Top Ten Tuesday: Nonfiction Science Books That Are Good Reads

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I had some fantastic science teachers in elementary school, but my science teachers in later grades were unfortunately not so good at sharing their love of chemistry, biology, and other topics with their students in ways that I could relate to.

Luckily, adults have much more say in what they learn about, so I have rekindled my appreciation for science with books like these.

1. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

3. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

4. Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them by Randy Christensen

5. Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution by Rebecca Stott

6. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

7. The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization by Brian M. Fagan

8. The Vaccine: Inside the Race to Conquer the COVID-19 Pandemic by Joe Miller

9. My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek

10. The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise Of Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Michael Shnayerson

What did you think of science classes when you were a student? Can you recommend any other nonfiction books about science?


  1. I’m not super into science myself, but I’m glad to hear you discovered these books to help you rekindle your love of science!

  2. While I excelled at Biology all other science I didn’t care much for and have never thought about reading science books to get a different perspective on a subject.

    • It’s a great way to explore subjects you may not have enjoyed academically. There are no tests, quizzes, or homework, and you can pick what you read. Hehe. 🙂

  3. I love this post! In school, I didn’t like physics, it was one of the few subjects, I didn’t take to. However, as an adult, science is one of my favourite things to read about!

  4. My husband is the big nonfiction reader in our home but we both read several books about the 1918 influenza. He has always been interested in that, and then I read the books he had during the pandemic.

    • That’s so cool.

      Yeah, there are some fantastic books about the 1918 flu. What an awful pandemic that was. Did you know that cases of Parkinson’s disease went up after it? The theory is that that flu trigged changes in some people’s bodies that made them more susceptible to developing it.

  5. I have to admit, I’m not massively into science, I have great respect for scientists and what they do, but I definitely prefer to read about science from a historical perspective than anything that’s super heavy into the scientific details!
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  6. My Beloved Brontosaurus sounds fun!

  7. Wow! I don’t read non-fiction science too often, but some of these sound super interesting! Great list.

  8. I love Cosmos so much. The book and also the show. Sagan… 🙂

  9. They sound interesting. Not my usual go to book. My partner teaches science (he specialises in Physics but is Head of Science at his school).

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  10. Interesting tweak on today’s topic. I have not read any of these. Have a great week.

  11. I really want to try The Glass Universe. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Science was admittedly one of my least favorite subjects in school, but I’m glad you were able to rekindle your appreciation for science with these!

  13. I love that you chose to do non-fiction books. I don’t read many non-fiction books but I appreciate good ones. Your last book sounds very interesting to me. My dad was a microbiologist and used to talk to me about the problem with antibiotics all the time. I might have to check this book out. 😀 Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    • Thank you!

      What an interesting job your dad had. Yeah, I don’t think a lot of folks realize just how much trouble we’ll be in if bacteria ever evolve to be resistant to all antibiotics and if they become widespread.

      There are so many surgeries and other medical producers that wouldn’t be possible without antibiotics. Although I’m sure your dad has already told you all about that. 🙂

  14. Brilliant list, Aymee. I used to hate science at school and have learned so much more since I left. The best book of all was A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I wish my science teachers would have been half as informative and concise as he is, I learned more from this book than I did in years of trying to learn just a little about this subject.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

  15. Such a great topic. Glad to hear these books brought you a renewed appreciation of science.

  16. I loved science in school, so much so that I had a very science-heavy course load! But I’ve never thought about reading science non-fiction as an adult. Most of my non-fiction reads are now historical or humanities-based. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    • Oh, that is so cool. Reading books about science is so different from studying it in school. I hope you like it if you try it. I sure think it’s a great way to pass the time.

  17. I’m not sure I have ever read a sciency non fiction book so I am super impressed!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT post earlier

  18. I’ve not read any of these, but some of those titles sure use dark humour, haha!

  19. I’m not much for non-fiction but I think I’d like Cosmos.

  20. Despite not having the best teachers later on, I’m glad you had good ones in earlier school days! Hopefully that start helped when you discovered some of these books. 🙂 Thanks a bunch for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week. Apologies for not visiting before now.

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