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When I’m not reading the science fiction and fantasy genres, non-fiction is something I love diving headfirst into. Thus far, it looks like 2019 is going to be an amazing year for all sorts of non-fiction titles, from biographies to sociology and so much more!
1. Influenza: The Quest to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Jeremy Brown
2. Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Love and Life by Kim McLarin
3. What We Talk About When We Talk about Rape by Sohaila Abdulali
Release Date: January 26
4. No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History by Dane Huckelbridge
Release Date: February 5
5. Becoming Emily: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Krystyna Poray Goddu
6. Louisa on the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War by Samantha Seiple
7. Bats: An Illustrated Guide to All Species by Marianne Taylor
Release Date: April 9
8. Beyond Words: What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel by Carl Safina
Release Date: April 23
9. The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas.
Release Date: May 21
10. Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work by Victoria Ortiz
Release Date: June 4
Are you planning to read any of these books? What books are all of you looking forward to over the next six months or so?
128 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Non-Fiction Releases for the First Half of 2019
I love nonfiction!! And you have such a wide variety up there!! I usually read rock-bios or true-crime when I read non-fic, but some of these sound really interesting.
Thank you! I love nonfiction, too, but almost never read rock bios. Which ones do you like the most from that genre?
Wow, nonfiction. I think these are the only nonfiction books ive seen so far on this question. I’ll have to check out some of your suggestions…unfortunately I haven’t really kept current on any nonfiction releases. Your lists looks promising though.
Yes, there don’t seem to be a lot of book bloggers who talk about nonfiction. Or at least not that I’ve seen. I love that kind of stuff, though, and hope you found something on my list worth checking out.
Great list! I LOVE the sound of The Dark Fantastic.
Thank you. Doesn’t it sound amazing? 🙂
I rarely read non-fiction, but if there’s one book on your list that speaks to me immediately, it’d be “What We Talk About When We Talk about Rape” since I’m a survivor myself. Books like these are so, so important.
I totally agree with you there.
Looks like a nice mix! I really do like nonfiction, so I need to read more of it.
Thanks. I hope you’ll have the time to do that in 2019.
I don’t read a lot of non-fiction and when I do, it usually centers around dogs. I have seen the Harry Potter book in several places and am in love with the cover. I also think I’d enjoy the tiger book but if it dies, I’d be sad and I don’t need any more depressing reads right now. Great list!
Thank you. Honestly, I have no idea if the tiger dies in that book or not. I’m going to have to read spoilers about that before starting it. Like you, I’m not really in the mood for depressing stuff right now.
I don’t read much non fiction, but several of these look really interesting, especially No Beast So Fierce 😁
I hope you love it!
The book on Emily Dickinson sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing so many great looking books. Enjoy.
You’re welcome. Yes, I’m really glad to see Emily Dickinson get some more attention in the 21st century. She was a wonderful poet and a very interesting person.
I don’t read non-fiction, but Louisa on the Front Lines sounds interesting.
P.S. Thanks for checking out my TTT!
Awesome list! The one by Sohaila Abdulali looks really interesting, I’m definitely going to add it to my TBR!
Yay! So glad to hear that.
I think I might check out Influenza since I work in the medical field. I will probably skip the bat one though. Lol
Heh, I’ll read the bat one for you then. Happy reading!
Several of these books looks interesting. 🙂
So glad to hear that.
Influenza looks so interesting. I devour nonfiction about viruses/forensic anthropology and “confessions” style books from medical professionals. I constantly feel like I missed my window to be interested because everything I read is from the 90s or early 00s. I managed to read This Is Going to Hurt and Sometimes Amazing Things Happen last year, both were phenomenal.
This was a very roundabout way of saying I love your list!
Thank you. What a lovely compliment. I love those sorts of books, too, as you have probably already guessed.
I hadn’t been tracking new non-fiction releases, but some of these sound amazing! The Dark Fantastic sounds especially interesting.
I hope you love it!
It looks like you have a lot of potentially great reads coming up. I hope all of these make it into your hands. 🙂
Thank you. I’ll do my best.
I admire your ability to read nonfiction books! I struggle at it. They just don’t hold my interest as much, unfortunately. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg book looks very interesting though. I love her.
Thanks for stopping by Starry Sky Books!
You’re welcome, and thank you. Yes, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a fascinating woman.
I don’t read enough non-fiction. I read one or two last year and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I should probably seek it out more.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today!
You’re quite welcome. I hope you find some non-fiction that appeals to you this year.
I don’t really read a lot of non-fiction but your list definitely made me want to read some of these! Thanks for sharing these amazing books, I really want to see On the Basis of Sex–and it also makes me want to read more about Ruth Bader-Ginsburg because I hadn’t heard of her until I started seeing commercials for the movie.
You’re very welcome. I can’t wait to see Ruth Bader-Ginsburg’s movie!
I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but some of these look like I would enjoy them. I will have to follow you to watch for your review.
These all look so interesting! I don’t read enough non-fiction, so thanks for the heads-up on some good-looking ones. INFLUENZA definitely intrigues me.
Happy TTT! Yes, Influenza sounds like an amazing read.
I really need to read more non fiction! Ever since I started blogging it seems like my non fiction reading has dried right up, sadly. I think Influenza looks super interesting, and especially Beyond Words- I would LOVE more insight into the thoughts and feelings of whales and elephants. There must be so much we don’t know…
Yes, exactly. Whales and elephants are such intelligent creatures. If only we could have a conversation with them. I hope you find the time for more non-fiction reading soon.
I definitely don’t read enough non-fiction. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg book sounds awesome!
I hope you enjoy it if you read it. It sure does look good.
I don’t read much nonfiction, but a lot of these sound really interesting. I’ll be keeping an eye for them. 🙂
I love non-fiction! These sound like such interesting titles. Especially the one about bats.
Yay! It’s nice to meet someone else who loves non-fiction AND bats.
These are some interesting genres, they look great! I, myself, am excited to read George Washington, First Conspiracy 🙂
Thank you! I hope you like that book.
I really don’t read nonfiction, but I’ve been wanting to read some on animals. I don’t know if and when I will, but I would probably start with reading about dog breeds and cat breeds. Out of your list, I would rather read ones about authors I believe.
Thanks for stopping by!
You’re welcome. I hope you find that book.
I just had the glorious experience this past holiday break of watching the RBG documentary and getting a jump on that RBG life. So, I thank thee in introducing me to this non-fic title!
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You’re quite welcome. I’m looking forward to seeing the RBG documentary. Glad you liked it.
What a great selection of books!
Thank you very much!
Wow, such an interesting mix of books! I read much more fiction than non-fiction, but several of these really look like books I’d enjoy: The Ruth Bader Ginsburg book, the tiger book, and others. Enjoy your 2019 reading!
Thank you. I wish you lots of great reads in 2019, too.
Beyond Words looks great! Such great choices.
Thanks. I hope you enjoy Beyond Words if you decide to check it out.
There are some great ideas on books for me to read! Thanks for sharing!
You’re very welcome. Thank you for stopping by.
Oooo, that book about the tiger looks fascinating (as does the one about the flu!). So interesting to see some non-fiction choices!
Thank you. It’s fun to shake things up sometimes.
The Dark Fantastic and Dissenter on the Bench both sound like they could be fascinating.
Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. 🙂
You’re quite welcome. I’m glad you found the thought of those books intriguing.
Some nice selections. I hope you enjoy them. I may add one or two to my TBR list
Thank you very much!
This is a great list! 😍 I’m not really a non fiction reader, but it’s nice to see a different type of list than the ones I usually find. 🤓
What a nice compliment. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
Some great non-fit selections! I’m really interested in What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape – so much needs to change about how rape is portrayed, investigated and reported on. So I’m definitely going to look out for that one.
I couldn’t agree with you more there. We have a very long way to go on this issue.
These all look really interesting. Definitely have my eye on The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games since I follow the author on Twitter. I hope you enjoy all these!
Oh, I didn’t know the author had a Twitter account. That’s awesome. And thank you.
Great non-fiction picks! Womanish looks veery good, I’ll had to keep an eye out for it when it’s released.
Thanks. I hope you like Womanish.
Great list! I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work definitely appeals to me.
I’m glad to hear that book caught your eye. Happy reading!
I love how you focused on non-fiction books – it’s one of my favorite genres. No Beast So Fierce and Bats: An Illustrated Guide are immediately going on my TBR list
Thanks for commenting on my Top Ten list, btw 🙂
You’re quite welcome. I’m so glad you enjoyed my list.
I”m a sucker for plague related books so I’m definitely going to have to check out Influenza. Great list of Non-Fic. 🙂
Thanks. Happy reading!
I confess I don’t read much non-fic but I keep meaning to get into more memoirs and biographies! I loved looking through your list.😍
Aww, thank you.
“What We Talk About When We Talk about Rape” seems like a good book for me to be on the lookout for.
This is a great idea for a TTT, and there are a couple that grabbed me straight away. I think though, No 3 might be one I have to read.
Oh, I’d love it if non-fiction titles became an official TTT prompt. I might have to send it in as a suggestion!
Influenza looks really interesting! Nice list!!
Thank you. I hope you like it if you read it.
Ooh, the biography about Emily Dickinson looks super interesting! Especially since she’s my favorite poet 🙂
She’s my favourite poet, too! I hope it’s a good biography. I think it will be.
Oh I’ve never tried reading a non-fiction book before (I don’t really think it’s my genre but still, never say never right?). I hope you really enjoy these books though.
Happy reading too. 🙂
Thank you very much.
I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I find books on infectious diseases so interesting! Is it weird to enjoy reading about deadly illnesses that are responsible for the deaths of millions of people?
No, I don’t find it weird. I do it, too!
Ooooh that Ginsburg book looks good!! Great list! I hope they’re all 5 star reads!
Such an interesting line-up! So many different topics, and they all sound like must reads! I’ll have to add a few of these to my TBR list.
That’s awesome. I hope you love them.
I rarely read nonfiction but ur list seems great. I probably would come here if I need a recommendation~ 😉
What a nice compliment. Thank you.
I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but Beyond Words sounds interesting. Elephants are so loving and protective of each other I would be curious to read more about them.
They’re one of my favourite animals.
Some of those look wonderful, especialy The Dark Fantastic and the biographies of RBG, Emily Dickinson, and Louisa May Alcott.
I don’t read a lot of nonfiction on my downtime, but that’s because my freelance job entails in-depth reading and analysis of nonfiction books, most of them scholarly publications. I need relatively light fiction to relax!
Oh, no wonder you need need light reading in your downtime. Wow!
I once read only non-fiction one two years. It wasn’t until I started blogging that I got back into fiction. Becoming Emily and Louisa on the Front Lines both sound amazing. I hope you get to read all the books you’re looking forward to. Thanks for visiting The Book Connection this week.
You’re welcome, and thank you.
I love reading nonfiction from time to time, but I have mostly read autobiographies or memoirs. This is such an amazing list and I am definitely adding a few in my TBR. Thank you 🙂
You’re welcome. Your comment made me smile.
I just saw On the Basis of Sex and have the dvd of RBG waiting for me at the library. I suspect I’ll be eager to read about her after I’m done, so thanks for the recommendation!
You’re welcome How was On the Basis of Sex? I haven’t had a chance to see it yet.
Now *this* is a neat list! I don’t read a ton of nonfiction, but you definitely have my interest piqued, Lydia! I’ll be adding The Dark Fantastic to my own reading list. While I am not a writer, I am definitely intrigued in exploring these concepts more, their influences, and how they intersect with each other. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for your kind words! I hope you love The Dark Fantastic. It sure sounds like it’s going to be a good read.
Nice list. Bats, No Beast So Fierce, and Beyond Words sound interesting. I read a lot of non-fiction in science and history. I love learning about everything there is to learn.
I love learning, too! Science and history are so interesting. Thanks for stopping by.
Wow. I love your list. Will definitely check them out. 🙂
The cover of The Dark Fantastic has to be one of the most gorgeous covers of all time, wowwww. And the topic sounds really great too, this is one I am definitely adding to my list! I like the look of the historical ones too, especially the Louisa May Alcott one. And of course, I’d read anything about RBG! Hard pass on the Bats though 😂
Totally agreed about The Dark Fantastic. It’s gorgeous. I’m glad so many of the books on my list caught your eye. Thanks for stopping by.
This is such an excellent list, Lydia! Influenza and What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape are on my TBR, and it looks like I’ll have to check out Becoming Emily and Dissenter on the Bench as well. Happy 2019 reading!
Thank you. I hope you love all four of those books.
Sucn an interesting list! Not really my genre but as a fantasy reader The Dark Fantastic is calling to me.
Thank you very much. I hope you like it.
Thank you for sharing your list with me because I have been increasingly reading more non-fiction. I definitely want to add some of these to my Goodreads for the future.
You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy the books on my list that caught your eye!
I don’t read much non-fiction but give anything and everything on Ruth Bader Ginsburg always!!
She’s definitely someone worth reading about.