BOOK CLUB: Riverside Reads Non-Fiction!

I did a poll on Instagram a while back asking how many of my followers read non-fiction, and how many wished they read more. A little unsurprisingly, a great deal of my followers didn’t read much non-fiction but they really wanted to read more. So I am over the moon to announce my brand new Book Club! Riverside Reads: Non-Fiction.

It’s Thursday night, I’m sitting in my pyjamas eating coconut yoghurt out of a Bone Season quote mug that the lovely Nildene over at @lifeofinkandwords on instagram gave me for Christmas, watching Outlander on one half of my screen and typing this on the other. I am living my best life, no? (I’m also half-by considering writing a coconut yoghurt brand comparison because you all need that in your life, even if you don’t think you do). Now, I am about to make my lovely evening even lovelier (and not because my mum just gave me the softest pillow ever and my aching back is rejoicing) because I am here to announce my brand new book club!

Riverside Reads: Non-Fiction

If you’ve followed me for a while you might know I’m currently attempting to read my way around the world in a segment called Riverside Reads The World. I decided to keep with this naming theme for this book club.
The reason I decided to begin this book club was because I see a popular misconception within readers of my age group that non-fiction is boring, and hard. Sure, some books are, and if you read things that don’t interest you of course you’re going to be bored, but not all non-fiction books are written in the cliche dense and academic tone. I’m hoping that this book club can help people be less intimidated by non-fiction and feel more confident picking up books they’ve always wanted to read.

Our first read is…

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The blurb:

The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.
What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.
But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

Why this book?

I’ve always wanted to read this book. I fell in love with popular physics books when I read Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli. I’m hoping Tyson’s Astrophysics can measure up to Rovelli’s poetical beauty.

When are you reading it?

Now! Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is a short book that promises to be a quick read, so we’re hoping to finish it by the end of April. But the discussion will always be open, so it doesn’t matter when you read the book.

How do I join?

We have a group over on Goodreads that you are welcome to join. We have discussion boards and also an area for book suggestions for future months. Don’t forget to tag any social media posts with #riversidereadsnonfic so I can see them and share them!
I hope you love Astrophysics for People in a Hurry if you’re reading with us, and if not, I hope you enjoy whatever you’re currently reading!


  1. Cindy
    April 5, 2018

    I joined and I can’t wait to start it!

    1. mikaelaw
      April 10, 2018

      Yay! I’m so excited to hear that! Thanks for joining!


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