The Non-Fiction Shows & Books You Should Try

9 February 2020

Lately, I've seen a real shift in the kinds of shows and books I'm attracted to. Whereas once, it was all about the rom-coms, the comedies and the drama, my interests have definitely changed. Nowadays, I'm very much into non-fiction, real life, documentaries, series and books. I don't know why; it could be studying Economics, or History, that has amplified my interest in the real world, but I've found myself way more attracted to these genres. Hence, I've compiled a list of some of my all-time favourite non-fiction books/films/series!


I'm pretty sure I've rambled about how much I enjoyed this book at some point, but feel it to be worth another mention. It's basically a compilation of the diary entries of former junior doctor, Kay, depicting life on the hospital wards. It's hilarious, thought-provoking but heartbreaking all at once, and definitely opens your eyes to the realities of being a doctor. A must-read, for sure. It's perfect for dipping in and out of whenever you get chance, and doesn't require any significant 'getting into' in order to enjoy it.


Okay, so I started with Sapiens and am currently approaching the end of '21 Lessons', but Oh. My. God. As cliché as it may sound, these books have changed the way I look at everything. I've always been interested in the 'ins' and 'outs' of human behaviour, but these books provide a perspective that I think most have never considered. 'Sapiens' depicts the development of the human population, from the very beginning of time until recent years, whereas '21 Lessons' discusses the state of humanity as of now, in the 21st century. Harari also has a third book, 'Homo Deus' that, strictly speaking, comes before '21 Lessons', but in all honesty, you don't have to read the second to understand the third. All I'm getting at is, if you get the chance, give these a go.


And with that, onto shows. I believe this docuseries was released around mid-December, and it basically blew up on the Internet. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but wow, was I hooked. This 3-part series depicts an 18 month search for a killer over the Internet, stemming from a series of disturbing videos uploaded onto Facebook and Youtube. It explores the darker side of the online e world that I feel many haven't even fathomed before. If you're looking for something gripping to watch either in the background or whilst doing other things, this is the perfect watch. The thing that got me was the power that the Internet can have. You don't quite realise the lengths people go to until you watch something like this. Plus, I don't usually ever go back and watch documentaries like this, but I've found myself going back to this one quite a few times now. 


This show, besides a few incredibly corny intro shots of detectives (if you've seen this, you'll know what I mean - it's hard to explain), is right up my street. The show depicts three investigators analysing the forensic evidence of some of Britain's most high-profile crimes. They explore the body language, words and evidence against those attempting to cheat the justice system. The show is a good one because, normally, you see the details surrounding the case, before, during and afterwards, but there's never any in-depth analysis of how people's own actions incriminate them. 


I'm sure most people are familiar with both this case and the recent Netflix series surrounding it, but this series is seriously one to watch. I had an awareness of the Bundy case beforehand, but listening to the police recordings of Bundy adds a whole new dimension to the perspective of the case. To be honest, you can see just how Bundy evaded the police for so long; having all the traits of your average person, it makes you really analyse what a criminal actually looks like. 

So, there you have it! All I'm saying is, if you get the chance, and you're a fan of these genres, give these a whirl if you haven't already.


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