2019 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

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In which I share my 2019 nonfiction reading challenge or bingo! I’m not skilled enough to figure out how to link a downloadable file in the description for the bingo card (and anyway not that good at excel either), so here are the challenges listed in order:

1. Read a nonfiction book published in 2019
2. Read a translated nonfiction book
3. Read a book about art history
4. Read a classic nonfiction book
5. Read a pre-Victorian history book
6. Read a book & watch a documentary
7. Read about something extraordinary
8. Read a book about sports or food
9. Read a debut writer
10. Read a popular science book
11. Read a book about a place you’d like to go
12. Read a book published by a university press
13. Read a micro history of an object
14. Read a natural history of a non-predatory animal
15. Read about something ordinary
16. Read a biography of an inspiring woman

Reading Goals 2019 Video: https://youtu.be/qONakKUOH_w

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9 Responses

  1. Barbra Dingwall says:

    I usually read about 50% non fiction, but I think maybe this year it might be less as I have challenged myself to read a few categories that I spend less attention to. But I'm also reading more so maybe the overall number of non fiction titles may remain the same. I like these categories, I can already see some that I can slot titles into. I can easily see myself reading 10 of these 16 challenges.

  2. Book Glutton says:

    What a great idea! I really want to read more non-fiction this year, so will definitely use your list of challenges to help with that. I'll look forwards to hearing about the books you read for this too.

  3. Patrice Jones says:

    I am interested in doing this.

  4. FredeReads says:

    ohhh i love this!!! i'm really excited to see which books you choose for these challenges because there are so many ranges of topics of books i wouldn't usually pick up myself 🙂

  5. Barter Hordes says:

    I agree with the range published by academic presses. The downside is that their books are typically far too expensive because they assume that academic libraries will be their only customers. Makes it frustrating for us to try to get our hands on them without shelling out too much. Always love your nonfiction talks!

  6. Aimée Anders says:

    Another great video and idea, Natalie! And also some brilliant and fun challenges! Despite already participating in other challenges I will definitely try to tick off as many of these as possible 🙂 Would it be possible for you to make a Goodreads group as well? It would be nice to discuss books there and give each other inspiration for the different challenges. If I can do anything to help, please let me know!

  7. Very Pragmatic says:

    This is fantastic! I am totally in ! 🙂 Today, I was talking to Aimee about me being so lazy to even set up camera for booktube videos so in case my laziness will be permanent, is there any other chance how to participate? Oh, so great challenges, I can not wait to hear what books you read for each of them 🙂

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  9. seriela says:

    Oooh! I have a book from last year that I've so wanted to get to from a university press that is new to me: the University of the West Indies Press. The title of the book is Dying to Better Themselves about the construction of the Panama Canal, achieved largely throught the use of West Indian laborers. I will be checking in frequently because I love nonfiction.

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