2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration Part #2

I’m delighted to welcome you to the 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge. The challenge asks participants to read up to 12 books over the year, each from a different category


1. Biography 2. Travel 3. Self-help 4. Essay Collection 5. Disease 6. Oceanography 7. Hobbies 8. Indigenous Cultures 9. Food 10. Wartime Experiences 11. Inventions 12. Published in 2021

Click here to learn more about the 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge, sign up and join the fun!

For the next four weeks I will post some titles for each category that might inspire your own selections.

Click here for Part #1 – Biography, Travel, Self Help/Self Improvement

You can find more suggestions via other bloggers, and lists such as Goodreads Listopia, Library Booklists. Use your good faith judgement as to whether a book fits a particular category or not.

Essay Collection

Contemporary essay collections are a collection of personal or academic observations, usually linked in theme or subject.


A simple definition of disease is an illness or sickness characterised by specific signs or symptoms. It negatively affects the structure, function or system of the body and can be caused by a bacteria, virus, or genetic mutation.


Oceanography is the study of the physical, chemical, and biological features of the ocean, including the ocean’s ancient history, its current condition, and its future.


Feel free to add your own recommendations and suggestions in the comments

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Harper
    Jan 16, 2021 @ 08:35:56

    Thanks for the suggestions Oceanography will probably be the hardest for me and the category I’m least likely to complete.

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  2. Kate W
    Jan 16, 2021 @ 10:55:52

    I’m almost finished my first book for this challenge- Leslie Jamison’s essay collection, Make it Scream, Make it Burn.

    I have a bunch of books to choose from for the disease category but oceanography was a little trickier – I’ve settled on Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs… it’s about a whale but that counts, right? 😬

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  3. Diane
    Jan 16, 2021 @ 11:44:54

    What a nice variety of NF, I haven’t read any of these but, I do want to read more NFthis year.

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  4. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Jan 17, 2021 @ 03:04:28

    I’ve been looking for Oceanography books which has been a little hard but now I have a lot of books to check out. Thanks so much for sharing! 😀

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  5. Books and livres (@AndLivres)
    Jan 17, 2021 @ 04:58:41

    I’m rather fed up with pandemy (I could tell you a story about health, but you would never set foot at the hairdresser’s again :D) but the oceanography references interest me very much, thank you 🙂

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  6. silverbuttonbooks
    Jan 17, 2021 @ 09:32:38

    At least I am not alone in struggling to find oceanography books! These look amazing. Thanks for the variety.

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  7. Sharon
    Jan 17, 2021 @ 13:11:14

    The book I just posted on would be a good choice for the essay category, Findings by Kathleen Jamie but I am going to claim it for the travel category which it also fits. I also like the oceanography suggestions, there are lots of wonderful books out there on that topic.
    Loving this challenge.

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  9. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 02:58:08

    We read The Wave in our book group. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it at all, but what a great surprise it was.

    I’ve written down a couple of the essays titles. Thank you for the suggestions.



  10. 1girl2manybooks
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 12:34:29

    I love these posts with suggestions!

    Liked by 1 person


  11. thebookishlibra
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 12:53:26

    This is such a great variety of books. I’m not doing any challenges this year but I do want to read more nonfiction so thanks for the suggestions. 🙂

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  12. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    Jan 22, 2021 @ 22:30:35

    Great suggestions!

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  14. BookerTalk
    Jan 30, 2021 @ 06:07:57

    Can’t help with oceanography at all – I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book on that theme in my life.

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  16. Sue at Book By Book
    Feb 03, 2021 @ 10:18:01

    I enjoy essay collections, especially on audio read by the author. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Wow, No Thank You. I think I have some essay collections and disease-related NF on my very lengthy audio backlog.


    Book By Book

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