If your taste in books is anything like ours, then you tend to gravitate toward fiction during the summer months. We've been known to reach for page-turning thrillers, engrossing romances, and riveting mysteries that keep us on the edge of our beach chairs when we're packing our beach bags. But now that summer is officially over, we're shelving our beach reads and picking up books with a bit more substance.
Because the shift in seasons calls for a revised reading list, we've rounded up some of the best nonfiction books of 2017 (so far). Whether you're looking for inspiration, motivation, or to learn from someone else's experiences, we're recommending reads that range from side-splittingly hilarious to eye-opening and insightful. After all, reading nonfiction is an exercise in empathy, offering an invaluable opportunity to see the world from someone else's perspective, which in our book, is something we could all use more of.
Ahead are eight life-changing nonfiction books everyone should read this year.
Samantha Irby's collection of essays will have you in stitches. Trust us, her hypothetical Bachelor application will make you laugh so hard you'll cry.
In this aptly named book, Katy Tur, a correspondent for NBC News, chronicles her experience covering the unprecedented 2016 presidential election.
In this collection of personal essays, Scaachi Koul offers sharp, honest, witty observations on life as a woman of color. Fans of Roxanne Gay should add this read to their bookshelf stat.
This collection of straightforward advice about making a living as a writer from the likes of Cheryl Strayed, Austin Kleon, and Jonathan Franzen is required reading for published and unpublished writers alike.
Compiled from Joan Didion's personal diaries, this short read is essential reading for anyone who wants an unfiltered glimpse into the mind of one of America's greatest writers.
Co-authored by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, and Adam Grant, psychologist and distinguished Wharton professor, Option B offers a look at coping with life's various setbacks (aka when option A is not available).
A lot of proverbial ink has been spilled praising Ariel Levy's memoir. Drawing comparisons to Cheryl Strayed and Nora Ephron, Levy's writing is filled with equal parts heart and humor.
Shawn Wen pays tribute to the incomparable French mime Marcel Marceau in this extended essay that touches on the personal and professional life of the famously silent cultural icon.
What's on your reading list? Tell us in the comments below.