One of my goals this year was to broaden my reading a bit. My goal for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted at Doing Dewey was 6 nonfiction books, preferably in different categories. I ended up reading 12 and although some were similar to each other, overall I’m pleased with the variety. Thanks, Katie, so much for hosting!

  1. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder (Politics)
  2. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yon (Science)
  3. Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmier (Politics)
  4. The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress by Mark Twain (Classic; Travel)
  5. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (True Crime)
  6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (Self-help)
  7. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa (Memoir)
  8. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (Science)
  9. American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson (Biography)
  10. The Lady in the Cellar: Murder, Scandal and Insanity in Victorian Bloomsbury by Sinclair McKay (True Crime)
  11. Not Your White Jesus by Sheri Faye Rosendahl (Religion)
  12. The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s a Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford (Biography)

I really enjoyed most of them. My favorites might have been I’ll Be Gone in the Dark because it was so gripping; The Death and Life of the Great Lakes because we live in Ohio and I spent some time at Lake Erie this past summer so I connected to it more than I would most science books; and American Eden because Hosack was an interesting man, but also I found all the other details about the time period and the people who intersected with his life fascinating. I was a bit disappointed in On Tyranny and Dear Madam President because they were so biased and had too little substance.


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