Summer Holiday Reading Part 2 — Interesting Non-Fiction Books

In the second instalment of my summer reading suggestions, the focus is on interesting non-fiction books. The following selection of titles is an eclectic mix of numbers, diets, soul food, history and biography.

The Filter Bubble : How the new personalized web is changing what we read and how we think by Eli Pariser  This is one of the most interesting non-fiction books I have come across to date. A readable and scary insight into how our online behavior affects the information we retrieve, the offers that come our way, maybe even the way we think …

The Graves are Walking: The great famine and the saga of the Irish people by John Kelly A very readable and moving history of the Irish famine that uses contemporary accounts from a wide variety of sources to bring this period to life.

Manuscript Found In Accra by Paulo Coelho Consolation for the soul from in the form of questions and answers. A book to dip in and out of and perhaps return to in times of sadness or trouble.

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage by Hugh Brewster. More than 100 years on from the loss of Titanic in April 1912, stories of her passengers continue to fascinate modern readers. Brewster focuses on Titanic’s first-class passengers — among them the celebrities of the day — from fashion designer Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon to tennis star, Karl Behr, from President’s aide Archie Butt to artist Frank Millet.

The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. The diet that everyone seems to be talking about this year.

If you enjoyed this selection of interesting non-fiction books, check out this list of holiday fiction.