2019 Reading Challenge

Last updated March 2019

*currently reading


  1. I, Who Did Not Die by Meredith May, Zahed Haftlang, and Najah Aboud [Autobiography, Iraq, Iran, USA] – Read
  2. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward [Autobiography, USA]
  3. Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury by Lesley Ann-Jones [Biography, UK]
  4. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs [Autobiography, USA] – Read
  5. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi [Autobiography, USA]
  6. *Every Man in This Village is a Liar by Megan K. Stack [Autobiography, USA]
  7. Long Way Out: A Young Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery and How She Survived the Navy’s Modern Cruelty by Nicole Waybright and Jim Bastian [Autobiography, USA]1
  8. I was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet [Autobiography, Germany]
  9. The Return by Hisham Matar [Autobiography, American born British Libyan] Read
  10. The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz [Autobiography, USA, Africa]
  11. We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union [Biography, USA] Read
  12. The Fact Of A Body: A Murder and A Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich [Autobiography, USA]1
  13. (Any book) by Anna Politkovskaya
  14. When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrice Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele [Autobiography, USA]
  15. Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh [Autobiography, UK]1
  16. *How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill [Autobiography, USA]
  17. Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly [USA]Read

General Nonfiction/History/True Crime

  1. Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham [True Crime, New Zealand]
  2. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham
  3. Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich [History, Ukraine] – Read
  4. *Hiroshima by John Hersey [WW2/History, USA – born in Tianjin, China] – Read
  5. The Dark Heart by Joakim Palmkvist (Author) and Agnes BroomĂ© (Translator) [True Crime, Sweden] – Read
  6. Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz
  7. *The Marcos Dynasty by Sterling Seagrave [History, The Philippines]
  8. Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French
  9. The Crime Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK
  10. Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva by Rosemary Sullivan
  11. The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge by Thierry Cruvellier
  12. Sandstorm by Lindsey Hilsum
  13. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari
  14. This is Cuba: An American Journalist Under Castro’s Shadow by David Ariosto1
  15. Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed by John Prendergast (and four more)1
  16. Operation Playboy by Kathryn Bonella [True Crime]2

Business/Politics/Current Affairs

  1. Any book by Anna Politkovskaya
  2. Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope and Tom Wright
  3. From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America by Howard Schultz
  4. The Sarawak Report by Clare Rewcastle Brown
  5. Station Fukushima: Inside the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Recover by Charles A. Casto


  1. Blood Stained Tea by Amy Tasukada
  2. The Last Journalist by A.C. Fuller

Health & Wellness

  1. *The IF Diet by Robert Skinner
  2. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari


Books which I have yet to purchase.

2 I have this in physical form (real books)! Unbelievable… 

Most books are already sitting in my Kindle (purchased), or have been sitting in my Kindle, for a very long, long, time…