Books to Read in 2015: Nonfiction

Every year, I have a resolution to read more. This year is no exception. It may seem a little strange coming from a Reading teacher, but from August-May, my repertoire is either professional development or young adult literature.

Even though I am busier than ever, it couldn’t hurt to shut off the TV during my rare downtime (30 minutes before bedtime) and read a book.

Here are 5 nonfiction books to read in 2015:


1. Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level

This book is all about PD, but I had to share it. If you are an educator or parent, I highly recommend this book. I just started it, but it speaks to the culture of innovation and how we can foster our children as 21st Century Learners. “Genius Hour” is a time where students can explore their own learning, passion projects, through research and creation. We practice this in my classroom every Friday. If you are interested in learning more about Genius Hour, feel free to email me (, and I can provide you with some resources I have put together.

2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

This is on my iPad right now, but I haven’t dove into it yet. This is the biography of war hero and Olympian, Louis Zamperini, currently a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. I have yet to see the film, since I always want to read the book first. Narrative nonfiction is the genre that draws me in more than any other. The New York Times calls it, “Ambitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.” I can’t wait to read it.

3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

I am late to the Mindy Kaling party, but I have started DVRing the Mindy Project. (Come on Netflix, add it! I want to catch up!) She is hilarious, candid, and downright adorable. I put her memoir on my virtual bookshelf.

4. The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users

Like most bloggers, I love social media as a way to reach out to my readers. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+. . .I like to read up on the best strategies and trends to keep me connected. Guy Kawasaki is a guru, and I am ready to dive into this one in 2015!

5. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

Dan Harris’ memoir on quieting that inner, anxious voice is said to be a hilarious reflection on mediation and self-help. Who wouldn’t want to be 10% happier?

Stay tuned for my 5 fiction books for 2015!

Other lists to check out:

Best Books of the Month
100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
Book Club Picks

What nonfiction books are on your list this year?

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23 comments for “Books to Read in 2015: Nonfiction

  1. January 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I have heard AWESOME things about that Mindy Kaling book! I’ll have to check it out from the library soon!
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  2. January 30, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I thin Unbroken sounds fantastic. I just need to find the extra time to read.
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  3. January 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Non-fiction is all I read any more. Not familiar with any of these, but right now I’m in the middle of one from the creator of Jenga (the game)!
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  4. January 30, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I am working toward 15 books for 2015 – which is a bit low, but I liked the whole 15 in 15 thing! I’m adding unbroken to my list. A few days ago I shared my winter reading list non-fiction and memoirs!
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    • January 31, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Awesome, Emily! I am going to check out your list!

  5. January 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    So excited to read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption!

    • January 31, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Me too! It’s a cold day here. I might start today!

  6. January 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I am definitely a reader as you and probably everyone else knows. I tend to stay away from non fiction. When I read I really want to escape into a make believe type world sometimes based on truth. I will occasionally pick up non-fiction but not that often. I can’t wait to see what you suggest for fiction books!
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    • January 31, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thanks, Michele! I am a nonfiction junkie, but my favorites are narrative nonfiction and memoirs. I still can escape in those!

  7. January 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I’ve got a bunch of homeschool books on my list for this year
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    • January 31, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Awesome! I highly recommend Pure Genius for education. It’s enlightening.

  8. January 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    This is a good list of books to read in 2015. I think I’ll add a few of them to my list.
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  9. January 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I so wish I had time to read a good book. I know I have to make time but it’s just impossible these days.
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    • January 31, 2015 at 10:53 am

      I understand! I am the same way. I read as part of my job, but it’s still difficult to finish one with kids!

  10. January 31, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    These are some great titles. Nonfiction is sometimes difficult to choose so I will add these to my list of books to read.
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  11. February 8, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Unbroken is an amazing book! I’ll be checking out some of these others as well.

  12. February 9, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Great list. I have to read Dan Harris’ book. Thanks for recommending these.
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    • February 9, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      You are welcome! I have read two already (most of Pure Genius and Guy K.’s social media book). I actually got to talk to the author of Pure Genius on Google Hangout last week. So cool!

  13. February 9, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    I’m adding 10% Happier to my wishlist. This is much needed for my 2015 goal!
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