10 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2018 I’ve Read

Veronica Kramer
written by Veronica Kramer
first posted on December 26, 2018
last updated on February 8, 2019

2018 was yet another tough year for our planet. The only way 2019 is going to be better is if we learn a few things, and one of the surefire ways to improve is reading good non-fiction books. Here goes my take on the best non-fiction of 2018.

10. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
I didn't really know much about the Golden State Killer case. Never was a fan of the true-crime genre. Never expected this book to be so good. It is a sensational piece of investigative journalism, whether true crime stories are your cup of tea or not.

9. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Harrari asks questions about the foundations of our modern society. The book is basically a captivating summary of the authors fears in 21 essays, which are split into 5 categories: The Technological Challenge, The Political Challenge, Despair and Hope, Truth and, finally, Resilience. Food for thought and definitely a must-read.

8. Atomic Habits

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
A simple and powerful guide to change your bad habits and introduce good ones. The most important idea of this book is the '1% rule'. When applied consistently, the author promises your life will not be the same.

7. Enlightenment Now

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Pinker's pragmatic and positive approach to society and politics is refreshing. He seems to have a deep knowledge of how communities work and how we were shaped by the combination of science, democracy and humanism. The book offers a riveting outlook into the future.

6. Russian Roulette

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Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
A compelling chronological report about Russian meddling in the US 2016 presidential election. Most of it we already know from the news. It took me quite a long time to read but it was worth it. A very depressing read for sure.

5. How to Change Your Mind

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
A fascinating read about the history, personal experiences and the science behind LSD - a psychodelic drug that is on its path to becoming a legal tool for therapeutic purposes. A true page-turner.

4. Factfulness

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Rosling's last project in his final months of battle with cancer. Bought it on a recommendation from Bill Gates and enjoyed every minute of it.

3. Bad Blood

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Utterly fascinating! An account of the Theranos scandal. Funny and witty writing. A story of an entrepreneur whose only goal in life is to become a billionaire. Doing anything it takes.

2. Not That Bad

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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
Reading this book should be mandatory in schools. It's a super-important collection of stories that will make you think about the scope to which sexual violence still exists in our culture.

1. So You Want to Talk About Race

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So You Want to Talk About Race
Another culturally important book. Every white person could learn something here -- about our privileges and about the problems that marginalized people experience.

Bonus – One to Avoid

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
He's a psychology Ph.D. who says things that have nothing to do with psychology that appeal to insecure white men. He offers plausible deniability to low-key fascists, including those who do not realize that's who they are. As it usually goes, people feel lost in the dark, and he's an individual giving them light with tales of a glorious past that was corrupted by 'the commies.' Reactionary in a classical form.

What’s your favorite non-fiction book of 2018?

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Veronica Kramer

Unhype co-founder, entrepreneur, registered nutritionist, traveler, writer, translator, coffee aficionado, yoga buff.

Veronica is keen on exploring the stories that hide in the most unexpected of places. She enjoys thinking about the future we face and has strong opinions about different "isms" and how modern technology influences the globalized world.
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2 thoughts on “10 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2018 I’ve Read”

  1. Not a bad list, but you’re missing a few great books that were released this year! My favorite of 2018 was Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story and Educated by Tara Westover.

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