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?

10 thoughts

  1. I’m going to add the Leonardo Da Vinci one to my to-read list, because you made it sounds so amazing! I don’t really know that much about him anyway, so it’ll do me good to read about his life. I’ve also been seeing Educated everywhere, so maybe I’ll have to make that one a priority for 2019. I’m so glad you found all these amazing nonfiction books you loved 🙂

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    1. Thanks! The da Vinci bio is amazing! I really enjoyed the audiobook as well. The book is insanely heavy (because fancy paper), but it has all of the paintings and sketches referenced in it. I hope you enjoy it! And Educated. They’re both all-around favorites for the year, not just nonfiction.

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  2. I would love to read about Leonardo da Vinci. I’m glad this one has all the visual references, it’s so frustrating when those are not included.

    One of my favorite nonfiction books this year was Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin. It was so interesting to have her insight into autism and animal behavior and how our so-called “normal” brains work. To try to get into another person or being’s way of perceiving the world is always a benefit. It’s so important to remember the way I see it is not the only way.

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    1. I hope you enjoy the da Vinci book!

      And Animals in Translation sounds amazing! Adding it to my TBR now. I always enjoy books that open my eyes to the way other people experience life. I have quite a few nonfiction books about neurodivergence already on my TBR. It’s definitely something I’m curious about, because it’s not something I’ve personally experienced.

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