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Ingoing Freshman: Here are some Non-Fiction Books you might actually love!

The 2022-23 school is year just around the corner, which means time to fit in that summer homework. Non-Fiction gets a bad wrap for being boring, but NF isn’t just encyclopedias and textbooks! There’s hilarious memoirs, fascinating graphic novels, and eye-opening historical accounts that wait for you in YA Non-Fiction.

If you’re having trouble finding a non-fiction book for your project, here are some books you won’t have to endure, but might actually enjoy:

Video games changed the game, as it were, when it comes to storytelling. In this book, Dustin Hansen discusses the history of how video games got us to where we are now!

In this account of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Brandy Colbert talks about how it came to pass, why it happened, and how it affected the community, country, and beyond.

Yep, there’s Non-fiction Graphic Novels! This memoir from writer of Nimona and creator of Netflix’s reboot of She-ra and the Pricesses of Power delves into the writer’s story of becoming a writer, and the highs and lows of being a creator.

Queer There and Everywhere tells the stories of 23 members of the LGBTQIA community that had a major impact on innovation and culture. It’s a collection of stories, which makes for a fun, quick, and interesting read!

This historical account of the Salem Witch Trials reveals the story of why the witch-hunt came to be, and the stories of the women who went through it.

This graphic novel shows the complexity of the culture of the Middle Ages, including the Plague, The Hundred Year War, and the Crusades, in this romp through the 5th – 15th centuries.

There’s more books to find and enjoy in the non fiction department! Check out our display at the very beginning of YA Non-Fiction for more suggestions on true stories you might actually enjoy.

Library Staff Recommends Young Adult Fiction/Graphic Novels

Our staff loves reading YA, especially graphic novels. From fantasy to sports to superheroes to high school struggles, our Young Adult section has something for everyone! Check out these titles that our staff can’t get enough of!

Titles recommended in this video:

  • The Gallagher Girl Series by Ally Carter (recommended by Shannon)
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Comics by Ryan North (recommended by Gabe)
  • Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (recommended by Shannon)
  • East by Edith Pattou (recommended by Emily)
  • The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Steifvater (recommended by Shannon)
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman (recommended by Allison)

Library Staff Recommends Adult Fiction/Non-Fiction

Check out some library staff recommendations for adult fiction and non-fiction! We’ve got so many staff members with diverse interests and tastes. From Victorian era medicine to rom-coms, we’re sure you can find something that interests you!


  • Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen (recommended by Sue)
  • The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris (recommended by Gabe)
  • The Ghost in General Patton’s Third Army by Eugene Schulz (recommended by Emily)


  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (recommended by Grace)
  • 40 Sonnets by Don Patterson (recommended by Ben)
  • One Lark, One Horse by Michael Hofmann (recommended by Ben)
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (recommended by Allison)
  • The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (recommended by Trisha)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (recommended by Sue)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (recommended by Grace)
  • Home Before Dark by Riley Sager (recommended by Gabe)
  • The House of the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (recommended by Grace)
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (recommended by Allison)