I love nonfiction, so I might as well participate in Shelly’s Nonfiction Reader Challenge this year! The challenge will run from January 1 – December 31, 2020. Participants may join at any time up until December 1, 2020.
There are three levels to choose from and I’m going to particpate in the Nonfiction Know-It-All category: Read 12 books, one for each category.
Here are the categories (categories in bold have already been fulfilled – with those reviews below):
- Disaster Event
- Social Science
- Related to an Occupation
- Medical Issue
- True Crime
- Published in 2020
Follow this link to read Nonfiction Reader Challenge 2020 (Vol. 1).
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by: Layla F. Saad ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a must read, especially if you’re white and don’t believe you’re racist and that you don’t perpetuate racist stereotypes and behaviors. It’s uncomfortable – in a good way – and helped me see where some of my blindspots are. I want to keep reading books that help open my eyes and continue to make me a better person.
(The audiobook is great, but the book is also good to have on hand as well because the contents are presented in a workbook format. I think many would benefit from having that workbook in their possession to help them get the most benefit from the exercises.)
Me and White Supremacy fulfills the Social Science category for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge.
Lab Girl by: Hope Jahren ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I wasn’t sure what to expect heading into this one, and in fact, I’ve had it on my Kindle for years. The Nonfiction Reader Challenge’s category of ‘Related to an Occupation’ was finally the push I needed to seriously pick it up.
I thought Jahren did a brilliant job of relating fascinating information about her job as a scientist into stories about her real life experiences. I didn’t have any idea that I could care so much about trees! Jahren (and Bill’s) passion for what they did was palpable and I admired that dedication so much!
Speaking of Bill…I LOVED HIM! If ever there was a secondary character that has stolen my heart, Bill certainly resides at the top of that list! A man of simple words but with more loyalty than most people have in their big toe, Bill almost stole the whole show!
I enjoyed this book so much that I can’t wait to get a hand on Jahren’s most recent book that was just published in March 2020: The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here.
Lab Girl fulfills the Related to an Occupation category for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge.
The Witches Are Coming by: Lindy West ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
One day I needed to clean my car out and I was in need of an audiobook. I searched my Libro.fm account and found this one!
I can honestly say that I loved every single essay in this collection of feminist power! This book is also a great example of not having to agree with every aspect of another person’s thoughts and beliefs (I wouldn’t classify myself as a feminist), yet still being able to see value in their perspective. I think West is smart and well-articulated; I plan on returning to this collection many times. I listened to this on audio, and it was FANTASTIC!
The Witches Are Coming was just what I needed. I have her previous book, Shrill, on my Kindle and I’m really excited to read it now!
The Witches Are Coming fulfills the Feminism category for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge.
Untamed by: Glennon Doyle ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
I LOVED this one – same as all of Doyle’s other books. I read it in a day! Doyle writes pain in a way that heals, and she gives women permission to embrace themselves. Her heart is gold and I appreciate her approach to life. I wish there were more people like her in the world…though her reach is far, so I hope people continue to be inspired by her!
My only complaints: some of the information felt repetitive – either regurgitated blog posts or stuff I’ve hear elsewhere before. I have to keep in mind that not everyone may have heard it, so maybe it’s best that it was included. But there were times where I felt like she ran out of new topics so she circled back to some old stuff. Also, there were a few places where Doyle kind of came off as pretentious and that really bugged me. I know she’s accomplished a lot and she’s worked hard to come into her own, but the persona that I equate her with is above tooting her own horn. And, hello! I preordered your book in November! I don’t need a reminder of what a badass you are!
Either way, those complaints don’t detract from the book. Glennon Doyle is amazing and I loved this book!
Untamed fulfills the Published in 2020 category for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge.