My reading habits seem to have evolved slightly over this year and I am no longer purely reading romance fiction novels and wondering why every book ends the same. I wanted to push myself to read some non-fiction books as I find they can more emotive and build character a lot more. While I have nothing against reading male memoirs/ biographies I relate better and thus seem to enjoy those written by females even more so. Here are a few picks of non-fiction books written by kick ass females.
Mindy Kaling- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
I absolutely love the Mindy Project and think Mindy Kaling is a genius as she’s both hilarious and incredibly talented. The book pretty much read like how I’d imagine it would be sitting down in a coffee shop and chatting to Mindy. She’s honest – sometimes brutally so – and just so damn truthful when she talks about being a woman, worrying about weight and relationships and one night stands. It was such an easy, reasonably quick read as well it’s one of those you’ll find easy to pick up for a few minutes before bedtime.
You Don’t Have To Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent
This was a whim purchase I picked up at The Strand bookstore in New York after thinking the cover looked interesting and I am so glad I picked it up. The book talks about Alida’s difficulties with bulimia, whether the ‘perfect’ body exists, the highs and lows of her sex life and various other areas. Alida is a really interesting writer and it was great to read more from something who isn’t your typical white middle-class woman.
Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Denham
I am going to hold my hands up and admit I’ve never seen Girls so I had no real idea of Lena before picking up this book other than loads of women raved about her and this book seemed like the holy grail of feminism memoirs. I love how open Lena is about her sexual encounters, her body, being self-conscious about the way she looks and feminity. A lot of women who write books like these tend to be quite open with what they write about but Lena took this to another level and I found myself nodding my head and agreeing with so many things she said.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I haven’t quite finished reading this book but I couldn’t not include this within my picks. Amy is another comedian come actress who has more affiliations to shows and movies than I even realized. Yes Please is quite a long book compared to other memoir style books by people within the same field as Amy but everything she writes seems so effortless (even though she talks about how much struggled writing the book). It talks about relationships, comedy, the industry, divorce, children and because Amy is a little older the book seems that bit more honest. She is effortlessly funny and the book has been a pleasure to read thus far.
On to my read list: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran/ Bossypants by Tina Fey/ Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso