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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

1 thought 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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