5 Influential Books (Non-Fiction Edit)

Almost a month ago I shared 5 fictional reads that at some point in my life changed me for the better. Today is the day I speak about non-fiction.

BIGGER PICTURE Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan

Four years back, as I started my university studies, I knew little to nothing about media. Reading and analysing Understanding Media was part of the numerous university projects. I still remember reading it for the first time, cover to cover, being so amazed by world we live in.

CLEAN LIVING  Toxic Free: How to Protect Your Health and Home from the Chemicals That Are Making You Sick by Debra Lynn Dadd

It has been good 2 years since I started being more aware of what I am consuming on daily basis. From food to beauty products, there is something you can do better in order to live a cleaner life. Toxic Free is an informative book, especially if you are willing to learn more about your surroundings.

SELF-ACCEPTANCE –  What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami

If anyone knows me at all, they must understand, I cannot not mention Murakami when it comes to writing about books. Just like his novels, his memoir once again proved me it is ok to enjoy spending time alone, enjoying the silence. I would lie saying it didn’t awake runner in me, however the idea of running vanished rather fast, comparing to my continuous acceptance for quiet me time.

CREATIVITY Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon.

Around this time last year I started seriously considering finally starting writing a blog. My dear friend Rūta from Sanssucre handed me a copy of Steal Like an Artist during one of our weekly coffee runs. I did not love-love the book, but I found it motivating to some extent, right what I needed at the time.

CAPABILITY – Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Another book that did not particularly influenced me, but came to my life at the right moment – job hunting. I tend to underestimate myself in many situations. In most cases, I just stick to the thought “I am not capable of that”, without even understanding it. Lean In was a great eye opener which helped me realise that the skills I might not have now, can be learned.

As a matter of fact I mostly read fiction, it is just a preference I have. However, whilst I was writing this post one thing came up as crystal clear – I need to step up my non-fiction game.