A NonFiction Adventure Reading Challenge

When I found The Fantasy Project, I also realized that Michelle had created a nonfiction challenge.  How did I not know about these?  I lover her seasonal readathons and general book choices.  I need to jump on this challenge also… I’m setting a goal of 100 books in 5 years, so my end date is August 2018.  I think I can manage that, and I just might go over.  I really want to read the nonfiction in my own stacks and branch out to those must reads I keep seeing.  See my list below the challenge details:

Here are the guidelines:

  • choose 50+ non-fiction books; the number is up to you.  Choose 50, 75, 100, 200.  It’s entirely your choice
  • Books must be non-fiction–biography, autobiography, history, memoir, cooking, travel, science, etc.
  • list them at your blog (or on Goodreads or another social media site, if you do not have a blog)
  • choose your completion goal date five years in the future and make note of it with your list of titles (like this:  reading goal–50 books  goal dates–March 20, 2012 – March 20, 2017)
  • come back here and post the link to your list in the linky below
  • write a review (or a short summary) on the book when finished and link it to the title in your list (or link to your review on Goodreads, again, if you don’t have a blog)
  • there will be pages posted at the top of the blog for you to link your reviews
  • when you have completed the challenge, come add your link to the Completed Challenges page
  • there will be a blog roll in the sidebar where I will list you/your blog linked to your lists
  • grab the button in the right sidebar and link it back to this blog
  • check out this PAGE which contains links to various online sources with lists of reading ideas
  • I might host a read-a-long from time to time.  If you are hosting one, or an event or challenge surrounding a non-fiction title, post about it at this PAGE
  • this challenge can be crossed over with any other challenges
  • your link in the linky below mustlead to your list, not just your main blog address.  Any links that are blog links only will be deleted
*I was asked if the list has to be made in advance.  The idea is to work toward reading non-fiction that you’ve been wanting to read so the list is mandatory. However, the list does not have to be set in stone. You can change out titles as the mood suits you.
My List:
The first 24 are taken directly from my Goodreads TBR shelf.  And the first 53 are those that I currently own.  The rest are suggestions and those I’ve been wanting to read. Notice the huge trend of history and women’s studies volumes.  Can you guess what my college majors were?
  1. Tales from the Boom Boom Room by Susan Antilla
  2. A History of God by Karen Armstrong
  3. The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong
  4. The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong
  5. Alexander Hamilton by Richard Brookhiser
  6. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  7. Living History by Hilary Rodham Clinton
  8. What Ifs? of American History by Robert Cowley
  9. Collapse by Jared Diamond
  10. Where the Girls Are by Susan Douglas
  11. Born for Liberty by Sara Evans
  12. Longitudes and Attitudes by Thomas Friedman
  13. The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
  14. The Confessions of St. Augustine
  15. The Private World of Georgette Heyer by Joan Aiken Hodge
  16. 13 by Nathaniel Lackenmeyer
  17. 1776 by David McCullough
  18. Founding Myths by Ray Raphael
  19. A Great Improvisation by Stacy Schiff
  20. The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
  21. When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone
  22. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
  23. One Woman, One Vote by Marjorie Wheeler
  24. A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonescraft
  25. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  26. The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins
  27. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
  28. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  29. Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich
  30. You Did What by Bill Fawcett
  31. No Turning Back by Estelle Freedman
  32. Bachelor Girl by Betty Israel
  33. Ladies and Not So Gentle Women by Alfred Allan Lewis
  34. Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels
  35. Becoming Mona Lisa by Donald Sassoon
  36. A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
  37. What They Didn’t Teach You About the Civil War by Mike Wright
  38. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  39. Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  40. Spinning Straw into Gold by Joan Gould
  41. John Adams by James Grant
  42. Frida by Hayden Herrera
  43. Histories by Herodotus
  44. Witchcraze by Anne Llewellyn Barstow
  45. Democracy by Alexis de Tocqueville
  46. Jesus and the Lost Goddess by Timothy Freke
  47. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  48. Devil in the Shape of a Woman by Carol Karlsen
  49. College Girls by Lynn Peril
  50. Boundaries of Her Body by Deborah Rowland
  51. Warrior Women by Jeanine Davis
  52. Five Sisters by James Fox
  53. The Words We Live By by Linda Monk
  54. Catherine the Great by Robert Massie
  55. Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
  56. Royal Panoply: Brief Lives of the English Monarchs by Carolly Erickson
  57. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  58. The Joy of Books by Eric Burns
  59. The Golden Bough by James George Frazer
  60. On Writing by Stephen King
  61. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  62. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  63. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  64. The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
  65. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson
  66. Washington by Ron Chernow
  67. American Lion by Jon Meacham
  68. Woodrow Wilson by John Milton Cooper
  69. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  70. Traitor to His Class by H.W. Brands
  71. Truman by David McCullough
  72. Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt
  73. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
  74. In the Footsteps of Alexander by Michael Wood
  75. The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester
  76. She-Wolves by Helen Castor
  77. The Vanished Library by Luciano Canfora
  78. (the rest is TBD)


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