2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

December 16, 2017 Uncategorized 47

In previous years, I’ve thought about hosting a nonfiction challenge, but I’ve been able to find existing challenges that made doing so seem redundant. That’s not the case this year, so I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a nonfiction reading challenge! The goals will be flexible and I’ll be putting together several events throughout the year to help participants connect with each other.

Suggested Goals

Rather than suggest particular levels for this challenge, I’ve got a couple ideas for different nonfiction reading goals you could set for yourself.

Let me know if there are other types of goals you’d suggest and I’ll add them to the list. However you decide to motivate your nonfiction reading this year, I’ve got a few fun events for challenge participants. Join in as few or as many as you like 🙂


First, if you share a sign-up post in the link-up below by Jan 15th, you’ll get one entry in a giveaway at the end of the year just for signing up. And anyone who has signed up here, will also get one giveaway entry for every nonfiction review they share in my weekly Nonfiction Friday link-up. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be giving away yet, but I’m learning towards a bunch of my favorite nonfiction books I read in 2018 (otherwise it’ll be a gift card).

Twitter Chats

I’ll be hosting three twitter chats for participants to get to know each other throughout the year. They will be

  • Jan 14th at 1pm EST/10am PST – Introductions, how you’re planning your challenge, what books you’re most excited to read, etc
  • June 17th at 1pm EST/10am PST – check in, how’s your challenge going, favorite book read so far, any changes to your plans, etc
  • Dec 16th at 1pm EST/10am PST – wrap-up, how did it go, favorite books read, any changes in how you feel about nonfiction, etc

Times are tentative and subject to change, especially if I hear from many challenge participants that the currently scheduled times don’t work for them.

Quarterly Group Reads

Every quarter, all challenge participants will be invited to vote on a group read. Voting will take place in early January, April, July, and October. This will give us all one nonfiction book we know other people will be reading, so we can hopefully get some good discussion going on our reviews. I’ll also try to find some discussion questions online or post some myself to get us all thinking. Let me know in the comments if you have any nominations for our first group read!


Link-up your sign-up posts here! Let us know that you’ll be joining in and what kind of reading goals you’re setting for yourself. Sign-ups are open through Jan 15th, because that’s how long I can get a free link-up for 🙂


47 Responses to “2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge”

  1. iliana

    Half of the challenges I join I don’t finish but it’s always fun to try 🙂 Thanks for hosting this one. I do want to read more non-fiction so I think I’ll have to join in as well!
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    • DoingDewey

      Oh yay! I’m glad. I tried to make the sort of challenge I’d enjoy participating in and I definitely prefer them open-ended 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Awesome! I tried doing a nonfiction group read every month last year and it was a bit much, but I think having one every quarter could be really nice 🙂

  2. Gloria

    Really excited to join this challenge — non-fiction is my very FAVORITE genre, and my goal is to read 70 [ if not more]…….

    • DoingDewey

      Wow, that’s an impressive goal! I think I read the most nonfiction I’ve read in a year this year and I’m still only around 50. I’ll probably try for a little more next year though 🙂

  3. TJ @ MyBookStrings

    Love this! I’m on a science-y nonfiction reading binge at the moment, and I’m hoping to keep it going into 2018. Plus, the challenge should help me stick with my Freedom of Speech reading list. I’ll have a sign-up post up in early January. Thanks for hosting!
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  4. Naomi

    I love this. Especially because my natural tendency is to read fiction over nonfiction, but I have a bunch of good nonfiction on my shelves that I’d like to read. So, I think what I’d like to do is challenge myself to read a certain number that I already own. I’ll try to have a sign-up post in January!
    I also like the idea of the quarterly group read-alongs. Sounds both fun and manageable!
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    • DoingDewey

      Reading nonfiction you own sounds like a great goal to me, perhaps because it combines my own goals of reading lots of nonfiction and of getting to the many books I own 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I actually only just realized I didn’t add my own goals in this post or my challenge sign-ups! I think I might aim for 40% nonfiction, since I read a little more than that this year and I don’t want it to be something that stresses me out.

  5. CurlyGeek

    This looks great since I read a lot of great nonfiction in 2017 and want to continue! My goal is to read 12 nonfiction books, or one a month. I read 11 in 2017. I have way too many challenges for 2018 but I’m glad to have one for nonfiction.

    • DoingDewey

      Wonderful! That sounds like a great goal. I always like tackling one book a month for a challenge. It just seems like a nice pace 🙂

  6. Lisa

    Hi. I’m Lisa and I’m planning on doing a hodgepodge of nonfiction. Most are books I have wanted to read but haven’t gotten to yet. Others are about areas in history I feel I don’t know enough about (re: Vietnam, United States involvement in the Philippines, etc.).

  7. Tricia Black

    Our book club has started this year out with a NF book by Lee Livingston. I am so glad we did, it’s an amazing one! About his life in the 60’s as he hitch hiked across the US on the booming interstate system! What a story, just fascinating! It’s called In The Rear View Mirror, intherearviewmirrorbook.com for his info. I recommend it very much!

  8. Michele Sherstan

    My link goes to a group I admin, so thought I’d post my goals here: I’m not going to have any lofty number of books to aim for, just to read as many as I can (FYI I have a chronic illness that makes sustained reading difficult, so I will be doing some of my “reading” on audiobooks. It’s also why I’m not holding myself to a numerical goal.)

    I’m hoping to sample some music and art memoirs and biographies, some feminist writing, some wildlife themed work, and maybe even a non-fiction graphic novel (Does anyone recommend the Riel book from many years ago? Or any others?). The only strict rule: no fiction!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks for sharing your goals here! Just trying to read more nonfiction sounds like a great goal to me 🙂 I’ve not read the Riel book, but I enjoyed Persepolis pretty well (and still not quite as well as other bloggers, I think!) and I’ve also heard great things about both Maus and the John Lewis bio, March.

  9. Mary

    I want to sign uo, but I dont have a blog or webpage.
    I retweeted, but Im confused about how to sign up.

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