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BEE's Bookshelf: Book Recommendations

We love to read. Sometimes light fun fiction, but more often than not, rich, informative books that guide us through a dive into interesting, deep subjects that can sometimes feel difficult to digest, but help us in the long run, teaching us lifelong valuable lessons by offering new perspectives, details on history covered up, 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 cold hard facts and research to prove that having diversity and equality in every factor of society benefits absolutely everyone. Diversify is split into sections, each focussing on a group of people who are seen as 'other' in our modern Western society; topics cover race, class, body size, gender and age, and each section includes helpful action points which make the knowledge in the book go further once the last page has been turned. This is a book to be constantly 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 him as he goes 'undercover', working in typically low-wage paid jobs, learning about some of the ways in which a handful of our society's most popularly-used services (companies such as Uber and Amazon) treat their employees. 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 inequality between the black and white races. It was and continues to be 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 read 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 heavy book full of facts explaining why, though it might not feel like it on a daily basis, the world is becoming a better place. We read it alongside a lighter fiction novel, diving into a chapter here and there, as Factfulness is choc-a-bloc full of information. However long it takes you to read it, do finish it - we found that each fact seeped into our brain and had positively affected our general world view by the last page. The world and its troubles can be an overwhelming wonderland to explore; 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 and explores 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. Dig into 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?

Though not a self-help book, How to be Human can be considered a handy guide to living on this Earth as a human being, as 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 we are today, readers can't help but feel grounded in the knowledge that though we are each unique complex beings, there is much about the human race that binds us all together, and our evolution can only be described as a story of great magic - or science.

Buy it secondhand for £10.99 at worldofbooks.com

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