A Non-Fiction a Month is a reading project for people who want to read more or at least one non-fiction book a month. I love non-fiction books, and whenever I read one, I promise myself to read more. After a while, I forget all about it and, end up rereading fiction. Don’t get me wrong; I love fiction! But, I think that non-fiction books are like superfoods for our brains, and we have to nurture them more often. Learning new things with books, especially if they are beautifully written, is a fascinating experience.  

There’s nothing quite as exciting or moving as the very finest literary nonfiction.

Catherine Jinks
A Non-Fiction a Month

I’m really interested in the new nonfiction. I think the hyper-digital culture has changed our brains in ways we cannot begin to fathom.

David Shields

So I’ve decided to read at least one nonfiction a month from now on. To keep up with my reading, I’ve created this reading project so that you guys can discover fascinating non-fiction books and recommend me titles as well. I’ll try to read as diversely as I can. I’ll be reading memoirs, biographies, commentaries, diaries and a lot more! From travel writing to popular science and nature writing to psychology there is a lot I’m eager to discover. I must say I will be reading a lot about art and artists’ lives So stay tuned and please share your favourite non-fiction books with me. 

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a non-fiction a month

Nonfiction, and in particular the literary memoir, the stylised recollection of personal experience, is often as much about character and story and emotion as fiction is.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Looking for inspiration?

If you are looking for inspiration, you can check out these fantastic lists and find a book that will pique your interest.
Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction
Robert McCrum’s 100 best nonfiction books of all time
All-TIME 100 Nonfiction Books


OctoberA Tokyo Romance – Ian Buruma
November: The Pillow Book – Sei Shonagon
December: Solitude – Anthony Storr
The Art of Asking – Amanda Palmer

We like nonfiction because we live in fictitious times. 

David Shields


January: Philosophy in the Garden – Damon Young
A Field Guide to Getting Lost – Rebecca Solnit

February: A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
Flaneuse – Lauren Elkin
To See Clearly, Why Ruskin Matters – Suzanne Cooper

March: A Very Easy Death – Simone de Beauvoir
Art – Laurie Schneider Adams

April: The Great Economists – Linda Yueh
Morning – Allan Jenkins
The Beauty of Everyday Things – Soetsu Yanagi

May: The Bells of Old Tokyo – Anna Sherman
Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World – Helen Bynum

June: The Way We Eat Now – Bee Wilson
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
Civilisations – Mary Beard

July: Genius Foods – Max Lugavere
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

August: Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker

September: The Mind-Gut Connection – Emeran Mayer
The Plant Paradox – Steven R. Gundry

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