Unless you’re new to this blog – if you are, welcome! – then you probably already know it’s a goal of mine to read at least one nonfiction book a month. I think it’s an extremely manageable goal, and I haven’t missed a single month in two years. Which means I’ve read some really great nonfiction books. This year is no exception.
And because I know you have all been anxiously waiting to hear what my favorite nonfiction books are this year (well, maybe a few of you were curious), here they are (in no particular order):
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. This was actually the first book I read in 2018, and I am still thinking about it a year later. I found it particularly interesting because I actually work with residents at a medical school (the American equivalent of a junior doctor in the UK), and I enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences. But I also really enjoyed the humor and the story behind it. This book will stick with you. And not just because you’ll never ever be able to forget what a degloving is. (DO NOT Google it. Trust me.)
Factfulness by Hans Rosling. This is all about how the world is not as terrible as we think it is. And it worked. This book actually made me feel better about the world we live in. In 2018. So, five stars. Really though, I learned so much from this book, and it did give me hope about the world in general.
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is a very small book, but packs a huge punch. It’s on par with We Should All Be Feminists in my book. I just really enjoyed this one. I think Adichie makes some brilliant points about feminism and how we can change the world though what we teach our children.
Educated by Tara Westover. I’ve read a lot of great memoirs in the past few years, but this is definitely one of my favorites. The story itself was something I absolutely adored, but I also loved the writing and the message. It was so satisfying to follow Tara Westover on her journey from living off the grid with parents who did not believe in formal education, to getting her PhD at Cambridge. If you liked The Glass Castle, you need to read this one.
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. I’m only slightly exaggerating when I say I am obsessed with this book. I have always been intrigued by da Vinci, and I loved learned more about his life so much. I can’t believe this was my first Isaacson book, but I’m kind of glad it was. Because it was truly amazing. I had so much fun learning about da Vinci’s life and art and innovations. I can’t say enough great things about this book. It’s not just a favorite for this year, it’s on my all-time favorites list.
That’s it for my 2018 nonfiction favorites! I did read a lot of other nonfiction that I really enjoyed, but these are the ones that stuck with me all year. And the ones I rated five stars. I would definitely recommend each and every one of these.
Did you read any nonfiction this year? Do you have a favorite?