The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.

These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A nonfiction book about science.”


This category is wide-ranging and the options are nearly limitless. You can choose a book on medicine, the history of science, space flight, anthropology and archaeology, climate change, chemistry, or biology, to name just a few. The titles listed below are only suggestions; you shouldn’t feel restricted in what you choose and APL librarians can work with you to find a title that interests you, whether in our collection or by InterLibrary Loan.

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Available on Overdrive)
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf (Available on Overdrive)
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore (Availble on Audiobook)
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (Available on Overdrive)
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins by Susan Casey
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams (Available on Overdrive)
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush

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