2019 Nonfiction Challenge

This is my personal challenge for myself. I read between 150 and 220 books every year (thank you Goodreads for keeping count). I realized about two years ago, again thanks to GR, that I read predominately fiction (probably 85%). For many people, this is perfectly fine, but I didn’t like it for myself. My brother-in-law is also a huge inspiration as he only reads nonfiction now.

For 2019 my main reading goal is to read at least 50 nonfiction books. I’ll update the list here as often as possible.

Final update: I only read 44 nonfiction books in 2019. However, I learned a ton from each book and I valued the experience enough to repeat it in an adapted form next year.

  1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  2. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (kind of counts, but we’ll see if I keep it as nonfiction.
  4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson
  5. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  6. You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren
  7. Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin
  8. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  9. Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
  10. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  11. Random Acts of Kindness by Dete Meserve and Rachel Greco
  12. Speed Reading by Robert L Zorn
  13. Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey
  14. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
  15. This is the Gospel Study Book by She Reads Truth
  16. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  17. I Think You’re Wrong, But I’m Listening by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A. Silvers
  18. Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan
  19. The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood
  20. Drawing for Dummies by Brenda Hoddinott
  21. For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More by Graham Tarrant
  22. The Dark Sides of Empathy by Fritz Breithaupt
  23. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  24. Unidentified Flying Objects by Isaac Asimov
  25. Reading through the Night by Jane Tompkins
  26. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
  27. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
  28. The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words by Paul Anthony Jones
  29. The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon
  30. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (Yes, I read it again and it was worth it.)
  31. Investing 101: From Stocks and Bonds to ETFs and IPOs, an Essential Primer on Building a Profitable Portfolio (Adams 101) by Michele Cagan
  32. What Does It Feel Like to Die? Inspiring New Insights into the Experience of Dying by Jennie Dear
  33. Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane (a DNF so we’ll see if I keep it on the list.)
  34. Like Water Running Off My Back by Molefi K. Asante Jr. (Forgive me if the name is incorrect. Asante has changed how he is referred to many times through the years. I have gone with the name on the book edition I read for this entry and the one below. On Goodreads he is known as Molefi Kete Asante.)
  35. Beautiful. And Ugly Too. by M.K. Asante Jr
  36. The Undying by Anne Boyer
  37. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  38. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  39. Slaves Among Us by Monique Villa
  40. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  41. The Reading Life by C.S. Lewis
  42. When Satan Wore a Cross by Fred Rosen
  43. Holy Bible
  44. She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lynn Fulton
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