NonFiction Reading Challenge – 2019

It’s almost 2019! That means it’s time to sign up for the 2019 Nonfiction Reading Challenge (hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey).

My goal is to read at least one nonfiction book per month. Three books I received from my Dad for Christmas are on the list:

I’m looking for nine more books. Any suggestions?


  1. Educated was very good! I’ve read about half of Lies My Teacher Told Me but loaned out my copy before finishing. Have you ever read Austen’s juvenille history of England? It’s not for everyone but I’d recommend it to fans.

    There are several books I’d recommend to you: Same Family, Different Colors about how colorism affects families, Hope Against Hope about New Orleans schools, and A Special Fate to read with the kids.

    Some difficult but worthwhile nonfiction reads… The 57 Bus about how two children’s lives were forever changed in an instant, Dreamland about the opiate epidemic, and especially Tears in the Desert a powerful memoir from Darfur.

    1. These are great recommendations! Thank you. I haven’t read Austen’s Juvenilia, but I should, and I’m adding Same Family, Different Colors to my list too. I have spent a lifetime witnessing colorism in my own culture.

  2. I’m going to have to sign up for this challenge too as I want to read more NF. The best NF (and one of the best books) I read this year was I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. So good!

  3. I just finished a memoir (though it says it’s fiction) about how a woman worked as an anthropologist among a tribe in Nigeria. That all sounds confusing, but here is my review:
    It was captivating.

    If you want something educational, grab the autobiography of Anne Moody called Coming of Age in Mississippi.

    Something funny: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson.

    I also really got into Just Mercy, by the lawyer Bryan Stevenson, though I didn’t have time to finish the end before the digital library file disappeared.

    1. Thanks for these recommendations! I’ve heard Bryan Stevenson speak, but I haven’t read Just Mercy. I’m going to add it to my list, though I may end up choosing something a little lighter. Happy New Year!

      1. The audio book is easy to listen to because the narrator reads at a fairly slow pace. The content can be tough, but because he reads slow and steady, it’s possible to listen at a slight distance to get information without getting overly emotionally about the justice system. At least, that’s how I felt. The narrator sounds more like he’s delivering a paper than lots of inflection.

  4. As I’ve read just over half non-fiction this year, I’m probably best off just signposting you to my blog to find some good non-fiction! “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap” was a winner for me this year.

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