose of humanity and a heck of a lot of humor. Read it for the dog stories alone–you won’t be sorry.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Why I loved it: I knew Mindy Kaling from her celebrity-gossip-monger character Kelly Kippur as well as the writer, sometimes-director, and executive producer of The Office. But you knew all of that. She’s also a talented writer, comedian, Boston native, and all around boss. I loved her book because it was a refreshing, unapologetic, and honest look into her life. She’s really into shopping, and she doesn’t care if you like it.
Why you should read it: Mindy herself calls it a beach read–and it is–but in the best way. It’s enjoyable and it’s funny, complete with stories, advice, lists, and a spot-on commentary on celebrity styling if said celebrity doesn’t look like Kate Moss. If you like The Office, or The Mindy Project, or smart, capable, funny women in general, you’ll love this book.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Why I loved it: Duhigg writes non-fiction the way I like to read non-fiction: he conveys his meaning through case studies, real-life stories, and then supports it all with scientific research. If I’m reading and learning something new, but feel like I’m reading a novel, that’s a good thing. Plus, the topic, habits and why we have them, is eye-opening.
Why you should read it: Because it’s interesting! Duhigg explains, through real-life examples and research, why we make the choices we make. He writes about eating habits, the cleaning supplies we buy, and how addiction can take root in our lives, and shows how the simple formula of trigger-action-reward really does rule our brains. It’ll change the way you look at your simple, everyday actions. I like books that can do that.
Two funny books to help you relish the last lazy days Summer, and one that’ll teach you something, because not everyone goes back to school in September. Now tell me, what are you reading? Share! Share!
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