Non-Fiction Books By Kick Ass Females

Female Books

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

November 12, 2016
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  • Reply LaaLaa

    I have that Mindy book and this is a reminder of what I’ve got to get through xo

    November 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Christine Dodd

    Caitlin Moran is one of my favourite columnists and I follow her on twitter too – I must get her book.

    November 13, 2016 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Leah Shafik

    I haven’t read any of these and now I really want to – I love kick ass females so I should definitely invest in these. x

    November 13, 2016 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Anthea

    I love the new wave of strong women writers talking straight about what it’s like being a woman.

    November 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Milly

    I really enjoyed Yes Please, definitely found it really inspiring! Want to read Mindy’s book too!

    November 13, 2016 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Ooh thanks for all of the recommendations. I really want to try Yes Please xxx

    November 14, 2016 at 2:26 am
  • Reply Elizabeth

    Sounds like some interesting reads, these! I wanted to broaden my literary horizons years ago and began working my way through the BBC Big Read Top 200. That list really introduced me to genres I never would have picked up before, and I found some new favourites in there.

    November 14, 2016 at 6:41 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      That is such a good idea. I’m forever sticking to similar genres and I’d love to do something like this. Although 200 might take a long while! x

      November 14, 2016 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I’ve heard so many great things about Amy Poehler’s book – I’ll have to give it a read soon x

    November 14, 2016 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    These sound like interesting reads I don’t get to read much other then the kids homework diaries at the moment.

    November 14, 2016 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Helen Costello

    I went through the stage of wanting more than female romance fiction a few years ago and have never looked back. Any Poehler is on my TBR pile too. For some reason, I just didn’t quite take to Caitlin Moran – Hope you enjoy it better.

    November 15, 2016 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Bex Smith

    I am still yet to read any of these despite the majority already being on my list. Must get to them! I have read one on your to read list though

    November 15, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    I rarely read non-fiction but really fancy the Lena Dunham book after reading this post! Thank you for the review xx

    November 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Jessica Dearnley

    These sound great and definitely my kind of books to read. Girl Boss is also on my to read list.

    November 16, 2016 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Sam Bresnahan

    These are the types of books I would read, great reviews and will be looking out for them

    November 17, 2016 at 10:31 am
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