5 Non-Fiction Crime Books on my TBR

If you don’t know, I read a lot of crime! I love it. For some reason, reading about murder and violence is just a good read for me.

Okay, it’s a bit weird. But even stranger is the sheer amount of non-fiction books about crime on my TBR! I thought I’d share 5 of them with you today, and see if you have any more recommendations for me.

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Today’s Monstrous Book Haul

Hello everyone!

Today Natalie and I went to Waterstones and well… I may have bought *some* books. Here’s my book haul!

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The first book I picked up was Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This is a new contemporary that I’ve been really excited about, and I was super in the mood for contemporaries! I’m hoping to get to this one this weekend. It’s about a girl who wants to go to film school but is torn due to her Indian heritage, and what her mum wants from her. When a terrorist attack happens in another city, Maya is faced with Islamophobia from the neighbourhood she’s known all her life. I’m really excited because this is #OwnVoices too.

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The next book I picked up was Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling. I seem to have a thing for witches right now and I am sooo excited! This follows a girl called Alyce who is currently residing in Bedlam asylum – her mother has been executed for being a witch, and Alyce’s powers are beginning to show… Caught between two warring queens – one on the throne and one in the Tower – Alyce has to fight for her life. I’m currently studying Shakespeare too so although I think this is magical realism, it’ll be really fascinating to read something from around the time he was writing!

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The final book I bought in Waterstones today was Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War by John Lewis-Stempel. This is a non-fiction book about WWI and nature – such as soldiers and their relation to horses, the fields that they fought in, and the vermin that they lived with. I was going to get this over Christmas, but held off – but seeing as I picked it up again, not remembering the title until I read the subtitle, and with a different cover, I thought that it would be something that I would really enjoy so picked it up.

That’s all of the books that I picked up from Waterstones today, but I came home to some book mail!

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I bought The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller from The Book Depository, and it arrived today! I actually have this on Kindle, but I’m seeing Madeline Miller at the UEA Spring Literary Festival and often after them the authors do signings, so I really wanted to have a physical copy! I’m so excited to read this: this follows Achilles and Patroclus during the Trojan War, aka a retelling of the Iliad – and they’re lovers! This sticks, I think, close to the story of the Iliad (come on, having read it, they loved each other so much!), and it has incredible ratings, so I can’t wait to read it.

DSC_1099And that’s my book haul! I also grabbed Grave Matter by Juno Dawson from the library, which seems to be a short novella with illustrations about a girl who died and the boy who mourns her. It seems to have a bit of magical realism too.

I really hope you guys have enjoyed this blog post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments below. Once I’ve read them, I’ll be reviewing them on my review blog, Sprinkled With Words, so if you’re interested to hear my thoughts on them make sure to head on over there and give it a follow!

Until the next time,

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Book Review | Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

How to summon success, banish drama, and raise hell with your coven. 

Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman introduce you to witchcraft for the modern witch in this handy little guide. From everything to finding your colours, banishing toxic friendships, and how to handle truly terrible Tinder dates, the girls show you how you can be a badass witch in the modern era with spells, rituals, and just a whole lot of empowerment. 

I’ve recently become really interested in witchcraft, so this book has come at the perfect time for me! It’s a really simple, and plain gorgeous, little guide to the modern witch.  Continue reading “Book Review | Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman”

Book Review | Animal by Sara Pascoe (12/12)

32490576Sometimes I confuse myself. I get wildly and pointlessly jealous. I spend too much time hating my bum. And you know what I hate more than my bum? My preoccupation with my bum. I’ve had sexual experiences with boys I wasn’t really in to, but I got a post-coital crush on them. I’ve ruined the start of a relationship by immediately imagining it going into reverse.

There is so much about my behaviour I want to understand. So I started researching what makes me – and us – tick. And what I read made my eyes fall out of my face.

Reader, here is everything I’ve learned from science about love, sexuality, infidelity, boobs, periods, pubes, broodiness, and clever old fat. Merry Christmas and Hallelujah, suddenly being a woman doesn’t look like such a minefield after all. – from Goodreads Continue reading “Book Review | Animal by Sara Pascoe (12/12)”

It’s All Greek To Me by Charlotte Higgins

TITLE: It’s All Greek To Me
AUTHOR: Charlotte Higgins
GENRE: Non-fiction
PUBLISHER: Short Books
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2008
NUMBER OF PAGES: 254 including extras, 192 otherwise
PRICE: £12.99
ISBN: 9781906021436
GOODREADS
PERSONAL SOURCE: Borrowed from college library
RATING: 4/5


With everything from Achilles’ heel to Pythagoras’ theorem; from Oedipus and his complex to Margaret Thatcher and Thucydides, this book aims to unlock the richness of the Greek world and show just how profoundly it has informed our own. – From reverse of book

Since a young age, I’ve had an interest in the Ancient Greeks (specifically their myths and gods). Last year, I started taking Classical Civilisations, and it satisfied most of my Grecian knowledge… but when I saw this book in the college library, well, I just had to get it out.

This book is told in 9 different chapters, and has around 40 pages of glossaries, Who’s Whos, quotes, where the Greek is in your English, maps and a timeline at the end. Each of the chapters almost feels like its own separate book, and in a sense they are – this book is designed to give you the biggest view of the Ancient Greeks and how they influenced our world. Whilst a lot of people on GoodReads – who, I imagine, quite a lot are scholars – didn’t like this, I actually preferred this. I know a lot of history of Ancient Greece and Rome, but not much about its people, philosophies and I haven’t read many, if any, Greek plays. I enjoyed reading about Sappho, who I didn’t know anything about beforehand aside from her gender, and Socrates’ legacy, and then less about the politics of Ancient Greece, but it was still interesting.

Humour is scattered across the book, too, which gives a breath of fresh air to the otherwise rather-heavy writing (subject wise, it’s not actually as bad as some other scholarly stuff I have to read). However, I definitely liked this as I recently returned another non-fiction book, which the subject matter I really enjoyed, because I just couldn’t force myself to read it.

Overall, I definitely learned a lot from this book, and I would recommend it for someone with a light interest in the Ancient Greeks, philosophy and it’s aimed at young adults, I reckon. I gave it 4/5 stars – the 5 only because some of it I already knew, which, to be honest, isn’t the author’s fault but I felt like some of it was quite elementary (my dear Watson).  I might even buy a copy of this at some point in the future, as it’s one of those books you’d want to go back to. I would definitely recommend this book! (I actually whacked my friend with it after I’d finished it with a stern, “Read this!”)

(Also, isn’t the title great?)