This is 100% inspired by Bionic Book Worm‘s super fun bookshelf tour. I enjoyed seeing her go through her shelves each week so much that I really wanted to do the same! Obviously, I’m not on Booktube, where that sort of thing happens, and I’m never going to be, so I thought I’d take a gander through my shelves for the next–oh gosh, how long is this going to be? I have 20 shelves, and I’d like to do them every other week, so, like, until the end of the year? Is that math? jfc

Anyway, since these are going to be a bit long, let’s get to it! Most of these are read, and I’m hoping at least half of them have been reviewed, so I’ll link to Goodreads if it’s available.


This shelf is split up by my space nonfiction first (because duh), and then the start of my general nonfiction. I’ll link each title to Goodreads, as well as drop star ratings if I’ve read them.

Before we begin, I wanted to chat about what I keep on my bookshelves, too. Most of my crystals are rainbow-organized, but this one has space crystals. In order: citrine (sun), blue calcite (Mercury), amazonite (Venus), Himalayan white halite (Earth), opal (moon), red jasper (Mars), lapis lazuli (Jupiter, it’s very tiny), lodestone (Saturn), Tibetan diamond (Uranus), amethyst (Neptune), and obsidian apache tear (Pluto). The statue on the left is a wooden Ganesh. My friend, Bethany, made me the fire bundle on top of my space stack. One of my yoga students, Rebekah, painted that gorgeous picture for me. And that’s a bundle of dried sunflowers hanging out in the top right corner.

And without the stuff so you can actually see the books.

Space Nonfiction

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t devote a special section just to space nonfiction (and fiction, later!). It’s only been a little over five years since my space obsession started, but my absolute favorite thing in the world is astronaut memoirs. Every single one that I’ve read is so unique, and while some topics show up in similar fashions, they’re never discussed the same way.

My top three in this section is:

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen | ★★★★ | Review

The Last Man on the Moon by Eugene Cernan | ★★★★★ | Review

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journey by Michael Collins | ★★★★★ | Review

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield | ★★★★★ | Honestly, it’s a travesty this hasn’t been reviewed. Top 5 of all-time favorite books.

Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino | ★★★★★ | Review

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by Mike Mullane | ★★★★

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach | ★★★

Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith | ★★★★★ | Top 10 of 2018 | Review

Forever Young: A Life of Adventure and Space by John Young | ★★★★ | Review

Regular Nonfiction

I was actually really pleasantly surprised to see that I’d read so many of these! For so long, I just bought books, stuck them on my shelf, and never looked at them again. It seems like I’m finally switching gears on that.

My top three in this section is:

Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark | ★★★★★ | Review

A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants by Jaed Coffin | ★★★★★

This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone by Melissa Coleman | ★★★★

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins | ★★★★ | Review

You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin by Rachel Corbett | ★★★★★ | Review

The Little Regiment, and Other Episodes of the American Civil War by Stephen Crane | ★★★

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey | ★★★★

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham | ★★★★★

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis | ★★★★★ | Review

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculée Ilibagiza | ★★★★★

Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal | ★★★★★ | Review

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain| UNREAD

On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor| UNREAD

Becoming by Michelle Obama | ★★★★★ | Review

Vicious: The Art of Dying Young by Mark Paytress| UNREAD

The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventures, and the Dawn of Empire by Susan Ronald | UNREAD

Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears | UNREAD

The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rockstar by Nikki Sixx | ★★★★★

Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times and Music of Green Day by Marc Spitz | ★★★★★

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet | ★★★★★

The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, Ned Fulmer | ★★★★★ | Review

And that’s a wrap on the first shelf! Wow, they’re super dusty, I need to clean a little bit before the next round. (Lies, I finally took updated pictures after cleaning!) I love having my shelves separated by genre, and I just did a huge unhaul, so it’s fun to see what made the cut. What about you?

What is your favorite nonfiction book?

Posted by:Mary Drover

she/her | yoga teacher | Tibetan Buddhism | part-time witch | full-time author | astronaut in a previous life

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