8 non-fiction books to read in 2022

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

George Santayana

Reading is one of the most powerful things one can do.

It doesn’t matter if you choose fiction, non-fiction, poetry, listen to audiobooks or read plays. I’m sure we can agree on that whether you’re currently a reader, or if you need to start!

The thing that I love about reading non-fiction is that you can get the rundown, the key information that people have dedicated their entire lives to figure out.

I think that’s incredible. Utilise their work – don’t just let books gather dust on shelves.

Here are the non-fiction books I’m most excited to read this year. The suggestions come from a range of sources:

  • My brother suggestions
  • The Booktime magazine
  • Found from reviews on the internet
  • Books that I’ve seen while I’ve wandered bookshops

I hope you’ll join me in reading some of these. They may quite change your life!

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Earthed by Rebecca Schiller

A contemporary memoir of Rebecca Schiller who uprooted her life and moved her family to the countryside for peace and quiet. But perhaps that just makes her complex mind louder.

I found out about this book in Booktime magazine and read a small excerpt. It contains some ‘darker’ themes and so potentially not for everyone. But even though I don’t know who Schiller is, I was fascinated by the concept, her and her writing style.

I’ve recently begun reading more memoirs, and more non-fiction in general, and this is definitely one of the next on my list.

Power and Thrones by Dan Jones

An epic account of a thousand of years of history with key ideas of commerce, conquest and Christianity. A book that explores our development and origins to better understand how we move forward.

After all –

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

I think this quote echoes throughout time and is perhaps even more relevant now than ever before.

I love History. I always have done. I thoroughly look forward to starting this book and delving back into subjects I studied years ago.

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

A diary from a Scottish secondhand bookseller…

Need I say more?

I’ve bought this book for one person and bought its sequel, Confessions of a Bookseller, for another.

Something so simple, a diary but written in a humorous way that fully explores the intricacies, and mundanities, of a life centred around books and a bookshop.

Surely a must-read for all booklovers, and something you can pick up and put down.

Buy now: Confessions of a BooksellerAmazon

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Sleep is more important to our mental and physical health than any other factor. More than exercise, diet and wealth.

And while it can be easy to be lured into ‘the hustle’ of working 18 hours a day to reach your goals. This book will change your views and priority on sleep.

I seriously need a better view of my sleep. When I say my sleeping habits are bad – I mean they’re terrible.

I’m looking forward to seeing if this helps! This will definitely be a book to review!

Eat a Peach by David Chang

I first found out about David Chang, founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, by watching his two series on Netflix Ugly Delicious and Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. I loved his raw, unfiltered approach to life and food.

Having loved cooking and food television programmes since growing up

When this memoir was bought for me, I knew I’d love it.

I recently read Chewing the Fat and Stanley Tucci’s new food memoir Taste and knew this would be the next in my food-related reading spree.

Buy now: Chewing the Fat: Tasting Notes From a Greedy LifeAmazon

Buy now: Taste: My Life Through FoodAmazon

Diary of an MP’s Wife by Sasha Swire

Politics, power, money and marriage all rolled into one diary…

Focusing on British politics, Swire uncovers the intricacies of life being married to a senior politician and the political landscape of the UK.

I don’t know much about this book – but I didn’t need to!

I found this while walking around Waterstones, and having seen it a few times before, decided to read its blurb and peak through its pages. While I haven’t really read many diaries before I knew it was one to buy!

And it’s a book you can just pick up and read anytime – we all need a few of those.

Essayism by Brian Dillon

What is an essay? Who are essayists? And why do they write them?

Essays aren’t just those things that you get made to write in school, they are a difficult thing to understand.

Essays are long-form content that are meant to inspire change (or at least that’s my current understanding)

I look forward to reading this book and understanding more about this unique craft. The ability to write something to inspire change and make a difference is fascinating to me!

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

One of the most popular finance books of all time. Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the story of Kiyosaki and his two fathers.

His real dad, who had a job as a teacher, and his friend’s dad (the rich dad) who had more money than most people could ever dream of.

He combines their knowledge to form his own financial advice.

I’ve read half of this book twice

Yes, yes. I know, sometimes I put books down for grand periods of time, but I always pick them back up! And, surely, that’s what matters!

So many of our goals in life require money – knowing how it works is key.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I hope you’ll join me in reading some of these books. I’ll update this post in the future if I write any summaries.

Have you read any of these books? Give me your thoughts on them in the comment section!

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Welcome! I'm Joseph. I'm trying to be a writer! While I could dabble at poetry, attempt and fail at a novel or two or even become an essayist Y'know these are all things I actually want to do... Anyway, that's beside the point. I want to hone my writing, explore my curiosity and share all the wonders of the world that I find with you!

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  • The list of books is interesting. Why we sleep attracted me more. I am struggling with sleep for quite a few years now and I am under medication for depression and sleep. I would love to sleep one day without medicine.

    • Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this post, perhaps you’ll read Why We Sleep and get back to me on your thoughts for the book – I might even include them when I write up the review.

  • Beautiful list of books you’ve listed here. Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a book I have read over and over and referred to many also bought for a few. The book completely changed my perception about money and my journey on Financial Intelligence began after I first read this book in 2019.

    I have since learned that it doesn’t matter how much you make what matters is how much money you keep working tirelessly for you and that is where Financial Intelligence comes in.

    A must read for everyone who wants to Become Rich.

    Thanks Joseph.

    • Thanks for your comment. You have some keen insight into financial intelligence. Perhaps you can suggest some more financial must reads!

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