My Current Non-Fiction TBR

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The rainbow effect of these books was completely accidental, hence why the yellow is underneath the green.

I'm a big lover of non-fiction reads, but they're also something I'm prone to stopping reading halfway through and leaving unread for several years after. Three of these books have bookmarks in and I couldn't tell you how long ago it was that I started reading them. It's not a case of not enjoying them, not at all. The length of the majority of these books usually means halfway through I get bored reading about the same subject so need to take a break, then forget to go back to them. 

Over the next few months I'm planning on cutting down my non-fiction physical TBR by finishing the books I've already started, beginning again if I've forgotten what I've already read, or picking them up for the first time. There's quite a variety of subjects here as I often get gifted non-fiction from my Amazon wishlist, which I'll add random books to and forget where I even got the recommendations from. Kingdom of Infinite Space and Smarter Than You Think are two that I definitely don't remember reading about, but definitely asked for.

Women in Antiquity by Charles Seltman - What it says on the tin: women in antiquity.

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor - MacGregor uses historical artifacts and inventions to tell us about the history of the world, from mummies and coins to paintings and credit cards.

The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends by Garry J. Shaw - After learning about the Ancient Egyptians what seems like 100 times at school, I've been fascinated by their worship. After loving Thames & Hudson's publication on Greek and Roman gods, I know I'm going to find this volume informative and very well laid out.

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield - The history of various typefaces and their original uses.

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams - A history of the elements of the period table. Each chapter tells you about the discovery or invention of an element, and details examples of their usages. I read 250 pages of this book on a summer holiday and never picked it up again, unfortunately.

The Kingdom of Infinite Space by Raymond Tallis - This book takes you on a journey around the brain and your senses, talking about what makes the 'self' and the science behind the things that make us 'us', such as blushing, giggling, and crying.

The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film by J. W. Rinzler - I have a Star Trek bookmark in this one like I was purposely trying to piss someone off in the past. This is basically the story of the first Star Wars film and how the series came into being. It's a pretty good read; there are photos and scripts inside to go along with the main text. I don't know why I ever put this down as it was a fascinating story. As far as I'm aware, there's a whole large-size hardback collection of this series now for each film in the original trilogy.

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson - As far as I remember, this is a book that goes against the idea that technology is making us stupid and lazy. I approve.

M x

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