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How to start reading nonfiction

We all love a romance novel with a fairytale ending, and it's great when a mystery book leaves you surprised at every twist and turn. But if you've been avoiding *that* corner of the library, you're missing out on some seriously stellar books. Yep, we're talking about the nonfiction section.

The last time you visited the nonfiction section was probably to check out a book on killer whales or the Boston Tea Party for a history report. There is so much more the nonfiction section has to offer—if you know where to look. Let us guide you with some ways you can get a groove with nonfiction.

Learn about someone you look up to

Newsflash: Your fave celeb may have their own book. Whether it's someone you look up to as a role model or someone you've been a fan of since *forever*, reading a book from your fave can be a nice break from staring at their Insta. Plus, your role models give some pretty great advice.

Backstory: My Life So Far by Avani Gregg

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen By Jazz Jennings

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles

Find out the history of your hobbies

Reading about Abraham Lincoln and the Wright brothers is interesting for sure, but some of the most fascinating history isn't taught in the classroom. Learning about the history of your fave sport or hobby can help you grow a new understanding and appreciation for your passions. Learning is a lot more fun when you're learning about things you love!


Champions of Women's Soccer by Ann Killion


An Illustrated History of Filmmaking by Adam Allsuch Boardman


Fashion: The Definitive Visual Guide from the Smithsonian

Become your own favorite teacher

As much as we love learning on the go, reading a book about your brand new hobby can seriously help you get set up for success. Whether you're trying to learn to sew or code your own website, there are countless books to help you hone your new skill. Reading a book before jumping into your new passion project can give you a basic understanding of everything you need to get started.


The Ultimate Guide to Selling on Etsy by Noelle Ihili and Jeanne Allen


Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Alison Smith


Become an App Inventor by Karen Lang and Selim Tezel


Cake Decorating for Beginners by Rose Atwater

What's your fave non-fiction book? Tweet us at @girlslifemag!

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by Camille Duplechain | 6/22/2022
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