Non-fiction Recommendations!

Hey guys!

Today I will be recommending some of my all time favourite non-fiction reads! I don't read a HUGE amount of non-fiction but I quite like to have a non-fiction read alongside a fiction sometimes! I can't ever just sit and read a non-fiction for huge amounts of time so I find the perfect way to read them is by reading a fiction book too and taking my time with the non-fiction read!

I will start with some books related to mental health! I love reading self-help books or other peoples experience with mental health so they are my go to non-fiction reads!

My first recommendation is Bring Me To Light by Eleanor Segall (kindly #gifted to me by @triggerpub).
The synopsis; 'Eleanor Segall's life was beginning. An aspiring actress and a family girl, she never thought her future would be derailed by mental illness. After a spate of depressive episodes, panic attackks and social anxiety, Eleanor found herself in The Priory at the age of 16. The Diagnosis? Bipolar I disorder. But Eleanor didn't let it stop her for long. Now a successful blogger, journalist, and pillar of the mental health and Jewish communities, she writes about finding recovery and hope after being unwell. Her story of picking herself back up again and surviving against the odds, will resonate with many - and it can help you find light in the darkness too'.

My thoughts: This book is without a doubt one of my favourite non-fiction reads. It was such an insightful, in depth read on Eleanor's experience with Bipolar disorder and social anxiety - it was so eye opening to both. I haven't experienced Bipolar, and do experience social anxiety, so while I could relate to some aspects, I found it equally important to read about the aspects that I don't relate to - so I can understand the disorder better and the experience people have! I find it so important to learn via other people's experiences and this one was really helpful in allowing me to understand better. As well as learning primarily about the authors experience, there are also features of her fathers experiences with mental health too and there were little snippets from the point of view of Eleanor's parents too which really helped to increase understanding! So much was covered in this book, including the authors experience, family experience, the journey of the diagnosis, the different highs and lows the author experienced, the journey through university etc - so many bases were covered! This read is something that will stay with me for a long time, it really touched me and I'm so grateful for authors who are willing to publish their experiences. Such a worthy and important read and I couldn't recommend it enough.

A similar read that I absolutely loved was Depression in a Digital Age by Fiona Thomas!
(kindly #gifted to me by @TriggerPub). 

The synopsis from Goodreads; 'Fiona was your average 80s baby. She grew up without an iPhone, used actual landlines to make calls, and didn't have the luxury (or perhaps the curse) of Facebook during her adolescent years. But though her childhood took place in an analogue world, she found herself suffering from the same problems many young people face today; the race for perfectionism, high levels of anxiety, a fear of success. After an unfulfilling university experience, a stressful beginning in a management career, and a severe case of impostor syndrome, Fiona suffered a nervous breakdown in her mid-twenties. Amongst therapy and medication, it was the online community which gave Fiona the comfort she needed to recover. In Depression in a Digital Age, Fiona traces her life dealing with anxiety and the subsequent depression, and how a digital life helped her find her community, find her voice, and herself'. 

My thoughts: Wow, how relevant is this book right now? Mental health is so important but with the amount of technology and social media we have these days this read is relatable to everybody!! I found Fiona's journey with mental health to be so relatable, and throughout the whole book Fiona was so honest and open. I always struggle to find authors who are completely honest/open but I found that this book really was. It helped me to feel less alone while reading it and I will for sure be referring back to this read when I am struggling. The positives and negatives of social media were really explored and generally how it can be hard to switch off from technology and this of course is so relevant to the majority of people. It really opened my eyes to my own negative social media habits and I really relate to the aspect of ourselves adding more unnecessary pressure to ourselves!! I would recommend this book to ANYBODY, whether you suffer from mental illness or not!

Another favourite non-fiction read that I read fairly recently was Into the Abyss: A Neuropsychiatrist's Notes on Troubled Minds by Anthony David (kindly #gifted to me by @oneworldpublications). 

Synopsis; 'We cannot know how to fix a problem until we understand its causes. But even for some of the most common mental health problems, specialists argue over whether the answers lie in the person's biology, their psychology or their circumstances. As a cognitive neuropsychiatrist, Anthony David brings together many fields of enquiry, from social and cognitive psychology to neurology. The key for each patient might be anything from a traumatic memory to a chemical imbalance, an unhealthy way of thinking or a hidden tumour. Patrick believes he is dead. Jennifer's schizophrenia medication helped with her voices, but did it cause Parkinson's? Emma is in a coma - or is she just refusing to respond? Drawing from Professor David's career as a clinician and academic, these fascinating case studies reveal the unique complexity of the human mind, stretching the limits of our understanding. 

My thoughts: As a psychology student, I knew I would love this one! I really love learning about neuroscience and clinical psychology so I knew this would be the perfect read. It was super interesting, there are different chapters with different case studies on a variety of neurological/psychiatric conditions and it was so interesting and valuable to learn about the individual's experiences with the conditions! It was so insightful to a range of conditions, such as schizophrenia, delusions, hallucinations, bipolar disorder etc. The detailed case studies really helped to add to the depth of understanding. It also wasn't too technical to the point it was hard to understand either so it is perfect even if you haven't studied that subject before. Such an insightful read!!

A recent read as part of the Tandem Collective readalong was The Easy Life by Lynsey Crombie (#gifted). 

Synopsis; 'Learn how to achieve a clean and well-organised home all year round with Lynsey Queen of Clean's The Easy Life. Lynsey's fully-illustrated guide features journalling activities, step-by-steps, entertainment plans, to-do lists and seasonal home management calendars, making your journey to dometstic serenity quick, easy and fun'.

My thoughts: I found this book so helpful! It is sectioned into different seasons and there are different tips to help keep your house clean, decluttered and organised in these seasons. There were so many helpful tips, that all sounded relatively easy too! Nothing in the house got left behind in this book, so it was really helpful in reminding you of different forgotten about places too! I really loved the activities in the book too, the different checklists and declutter challenges really help you to become more organised and is perfectly integrated in the book! The perfect book for cleaning and decluttering with so much information and many activities! Who doesn't love being more organised?!?

Have you read any of these? I would love to know how you found them!