Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2018

My favorite ten nonfiction books that I read in 2018!

–Nonfiction Favorites of Prior Years:
My Top 5 Nonfiction Books of 2017:
My Top 5 Nonfiction Reads of 2016:
Top 10 books of 2015:

–Books Discussed– *(Not in the order they appear in the video)*

The Big Short by Michael Lewis:
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Owl by William Service:
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The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Alanna Okun:
–My full review of this book:

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain:
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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren:
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Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg:
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty:
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The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson:
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Feathers by Thor Hanson:
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Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee:
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RecMeBooks&Stuff says:

What a great selection! My to-buy list always grows too much when you talk about non-fiction you love because you have such a great taste and talk so passionately about it that it makes me want to read every single book right away.

Alisha M says:

I was so excited to see this upload! Making a coffee as the little one naps to enjoy it with you! Thank you for all that you do and continue to do Olive! I discovered some amazing books this year thanks to you! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019! Xo

Always Doing says:

I love seeing which nonfiction books stuck with you and am glad that Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (loved it) is high on your list, as well as Eggshell Skull (tbr!). Here’s to a 2019 filled with joy and good reading!

Brekke El says:

I so appreciate how much you expose me to nonfiction! so much diversity and insight. I can’t wait for 2019!

Bruna Bento says:

did you watched the movie adaptation of the big short?

Izzy Rain says:

“Cleopatra:A Life” was my favorite nonfiction book that I read in 2018!

My Reading Life says:

So many books I want to read on this list. ❤️ Lab Girl

Slowpoke Reads says:

This is so helpful for me since I really want to try and read nonfiction next year! You are so eloquent in the way you speak too. Thank you for sharing your love of Nonfiction with us 🙂

Norman Mullins says:

Thanks for a great video. Lab girl is now in my TBR!

Margie Crawford says:

I read Owl several years ago and really enjoyed it – glad to see it make your list.

hope curran says:

Thannks! So many good recs! Its so reassuring to have you associated non-fiction reads as something other than drab. The non-fiction i read were some memoirs and im finding that i really kinda despise them. I thought id find something profound, but usually they just come off as self-indulgent. Sounds like its so muvh wiser to have the “memoir” not be a memoir at all but about something specific in your life (like the owl) so that we dont have to focus on every angst. I dunno. I think i prefer biographies.

Brianna's Library says:

Wow! I love the variety of nonfiction you read; I’m especially stoked about this video because I own so many of the books you’ve mentioned.
Thanks for sharing 😀

Top 10 and Top 5 says:

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PleaseBringCake says:

I loved Seeds. Wonderful list – thank you.

Amy Zirkle says:

Thank you

Alison Rose says:

I really want to read Lab Girl, it sounds fascinating, and if it was your favorite, it must be good 🙂 I didn’t read a ton of NF this year but I did read a few really good ones. Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly and Word By Word by Kory Stamper were both terrific reads (though obviously verrrry different, hah)

Katie Marsh says:

I was so excited to see this video. I knew you’d give me ideas. We have similar interests in nonfiction!

The Imperfect Scrapper says:

Thank you so much for these wonderful recommendations. You are my favourite booktuber. I enjoy listening to your book discussions. I think you provide intelligent and interesting discussion on the pros and cons of the books you’ve read. Thanks for the tip on the crafting book – I’ll definitely be purchasing that one!

Charles Silverman says:

Nonfiction is always a good option!

LadyBookDragon says:

I really loved Lab Girl the first time I read it also, but after a second reading knowing the type of hazing behavior that Jahren not only participated it but lauds as a way to find kindred spirits, I found a lot of her earlier behavior very worrying. As a fellow scientist, I loved the nature writing part of the book but a lot of the behaviors, like long road trips in unsafe cars, working all hours of the night alone, not paying your best friend enough that he could live in a real apartment, while definitely Jahren’s truth and similar to things I have experienced, do not represent what I hope we are striving toward. As this is never addressed in the book, I worry that the minority portrait of how science is done (and I feel that she portrays that it should be done) is not as positive as the book has been promoted to be.

Marjorie Duffy says:

There is not enough talk about nonfiction on BookTube. Thank you!!

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Toastwig says:

lab girl is one of my very favourite books <3

Carissa Quinn says:

These all sound marvelous and I’ve only read Kitchen Confidential. I’ll be coming back to this video later when I wang more recommendations

Joel Dick says:

If you like nonfiction, I have an entire Facebook group dedicated to it. It’s got about 300 members. Join it here:

Infinite Text says:

Great list Olive! I read the curse of the boyfriend sweater earlier in the year after your review and it was so cozy. Ever since I started watching your channel two years ago I think my nonfiction reading went up significantly and I started reading it unapologetically. I hope you are having wonderful holidays and I look forward to your top fiction video!

with cinnamon, please says:

sounds like a great and very diverse list, I love it!

unmanaged mischief says:

Loved this! I hadn’t remembered you mentioning Eggshell Skull, so it was great to find a new recommendation out of this bunch. Also, I have some new crafters in my life since moving to a new town, and I think The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater will make an excellent gift 🙂

LisaK says:

I’m always filled with a little bit of glee when I go on goodreads and see what new nonfiction you are reading and I frequently put it on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing your opinions and favorite books with us!

My Books News says:

What a great list. I loved Lab Girl.

TheSkepticalReader says:

I am going to add the big short to my wishlist. Outta be fun. 🙂

Allison Piazza says:

For the first time probably ever, 2 memoirs topped my best of all books read: Becoming and Born a Crime.

Sylvia Anderson says:

Another great video! Two of my favorites were discoveries from your videos – The Speckled Monster and The History of The World in 6 Glasses. Another in my top ten was Destined for War – Can America and China avoid the Thucydides Trap. All excellent books, not only for the primary story they tell, but for other avenues of interest they opened for me!

The Redhead is Reading says:

I bought Lab Girl last December and still haven’t read it! I definitely need to make it a priority in 2019.

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