Friday, March 19, 2010

Non-Fiction Five Challenge

It's become clear to me now that if there is a challenge out there that asks me to read books that I am already going to read anyway that I can't resist signing up! It will make me feel like a big success and I like make lists and then checking things off so when I came across the Non-Fiction Five Challenge I thought I better sign up for this one too!

I actually read more non-fiction in a year than I realize because I kind of forget that memoirs are non-fiction for some reason so this should be pretty each for me to handle. The rules are that between May and September of 2010, read 5 non-fiction books, making sure that at least one book is outside from your norm (i.e. 4 memoirs and 1 self-help).

Here's what I have on my shelf that I would like to pull from that are my non-fiction books but this is not a final read list! It is just to help me look back on if I get stuck toward the end of the challenge wondering what I should read to finish it up!

1. 'Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex' by Mary Roach
2. 'The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World' by Michael Pollan
3. 'The Female Brain' by Louann Brizendine
4. 'My Life in France' by Julia Child
5. 'The Mother Tongue' by Bill Bryson
6. 'Shakespeare: The World as a Stage' by Bill Bryson
7. 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson
8. 'A Walk in the Woods' by Bill Bryson

So yeah, I should be able to read 5 in that time!


  1. Good luck with the challenge. I tend to read a fair amount of non-fiction anyway so could probably complete this one without a problem. Too bad I have sworn off challenges!

  2. Me too Me too, I just started making a list for this challenge. Have fun and good luck

  3. Good luck! I never read as much non-fiction as I would like to, although I do love memoirs. Looks like a good list you have there! Enjoy!

  4. Wow--lots of Bryson on the list. I've heard great things about him but haven't tried yet (though I have Walk in the Woods in the shelf).

    Thanks for signing up for the challenge! I didn't realize how much non-fiction I read either until I looked at all the memoirs I love.

  5. God luck with this one. It is a great challenge. I haven't read any of the books on your list so it will be fun to see all the reviews and maybe add a few to my pile.

  6. This is so tempting. Your list is awesome. I'm going to try and avoid challenges for some time though :)

  7. Nice list...I think you should add Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand to your list. It was written in 1957, but is being lived today. bh


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