2019 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

December 29, 2018 Uncategorized 28

I know this is a little late to announce a challenge, but I will be hosting a nonfiction reading challenge in 2019. I mostly want to provide a place for you to share your nonfiction goals and to chat with other nonfiction readers. To make that possible, we’ll have three twitter chats throughout the year, plus optional email reminders. Goals will be flexible and up to you. Sign-ups will be open through January 30th.

Suggested Goals

Rather than suggest particular levels for this challenge, I’ve got a couple of 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.


If you share a sign-up post in the link-up below by Jan 30th, 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.Β (Edited after actually dealing with the logistics from last year! Next year, the giveaway will just include the entry for signing up). The giveaway will include several of my favorite nonfiction books I read in 2019. Look for an announcement of the 2018 winner on Dec 31st!

Twitter Chats

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

  • Feb 3rd at 1pm EST/10am PST – Introductions, how you’re planning your challenge, what books you’re most excited to read, etc
  • June 16th at 1pm EST/10am PST – check in, how’s your challenge going, favorite book read so far, any changes to your plans, etc
  • Dec 15th at 1pm EST/10am PST – wrap-up, how did it go, favorite books read, any changes in how you feel about nonfiction, etc

Dates are subject to change as we get closer, but I’ll be sure to send out reminders.

E-mail Updates

I’ll send out about five emails throughout the year, with twitter chat reminders and some featured reviews. I’ll start by e-mailing everyone who signs up, but just let me know if you don’t want to get updates and I’ll remove you from the list.


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 30th.

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28 Responses to “2019 Nonfiction Reading Challenge”

  1. Jorie

    Oooh my gosh – did you telepathically read my mind? I was trying to source this and couldn’t find one!! You are #awesomesauce!! The final category of interest I wanted to work on in 2019!!! Ooh my dear stars, you are golden!!

  2. Kristin

    I so want to participte in this challenge. I’m just wondering if it is okay for me to include biographies/memoirs, as they technically are non-fiction books? πŸ™‚

    • DoingDewey

      Definitely! I’m really happy to have people set themselves whatever challenge they like. Memoir/bio, pop science, cook books, true crime, craft books – any sub-genre you want to count works for me πŸ™‚

  3. CurlyGeek

    I’ll be joining again this year. I read 22 nonfiction books last year, and I usually hardly read any. I have a long list for this year already.

  4. Motobass4321

    I don’t have a blog but can post reviews on goodreads if desired for this challenge. Mostly the nonfiction I tend to read is philosophy, lit crit, and history.

  5. Geoff W

    Looks like fun, but I’ll keep to my no commitment to challenges and keep my goal of a nonfiction book a month (or at least averaging to 12 a year) in tact.

  6. Kim@Time2Read

    I’m debating joining. I’ve pretty much let my blog go inactive, just updating from Goodreads when I do take time to review a book. So I’m not sure I’m going to do a sign-up post. But I do want to read more nonfiction this year, though it will mostly be history and biography, ideally 1 per month. The concept of the century challenge intrigues me though, so I may try to work my way through that, though possibly not all this year. But the idea of going to the library and browsing a section has me wanting to go to the library and start right now!
    Maybe I’ll ‘audit’ the challenge; not officially signing up, but participating informally. I’m going to say 10 books from at least three different ‘centuries’!

    • DoingDewey

      That sounds like a great challenge! And I like your idea of doing it only as formally as you want to make sure you have fun πŸ™‚

  7. Sue at Book By Book

    Oh, shoot! I was just about to post my 2019 Reading Challenges post and was excited to include this one…when I noticed you closed sign-ups January 30! Bummer πŸ™ That’s what I get for running late this year!

    Hope I can participate next year! Maybe you can keep sign-ups open a but longer??


    • DoingDewey

      Feel free to join in anyway and share a link in the comments, if you like! I kept the link-up open as long as I could with a free inlinkz account, so I’ll probably have to continue to stick to whatever their limit is, but I’m definitely not a stickler for people using the link-up to sign-up πŸ™‚

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