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2019: A Year of Non Fiction

2019: A Year of Non Fiction

I am determined to read exponentially more non fiction titles in the year of 2019. I wanted to compile a list of 10-15 books that I would like to read before 2019 comes to a close.

I have learned that in writing things down, and publicly announcing goals, I become more determined to meet said goals. I want to push myself in my reading life this year - yes reading is a hobby for me - but I would also like for it to be an area of my life that I water, weed, and prune. I want to be the caretaker of my reading life, and tend to my reading habits with great care.

To do this, I want to instill reading goals that will ensure growth and development of self. Ultimately, this year, this means three things for me.

  1. Read more non fiction

  2. Read more women

  3. Read more from authors of color

For this post, I wanted to make sure around 70% of the books selected were books that were already on my shelf. Without further ado, here are my top 15 non fiction titles to get to in 2019!

*Brief Synopses taken from Goodreads and Amazon*

Owned Books

  1. The Five: The Untold Stories of the Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

    Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

  2. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

    The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

  3. Brass by Xhenet Aliu

    A fierce debut novel about mothers and daughters, haves and have-nots, and the stark realities behind the American Dream

  4. Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor

    Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, andaninspiration to thousands. 

  5. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

    From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America.

  6. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    In these "urgently relevant essays," the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me "reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath"--including the election of Donald Trump.

  7. Well That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey

    In this sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars.

  8. Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

    An eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in the American Midwest.

  9. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

    An enchanting and lyrical look at the life, the traditions, and the cuisine of Tuscany, in the spirit of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence. 

  10. I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel

    For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them.

Unowned Books

  1. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Darn of a New America by Gilbert King

    Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

  2. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

    From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

  3. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

    An Emma Watson "Our Shared Shelf" Selection for November/December 2018 • NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY:The New York Public Library • Bustle • The Root • NPR  Fast Company ("10 Best Books for Battling Your Sexist Workplace")

  4. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

    Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality

  5. Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson

    The first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state’s violent response, and the victims' decades-long quest for justice including information never released to the public published to coincide with the forty-fifth anniversary of this historic event.


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