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BEE's Bookshelf: Book Recommendations

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

We love to read. Sometimes light fun fiction, but more often than not, rich, informative non-fiction books that guide us through dives into interesting subjects that can sometimes feel difficult to digest. Books similar to and including the below share knowledge and offer new or different perspectives, details on histories covered up, scientific research, facts, and so much more. Each book below has been devoured by us and comes extremely highly recommended. Happy learning!

Diversify by June Sarpong

What's it about?

June Sarpong uses facts and research to prove that having diversity and equality in every sector of society benefits absolutely everyone. Diversify is split into sections, each one focussing on a group of people who are seen as 'other' in modern Western society. Topics cover race, class, body size, gender and age, and each section includes helpful action points, allowing the knowledge from the book to go further once the last page has been turned. This is a book to be re-read.

Buy it new for £9.08 at abebooks.co.uk

Hired by James Bloodworth

What's it about?

In this eye-opening book, author James Bloodworth takes the reader with as he goes undercover to work in some of the UK's lowest-wage paid jobs, learning about some of the ways in which a handful of society's most popularly-used services (companies such as Uber and Amazon) run and how their employees experience working there. This book sparked up many an interesting conversation with cab drivers for us, and strongly reinforced the importance of shopping small and locally, supporting independent companies rather than huge corporations whose practices can be enormously exploitative, detrimental to not only human rights but to the health of the Earth.

Buy it secondhand for £7.99 at worldofbooks.com

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

What's it about?

Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race was one of the very first books we read on the subjects of racism, white priviledge and inequalities between black and white people. It was and continues to be an invaluable resource for reflection and learning. Reni's words act as a revelatory wake-up call to all white people, which in a world of deeply systemic racism, cannot be answered soon enough.

Buy it secondhand for £6.38 at abebooks.co.uk

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

What's it about?

Factfulness is a small but powerful book full of facts explaining why, though it might not feel like it day-to-day, the world is in fact becoming a better place. We read it alongside a lighter fiction novel, diving into a chapter of Factfulness here and there, as it is a book full of information. One might not describe it as a fun read, but an informative one offering long-term gratification.

However long it takes you to read it, do finish it - we found that each fact did stick, and had positively affected our general world view by the last page. Factfulness is a stress-relieving, grounding book.

Buy it secondhand for £8.22 at blackwells.co.uk

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

What's it about?

If you're enjoying reading your way down a road of mind-opening truths, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism is a necessary stop along the way that'll keep your mind buzzing. After reading, we went out into the world and felt like a veil had been lifted. Each of the 23 reasons Ha-Joon explains left us with new knowledge to think differently about things and gave us the confidence to make different decisions, a comforting fact to know is possible when so many parts of life can feel impossible to change or try to control. Question capitalism, folks - it's not the only way.

Buy it secondhand for £8.49 at worldofbooks.com

How to be Human by New Scientist

What's it about?

How to be Human is a handy guide to living on this Earth as a human being. It acts as an easy-to-read history book of the human species. By exploring the fascinating timeline of how we came to be where, how, who and what we are today, readers are invited to feel grounded in the knowledge that our evolution can only be described as a story of great magic and science.

Buy it secondhand for £10.99 at worldofbooks.com

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