Nonfiction Swears That Will Change How You See The World

I love a good fiction novel, but there's something so magical about the power of the true story. Reading nonfiction has the ability to transform how we experience the world around us. This past year, I have read some of the most fantastic nonfiction books that have made me think and feel differently. They're about friendships, cleaning, scientific ethics, and countless other topics all wrapped up into a few hundred tidy pages. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Educated, by Tara Westover

This book is simply about the importance of education, which is something many people choose to take for granted. The author wasn’t homeschooled. She wasn’t schooled at all. It’s a fascinating story about overcoming one of the largest barriers in the world — being uneducated. But the author isn’t from a developing nation, she’s from Idaho. These are barriers that still exist here, and now.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The KonMari method took the world by storm, but this gave me something much more than a tidy home. It gave me the idea that the things we buy need to have meaning. If you’re buying things that don’t truly add hope and meaning to your life, you shouldn’t. I have been thinking so much more positivity and long-term focused, and it’s changed how we live our lives and decorate our house!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Rebecca Skloot: 9780307954008: Books

As much as I love fiction novels, every once in a while, I come across a book that changes how I think about the world. When I was a researcher during the final days of my bachelor’s degree, I used HeLA cells in my lab. We knew they were from a woman who died of ovarian cancer, nothing else. We didn’t know her name. Reading this book shows how science often comes at the expense of others, and that we haven’t always bee ethical or compassionate. It’s the one book that I recommend to EVERYONE. It’s a deep journey into the rabbit hole that is medical ethics, based around the woman who is responsible for more scientific breakthroughs than any other.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

This is one of those books that immediately makes you feel like you could be the author’s best friend. Marina Keegan tragically died just after college, but packed so much thoughtful writing into her life. It is about hopefulness and all of the joy that can be found in life. She talks candidly about life, and death, and fills the pages with uplifting words of comfort without feeling trite or overdone.

Into the Wild by John Krakeuer

This book is, simply, about how unforgiving nature is. Growing up in Montana, nature is an ever-present force. I had friends whose cats were eaten by mountain lions. But, growing up in the city, this isn’t a constant reminder. I don’t feel a lot of sympathy for Chris McCandless, but I do think that this book shows how important respecting the power of the natural world is.

At my heart, I'm an educator. During the day, I'm educating teenagers in how to do basic chemistry. At night and on the weekends, I'm educating followers of my blog, EverydayCait in how to upgrade your life and work towards your goals. A little extra time in the week? I'm picking up web design jobs. A girl has to hustle, right? Along the way, I'm constantly sharing the things that make my life better, and I hope they'll make yours better too.