Today I’m sharing my non-fiction reads from 2018! I read 290 books last year and 79 of those were non-fiction so I’ve picked my top 12. Yesterday I shared my favourite fiction reads of the year and you can find that here if you’d like to read it.Illusion of Justice by Jerome Buting
I was late getting to Making a Murderer but I finally watched season one earlier this year and immediately looked to see if there were any books on the case. This is written by one of Steven Avery’s lawyers and was a really fascinating read. I watched season 2 as soon as it was on Netflix and see that there’s a possibility that these lawyers could have done more but at the time of reading it felt like a really good insight into the case and that they’d done all they could within the restraints they had.
My Life in Football by Kevin Keegan
I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. It was a hard listen at times being a Newcastle United fan and hearing in Keegan’s own words how badly he was treated at the club. It was interesting to learn more about Keegan’s life though and I found this book near impossible to stop listening to.
How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb
I got this for Christmas in 2017 and it’d been calling to me from my TBR all year so I was glad to finally read it. It’s such an open and honest memoir and I found it such an interesting read.The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
This is a really in-depth book about what led to 9/11. It’s obviously not always an easy subject to read about in terms of what happened but the way this book is written makes it one you don’t want to put down. It gave me a much better understanding of what happened in the years preceding 9/11. It’s such an important book and one I definitely recommend.
Knowing the Score by Judy Murray
I very much enjoyed this book having been a fan of Judy Murray for a while now. It gave such insight into her character and her strength and I was so inspired by just how much she’s done for female tennis players over the years. I have a full review of this book so if you’d like to know more click the title above.
Life to the Limit by Jenson Button
I listened to this as an audio book after buying it in an Audible sale a few weeks ago. I used to be such big F1 fan so was keen to know more behind the scenes of Button’s career. There is much of that but this is also a love letter to his late father, John and I found is so much more moving than I expected.So Here It Is by Dave Hill
I initially wanted to read this because I grew up hearing Slade as my late mum was a huge fan. The book is so well-written and is so full of honesty and openness that I enjoyed it on its own merits. I have a full review of this so if you’d like to know more about what I thought click the title above.
Bookworm by Lucy Mangan
This book was sheer joy to read! I love books about books anyway but this one really grabbed me as I’m assuming Mangan is a similar age to me as we read many of the same books in childhood. It was a real nostalgic read and led to me buying copies of childhood books that I loved but had sadly long since lost. I recommend this to all bookworms!
The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare
This is a beautiful, lyrical journal about the changing of the season into winter. It’s a mediation on all the changes that occur as winter hits. This book struck such a chord with me and gave me such comfort and solace at a time of year that I needed it most. This is a book I will return to again and again.This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
This was another Christmas gift from 2017, which I read fairly early on in 2018 but it’s stayed with me ever since. It’s a funny book, and a sad book but mostly it’s just an honest diary of a junior doctor’s experience of working in the NHS.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
I bought this as soon as it came out as I can’t resist well written true crime. This was a fascinating account of one woman’s growing obsession with the Golden State Killer and her feeling that she had his name almost within her grasp. The author sadly died before she finished this book so there is a real poignancy in the reading experience because of that. It’s a brilliant book though.The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (and Spark Joy) by Marie Kondo
This had to be my number one non-fiction book of the year because it has changed my life. Spark Joy I read for the first time in 2018, whereas The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was a re-read (although the first time I read it, I didn’t grasp the good bits as I was too focused on what felt odd in her methods). I read these books at the start of the year and immediately wanted to follow her method properly as my house was over-run with stuff. It really worked for me this time and I’ve spent months going through every single item that I own and have finally got rid of all the clutter. I naturally want to hoard things but I’m now so much better at just getting rid of things that I don’t love. I’ve never had so much space in my own home before and it feels wonderful. I’ve definitely got the decluttering bug now as every time I’m dusting I immediately put in the charity box anything that doesn’t make me happy.
So that’s my favourite non-fiction that I read in 2018. Did you read any good non-fiction last year? I’d love to know what your favourite book (or books!) was. Don’t forget you can find my favourite novels in yesterday’s post here if you’d like to see my fiction book picks of the year.
13 thoughts on “My Top Non-Fiction Reads 2018!”
I really want to read the Mangan book – sounds right up my street!
I definitely need that tidying up book. My aim is to clear a cupboard or drawer every week until I’ve been through them all. Very cathartic!
I absolutely love The Looming Tower, such an excellent and insightful book and hard to put down, like you said. I recommend anything else by Lawrence Wright, in case you haven’t read anything else of his, all of his journalism is so fascinating, well done and well written. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was also one of my favorites this year, and I really want to read The Light in the Dark..hopefully before winter ends, as that seems appropriate! Wonderful list!
Well that’s my TBR list longer once again! Haha. Fab post, I’m definitely going to read Bookworm.
You have such interesting, varied books here, Hayley! I’m glad you’ve had so many good reads this past year.
I love nonfiction, Hayley, and I haven’t read any of these. I am definitely taking note of all your faves!
I am not a huge nonfiction fan but do read it occasionally. I do want to read Bookworm though, it sounds delightful. I was a huge reader as a child and have tried to instill this in my children and grandchildren.
I’m fascinated by the Steven Avery series on Netflix too Hayley. I must read the book you mentioned x
I’m impressed that Marie Kondo has worked so well for you and brought joy and order to your stuff! I loved Bookworm and it was on my top 10 too. And that’s an amazing number of books read – well done! Happy reading for 2019!
I read only one non-fiction last year which was Kevin Smiths story, but this blog post has opened up many options for this year.
Excellent list! I can’t wait to read I’ll Be Gone In The Dark myself some time soon… My favorite non fiction read last year was The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. 🙂
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