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#NonficNov: Be the Expert

#NonficNov: Be the Expert

This week, Nonfiction November is hosted by JulzReads.

Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

Be the Expert – Biology

Whilst I am far from an expert in biology, it is the topic I seem to read the most of when it comes to non-fiction. I’m generally fascinated at how the human body works. It’s amazing we’re all here, reading the internet, when you think about it!

The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
by Sam Kean
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus
by Bill Wasik + Monica Murphy
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
by Henry Marsh

These three books look at aspects of biology from different angles, I’m not really the kind of person who reads a lot on a very niche subject, I like to spread my learning around! The first book looks at the basic building blocks of life on earth; DNA. Sam Kean manages to make something very complex a lot easier to understand whilst taking an alternate trip through history.

I’ve mentioned Rabid already this month, but reading about deadly diseases appeals to me somehow. Maybe the more I understand it, the less I have to fear? Although rabies is a pretty scary virus and I’m glad I live in a country that is (mostly) free of it. This book looks at the virus from a cultural view as well as a biological, which adds a bit more material.

My third pick is the memoir of an NHS neurosurgeon. The brain is such a mystery yet every day surgery is carried out on it. People put their most precious organ in the hands of fallible human beings. I liked both the technical and the personal aspects of Henry’s book.

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  1. DoingDewey

    Biology is one of the areas I read the most in too and I'd actually like to do a better job reading on more diverse topics, both in and out of biology. I have a hard time planning my reading well enough to make that happen though πŸ™‚ I've not read any of the books on your list, but they all sound fascinating!

  2. Debbie Rodgers

    The human body is incredible, isn't it? I should read more about it. Thanks for the suggestions.

  3. looloolooweez

    Ooh, 'Do No Harm' looks relevant to my interests! Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. JoAnn

    Books about medicine always appeal to me, and Do No Harm sounds very interesting. Added it to my list.

  5. A Bookshelf Monstrosity

    Violinist's Thumb was on my list this week too. Adding your other two titles to my TBR. Trying to add more science nonfiction to my reading this year.

  6. Rachel

    I've heard great things about Do No Harm. I should really check it out. I have Rabid on my Audible – bought it on sale this month. Hopefully it's great!

  7. Anonymous

    This is the first recommendations that I have seen for biology. I just recently finished When Breath Becomes Air, which of course isn't biology, but has enough of the elements that it definitely peaked my interest.

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