Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017 (So Far!)
As a follow up from my previous article, I thought I’d name some more of the bestsellers of this year in books. Non-Fiction is a genre that is sometimes overlooked but has some of the world’s most interesting, life changing and hard hitting books. Once again there have been hundreds of books that could have made this list, but I chose a few of the bestsellers of the year so far.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
The debut book from down to earth poetess Amanda Lovelace, this book is one to remember. With poems written straight from the heart, about topics to bring you to tears, this book is definitely a stand out of the year. From the first page until the last, there is no doubt that at least one poem will leave you thinking, and wanting to turn the page to the next emotionally charged and raw poem.
Happy by Fearne Cotton
One of Britain’s most loved presenters has exchanged the glamour of showbusiness with the reality of mental health this year. Describing her own tough times with the ‘black dog’ called depression, Fearne’s true and emotional account of how she learned to be happy is truly amazing. Filled with beautiful illustrations, and self help tools to help you get the best out of life, and beat the struggles in your mind; the fact this book is on this list is no surprise at all.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Written by neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, this posthumously released book recalls the struggles he encountered after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His life is turned around, from being the one saving lives to being the one who’s life is in need of saving. This book is the heartbreaking story of the days before the diagnosis, whilst he studied to be a neurosurgeon, and the struggles both himself and his wife went through in his last months. A truly heartbreaking read, but one with a moving and inspiring story hidden between the pages.
I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart is back with his first autobiography, and if he wasn’t already loved you can be sure he is now. With his hilarious accounts of his childhood up to his time as a much loved comedian, it’s no wonder his book has become so loved. This book will leave you crying with laughter, and also shows the true man behind the comedy, in a fun and relatable way.
My Sister Milly by Gemma Dowler
This emotional account from the sister of Milly Dowler, the tragic victim of serial killer Levi Bellfield, is beautiful. Gemma tells the story of the Milly she loved and the emotions she went through during her disappearance and everything that came after. It’s a powerful book expressing true love between sisters, and definitely isn’t something you will forget anytime soon.
Happy by Derren Brown
A brilliant and entertaining book on how the meaning of happiness is not something that has a particular way of being achieved. Derren looks at the history of happiness and provides in depth self help ways to achieve it. A fun self help book, it’ll make you smile, and could even give you the happiness you’ve been looking for.
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
One of the world’s favourite actress spills all in her new autobiography. Recalling her earliest memories. all the way up to becoming the star she is now, this book is filled with brilliant anecdotes, quotes and the funny quips we love Anna for. It’s a hit for older fans and new fans alike, and is definitely worthy of this list.
Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher
As a full time working mum, Giovanna tells the story of how she journeyed through motherhood, with two little boys. Telling her story of going through dealing with PCOS, and other hardships along the way, this book is such a realistic account of motherhood. It will leave you laughing, and crying as she recalls the wonderful journey that is being a mother.
Hello, Is This Planet Earth? by Tim Peake
He’s one of Britain’s most famous men, and his book didn’t change a thing. Our much loved astronaut expresses in details never revealed before, his account of living up in the International Space Station for six months. Fans of space, and Tim himself have been jumping at the chance to share this momentous occasion with him, and this book allows you to do exactly that. With beautiful images, and awe inspiring words, it’s clear this book will say on the bestselling list for a long time to come.
Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks and his Lean in 15 series has taken the world by storm. From the first book fitness fans and healthy eating lovers were in their element. With his cheap and easy to make meals, and fun workouts that almost completely guarantee to get you feeling fitter and happier, this book climbed the bestselling list days after it was released.
Already it has been a wonderful year for Non-Fiction books, and with the line up ready for the next half of the year, it seems to be getting better. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought, I’d love to hear from you.
Don’t forget to look out for my final post in this set, focusing on the best Fiction books of the year so far!