Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Fiction Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet

 Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Non-Fiction Books I Can't Believe I Haven't Read Yet

I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but I have a few favorite authors.  I definitely need to work this list ASAP!

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
I liked the first one quite a bit.  I definitely need to read the follow up. They take two things that don't seem to have anything to do with each other and make the surprising connections between the two using economics.  Very interesting stuff. 

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

I took an Anthropological Linguistic class in college and while I thought the premise was interesting, I hated the teacher.  But we read one of Steven Pinker's books (The Language Instinct) and it was really fascinating.  I would love to get around to reading this other book.  I love exploring the idea of how language shapes culture and vice versa.  Super interesting stuff.

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
I loved Anthony Bourdain's tv series and I find him an interesting character.  I think this would be a very entertaining book because I know Bourdain won't hold back on his opinions.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend
I've been meaning to read this book for years.  YEARS.  There is really no excuse.

A People's History of the United States

I've always been interesting in the "other" history - the ones from different ethnic groups, minority groups, immigrants, etc.  I think it helps to understand a much broader view of the world and it will make you realize how things are rarely as black and white, winner vs loser as they appear.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

I've read a couple of Roach's books and really enjoyed them.  I really need to work through her back catalog.  I've heard this one is one of her best.  But you'll see her others on the list too.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
The thing that I really like about her books is the anecdotal narration style.  I like how she puts herself into the research role.  I can only imagine how this book would go. 

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

The last book in her back catalog I need to read.

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Devil in the White City was such a good book.  I've read a couple of Larson's other books and they have been pretty decent too.  I've heard really good things about this one.

The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
I read Sam Kean's first book, The Disappearing Spoon, and recommend him on making a subject I'm not generally interested in (chemistry) and making it fun and interesting.  Here he explores DNA and genetics.



  1. I haven't read any on your list. I didn't care for the first Freakonomics book, but I do want to read something by Mary Roach sometime.

  2. I don't read a lot of non-fiction either (thought I've been reading more lately). I've wanted to read Freakonomics and Stiff too.
    Stefani @ Caught Read Handed

  3. I need to read a couple of these books so bad!!! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday if you wanna check it out :) http://bookbabble.weebly.com/blog/top-ten-tuesday1



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