Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Non-Fiction Releases for the First Half of 2019

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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

Release Date: Today

2. Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Love and Life by Kim McLarin

Release Date: January 15

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

Release Date: February 5

6. Louisa on the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War by Samantha Seiple

Release Date: February 26

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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. 🤓

  11. 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.

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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