As 2018 is coming to a close, I realized that only 9% of my reading this year has been non-fiction books – NINE PERCENT. I had planned to read a lot more non-fiction this year and did pretty good at the beginning of the year and then slowly fell off track as the year went on. I was quite disappointed with myself come December and tried to pick up more non-fiction titles but despite the three titles I picked up, it just didn’t pick up the slack from the whole year.
Searching for non-fiction challenges didn’t bring up a whole lot, but I did come across a few BINGO challenges for non-fiction reading … from about 5 years ago. So I just decided to make up a BINGO board for myself and put it up here in case anyone else wanted to play along!
This isn’t an official challenge – more of a personal challenge I’m just extending to my lovely readers. I will update my reading quarterly and you can share your reading then, too, but there isn’t going to be monthly check-ins, hashtags, prizes, or anything. This is just a way to not only try and read more non-fiction, but to diversify it a bit.
Here is the board I came up with:
a book that’s been made into a movie –
a self-help title –
a title by an indigenous author –
a biography –
a title by a Canadian author –
a Baillie Gifford award winner –
a celebrity or public figure memoir –
a true crime title –
a title by a person of colour –
a book about science & technology –
a book about feminism –
a book about nature or the environment –
free space –
a 2019 release –
a book about parenting or relationships –
a book on religion or spirituality –
a pre-2000 non-fiction title –
a book about a medical condition –
a title that was a 5-star read for a friend –
a book about travel –
an essay collection –
a book about food, wine, or cooking –
a book set outside of North America –
a Goodreads winner (from any year) –
a non-fiction book that has been translated –
I think I have about two dozen non-fiction titles on my shelves to read and I know some of them fall into these categories, but I’ve added quite a few to my reading list from previous years of Nonfiction November and from reading blogs in general.
My goal in 2019 is to try and have a non-fiction book on the go all the time. I really enjoy reading non-fiction and would love to have 25% of my reads in 2019 be non-fiction reads.
Do you have any goals when it comes to reading non-fiction? Any titles you’re looking forward to reading in 2019? Would you like to participate in my nonfiction book bingo?