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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Some new books | Non fiction.

I woke up this morning and thought it was Monday (one day closer than expected to the weekend!), then checked my emails and learned that I got 84% on my last essay. Today is proving to be a good day all round, so I thought I'd carry on with the good vibes and make today's post book related because they're my favourite!

My time at University will be coming to an end next year, at least until I can scrape together enough pennies to fund an MA. Part of me is really quite sad about that, but another part of me is looking forward to reading books without having to write an essay about them afterwards, or analyse them so intently that I begin seeing things in the text that probably wasn't even a big deal to the author when they were writing it. Sometimes the curtains are just blue because the author likes the colour blue, you know?

I suppose I was mostly sad because I really love to learn new things, but thankfully non fiction is a thing and there are books about everything! I don't think I'll be running out of new knowledge sources, well, ever and that's more than okay with me! A recent Book Depository splurge resulted in the addition of three new books to my shelf...

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
An interesting collection of questions, including what makes the perfect parent & how your name can affect how well you do in life, are answered from the perspective of an economist, proving that everything can (& in many cases, probably should) be questioned.

My repertoire of awkward small talk has undoubtedly doubled after reading this and although I'm sure the data can probably be used to interpret some of the questions in different ways, the arguments throughout are incredibly compelling and thoroughly presented. Ever wondered why drug dealers often live with their mothers? Freakonomics can tell you!

No Logo by Naomi Klein
Someone recommended (I can't remember who, if it was you - thank you!) that I take a look at some of Naomi Klein's work and No Logo was the first that jumped out at me. Detailing the insidious practices and far-reaching effects of corporate marketing, Klein tells a story of rebellion and self-determination in the face of our new branded world.

I can't convey how much I'm looking forward to getting stuck into this one. Everything is branded and I know that I have often found myself thinking that I 'need' a particular thing after seeing an advert because it will somehow enhance my life, when in reality it really wouldn't at all. I think this will be an interesting read.

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
The second Klein book I was drawn to is The Shock Doctrine. 'Around the world there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos; exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors.'

I'm around a hundred or so pages in and this will be one I will be dipping in and out of for the foreseeable future. John Le Carre is totally spot on with his quote on the front - it is scary as hell! It's proving to be incredibly interesting, but it's not one that I could read in large chunks because it's pretty heavy going - the stories of torture in the first chapter alone will probably stick with me for a long time.

Are you a reader of non fiction?
If you have any recommendations I would love to hear them!

- xo

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  1. Jennie, I really love your posts about books!!! <3 Yesterday night I've done the A-Z bookish tag post in my blog, obviously inspired by you, if you want to have a look!;)

  2. Naomi Klein's book sounds really interesting. I'm definitely going to buy this one some day.

  3. I'm a fan of both non-fiction and fiction, although I tend to read more non-fiction thanks to my degree. My lecturer told us about No Logo last year, and I'd really like to read it as globalisation (and branding) is one of my research interests.

  4. I felt the same way when I finished my uni this year,
    I love reading all hard uni stuff and to update my
    knowledge, but I guess you have to let go at some
    point. We have a different scoring system but
    84% mark sounds pretty good! Thanks for the
    book recommendations! Xx

  5. Congratulations on your essay result - that is brilliant! I'll have to add some of these to my ever-growing list! xxx

  6. I've definitely heard of Freakonomics somewhere else before and I'd really love to read it someday. I also love the sound of No Logo, I'm always so on and off about whether I am into or totally against branding and I love seeing others views about it!

  7. Though I'm a huge reader of fiction I'd like to try non fiction too. I'd like to delve into Freakonomics.
    My life has been bogged down with essays currently. As soon as this thing is over, I shall get back to reading. Thanks alot Jennie.

    1. It was a really interesting one, easy to dip in and out of too! xo

  8. I've recently been working on Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything' campaign so it gladdens my heart to see you're getting stuck into her other books, Jennie! Interested to see what you think of them + Freakonomics. And congrats on that great essay result - hope it bolsters your confidence for the year ahead :) x

    1. That's on my list too, but I thought I'd start with these! xx


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