Top 10 Nonfiction Books to Read this Summer!

What do you like to read? Literary fiction? Mystery? YA? Is non-fiction on that list? Well, it should be! Even if you aren’t an avid reader of the “truth” genre, The Savvy Reader has a Top 10 list for you to get started on. What better time to pick up a new book than now, after the beautiful weather we had over the long weekend? Head outside with one of these fascinating, informative, and fun reads!

Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford

Internet sensation Kelly Oxford wrote a book. It’s a memoir. It’s is a series of short essays about her life. Her life is funny. Her life is humourous. You will laugh out loud in public while reading this book, so be warned. Oxford is a hilarious blogger and a master of Twitter. Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar is a must-read for anyone who enjoys witticisms, candor, and ridiculous adventures.

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

In the non-fiction world, Mitchell Zuckoff is a big player. He’s the professor of journalism at Boston University and has previously published the New York Times Best Seller Lost in Shangri-La. Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II tells the tale of three deadly plane crashes near Greenland during WWII. The reader delves into the story told from the perspective of the survivors that lived in the Arctic for 148 days before they were rescued by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen. Then the perspective shifts to a present day investigation into crash locations and the wreckage left behind. Read this if you enjoy history and harrowing survival stories.

The Way of the Fight by Georges St-Pierre

This is the memoir of French-Canadian mixed martial artist (MMA) Georges St-Pierre. He is currently ranked #1 welterweight and has been awarded Athete of the Year by Rogers Sportsnet. Okay, so maybe you don’t watch MMA and have no idea who this guy is. It doesn’t matter though—this memoir is about more than the fight. It’s about St-Pierre’s upbringing and his challenges with bullies and how he learned karate to protect himself. It’s about his struggles as a garbage collector before he became a fighter. And he is more than a fighter—he’s a martial artist. This book will inspire you and give you great insight into St-Pierre’s mind. You don’t have to like MMA to like this book.

The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World by Nancy Jo Sales

The Bling Ring has been turned into a movie by Sophia Coppola and will be released in June. What better way to prepare but read the book? The Bling Ring is the true crime story of a bunch of wealthy teenagers living in Hollywood who robbed more than $3 million dollars’ worth of clothing and jewelry from celebrity’s houses—Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton, to name a few. Vanity Fair reporter Nancy Jo Sales investigates why a group of rich kids would rob celebrity houses, and how they did it. Oh, and in the movie, Hermione Granger plays the group’s ringleader. Fascinating read.

Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox

This memoir is a must-read for anyone who was the least bit interested in the 2007 trial of Amanda Knox, a 20-year-old American living in Italy who was accused of killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher. In 2011, she was acquitted and went home to the United States after a four year ordeal of media scrutiny and being imprisoned in Italy. There have been other books about this case, but only one has been written by Amanda Knox.

Unsinkable:  A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway

Here is another memoir straight from the source: in this case, famous film legend and icon, Debbie Reynolds. The triple-threat “America’s Sweetheart” writes about her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor, the intricacies of her marriage and children, and what it was like to be an actress during Hollywood’s Golden age. A must-read for film, old Hollywood, and Reynolds fans.

Liberace Extravaganza! by Connie Furr Soloman and Jan Jewett

Liberace was a performing legend, known for his flamboyance and flair. Liberace Extravaganza! by costume designers Connie Furr Soloman and Jan Jewett is a photo collection of Liberance’s famous and noteworthy costumes: from the time of him being a young boy spanning to the time of his “electric” costumes which were fastened with light bulbs and weighed 25 pounds. What better way to remember this legendary entertainer than through the clothes? Love photography, entertainment, and cheese? Pick this one up.

The Gold Mine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performance By Rasmus Ankersen

In this six-month journey, Rasmus Ankersen (an ex-football player) travelled the world’s talent gold-mines. He went to South Korea, which produces so many talented female golfers; he went to an Ethiopian village that produced some of the world’s best marathon runners. He went to these places to discover why these talent phenomena happen and how we can apply that golden knowledge to our everyday lives.

The Will to Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding by Robert Herjavec

Written by former co-star of CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and current co-star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank Robert Herjavec, this business book explores how to achieve success. There is one simple rule: reject mediocrity. “Good enough” is never good enough. He interviews celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, George St-Pierre, and Celine Dion and draws from his own life experience. Want to improve yourself and be a more successful, driven person? This one is for you.

Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun by Daphne Oz

Daphne Oz is the best-selling author of Dorm-Room Diet and co-host of ABC’s lifestyle show The Chew. Now that her credentials are out of the way, here is why you should read this lifestyle/cookbook: it will enrich your life. Oz offers up great tidbits and delicious recipes for “relishing” your food. There is also a section on style and life with great insight for maximizing your health and happiness. Relish is an well-rounded book with photographs and inspirational ideas to the make the most of your life.

As always, we’d love to hear what you think of the titles that we’ve suggested! Let us know your favourites by commenting below or tweeting @SavvyReader.

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