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Non-Fiction November: Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. I’ve just finished an entire month of midterms and other assignments and feel like I need a little breathing room. That’s why I’m so late in posting this, but better late them never 😊

This week’s Non-Fiction November prompt is “be the expert/ask the expert/become the expert.” We can either share three or more books on a single topic that we have read and can recommend (be the expert), ask for book recommendations on a certain topic (ask the expert), or create a list of books on a topic that we’d like to read (become the expert)(Julie @ JulzReadsis hosting it this week and I’m so excited to share my selections with you!

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Be the Expert!

I really like reading non-fiction books that mix the element of essays and of memoirs. I tend to gravitate toward a lot of books that fit into this, especially if they’re written by someone who’s part of a minority. I feel like it’s a great way to peer into their life and understand just how different it is from our.

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran is a compilation of essays mixed with Caitlin’s own personal experience on being a woman in the 21st century. I love all books that deal with womanhood and femininity, so it was a no-brainer that I would love this one. She’s laugh-out-loud funny, has a really unique voice, is super attentive to details, and puts things in a morbidly funny way. If you haven’t picked up this book yet, do it!

You Can’t Touch My Hair & Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson is still one of my favorite non-fiction books. Phoebe writes her experience of being a woman and being African America and explores how those two intersect. The title is very tongue-in-cheek, as is her tone of writing. I loved reading about Phoebe’s life, her rise to comedian stardom, and everything in between. Again, she’s hilarious and a very young voice I absolutely loved to read!

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins is definitely not new on my blog. I constantly bring this book up when I talk of non-fiction and of the African-American experience. I even reviewed it here! Jerkins is a new-found writer for me that I’ll definitely support when she published more books. Her writing is so clever, incisive, and super enjoyable to read. It also helps that this woman represents a lot of things I want to achieve in life. Do yourself a favor, and read this memoir right this second!


As a side note, I really want to read Michelle Obama’s Becoming. The memoir tells the story of Michelle Obama’s childhood growing up in the South Side of Chicago, her life at university, her first meeting with her now-husband, how she juggled motherhood and being the First Lady, and everything in between.

I have listened to several speeches Michelle Obama has given at universities and schools and I adore her personality. If there’s anyone who is hellbent on celebrating diversity, cherishing women and their experiences, and making America healthier. I have no doubt that I’ll love her book of memoirs — all I have to do is wait for the library to get a copy of it!

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Ask the Expert!

I love history more than I love a lot of other topics. Right now, as a part of my Bachelor’s degree, I’m taking American Colonial History classes. I had never looked into this particular time frame, but I’m in love! It has shown me that I need to expand my history-loving boundaries and read more non-fiction history books pretty soon!

Which is why I’m asking you! Do you have any history books suggestions for me? I would love to read about European society in the Middle Ages (particularly Germany) but I’m seriously open to anything that’s not 20th-century American History (I’ve studied that a lot already 😅)

Here are some of the books on my TBR so you get a taste of the kind of history books I’m super interested in:

If it’s not being too picky, the non-fiction history books I love are those that follow social trends, political events and decisions, and show how common people (not just nobles) lived. If you could recommend some (1) Medieval history (2) Russian history (3) German history (4) Indian history books, I’d forever be grateful to you!

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Become the Expert!

This semester, I’m taking a class on the Portuguese history of the book and of reading. I know! Super fun!!! I’m loving it, especially how we learn who read what, how people read, how books were made, and how books circulated in society. Therefore, I’d love to read more books about this topic! Here is my made-up list of book titles for this topic:

  • Womanhood, Reading, and Tucking Your Hair Into a Hat
  • From Lambs to Monumental Codexes: how the codex was made
  • A Traveling Book: borrowing, buying, and ordering books before the 15th century

I am pretty sure this is already a well-established genre, but I can’t find it anywhere! If you have suggestions of books that fall into this category, tell me and I’ll pay you your weight in cookies and brownies!

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Are you participating in the Non-Fiction November? If so, I want to read your blog posts! Do you see any books on this list that you’re interested in reading? How about book suggestions for me? Have a great weekend! 😊🌻

7 thoughts on “Non-Fiction November: Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert

  1. Great ones here, and so comprehensive! I’m reading Becoming right now and it’s wonderful. I also have Secondhand Time on my reading list and I read Unwomanly Face of War earlier this year and loved it, you can’t go wrong with Alexievich. My post this week was memoirs of ordinary people in Russia, maybe some of those would be interesting for you.

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