2 Eyeopening Non-Fictions You Need To Read

Sunday, 30 July 2017

As much as I enjoy a good fiction that I can get lost in a story and follow the journey of characters, non-fictions provide me with just as much joy. There's nothing better than finishing a book and coming away with knowledge you didn't possess before. Books are the best way to learn. They can be so enlightening and thought provoking and can give you a real insight into current affairs to deepen your understanding of how the world works. Today I wanted to share two books I found especially informative and eye opening.

If you don't know who Malala is I'll assume you've been living under a rock since 2012, but she's a Pakistani activist for female education that is most known for being the girl who was shot by the Taliban. On Tuesday 9th October 2012, aged only 15, she was shot in the head whilst on the bus home from school. I remember seeing everything unfold on the news and feeling in total shock that a normal teenager had shot purely for being on a school bus; something I did everyday without thinking twice about. 
Nobody really expected her to survive but she was flown from her home in Swat Valley (northwest Pakistan) and after surgeries in Peshwar she was finally taken to a hospital in Birmingham, UK. Although the news didn't present much hope she survived with no brain damage but needed surgeries on her skull to restore her hearing.

Her account of the situation is so emotive and frankly astonishing. It's something I could never imagine myself going through; she's remarkable. Reading her book definitely reminded me of how much I take for granted on the daily. Things as simple as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and access to education regardless of your gender. Since the shooting, her advocacy has grown into an international movement. She is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and has her own organisation called the Malala Fund.
I was so captivated by how powerful her story and think it still holds paramount relevance even now, 5 years on. The book has a mix of pakistani history, politics, and Malala's personal life experiences that give such a vivid insight into her culture and lifestyle. I'm someone who is very open minded and eager to learn about different cultures and religions so I found it so valuable. 

Another thing I loved was the pages of photos that made the whole book even more authentic. They go hand in hand with the collection of memories and family stories that she provides. I think that everyone should give it a read because I strongly believe that with education comes more understanding and tolerance that can really change people's perspective.

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It
I won't lie, this book won't be for everyone but it should be. Although it can be a tough read at times (I did need to google a few words but hey, that's education) it's still superb. As you can see by my Nan's note in the front of the book (she's done this since I was young and it's my fave thing ever) it was gifted to me at a time when I was adamant I wanted to do A-Level Politics. After taking a year out I've since decided not to do politics in September however it's still something that interests me and I understand the importance of learning about it.

The term "establishment" describes how the elite networks at the top of British society protect their own. What I loved about the book was that it emphasised how your class doesn't affect your rights or how valued you are. We are all equal at the end of the day despite our economical positions. The book covers the ins and outs of British politics and Owen spills some serious tea on how and why the system is so flawed. I already knew he was a fantastic writer after so long reading his articles for the guardian but this is so cleverly written and reinforced that for me. His metaphors that explore this idea of a "revolving door" between politics and business shows how deception runs within government officials.

It's a book that taught me a lot and made me change the way I look at politics. It's passionately written too, he's not afraid to ask important questions and he doesn't sugarcoat anything or mince his words which I think is often lacking within politics. No matter what your political views or opinions I think it's an important read for everyone that will make you re-evaluate the current political system.

Have you read either of these? What are your opinions? Do you know of any other books that are real eye openers?

Liv x


  1. Great choices! I remember hearing the news unfold about Malala too, and it's crazy to think about everything she went through, and then compare it to how easy we have it! I really need to pick that book up! Great post girl!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. You need to read it from her point of view, it's insane!! So much respect for her xxx

  2. I read Malala two years ago, and it really opened my eyes and perspectives that nobody should never take education for granted. I've never imagined before how was at the other side of the world, people would just shot a girl who just wanted to go to school. So horrible.

    1. It's horrendous! The book just made it hit home a bit more than hearing about it on the news. Makes you appreciate how lucky you are xx

  3. I am Malala is such a great read! I absolutely loved it. It was so eye-opening and I could never imagine being in that position and having to deal with struggles like that at such a young age xx Nikita

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    1. I think she's incredible!! I could never imagine going through it xx


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