Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Non-Fiction Five Challenge

Whoops - I've joined another book challenge!

It was the lesser of two evils though as I was very, very close to joining the "pre-printing press" book challenge (which looks fascinating!) when realisation hit me. I really, really don't need to be distracted from working through my current pile of fabulous TBR books and Jodie from Book Gazing kindly suggested that I sign up to this one instead!

The rules for the Non-Fiction Five Challenge are pretty simple:

1. Read 5 non-fiction books during the months of May - September, 2009
2. Read at least one non-fiction book that is different from your other choices

This is a great way to work through some of my non-fiction TBR pile that always gets neglect in favour of fiction instead. I have no idea why this is as I do want to read every book that I have listed below it's just I tend to pass them over for easier, escapist books instead.

  • The Bolter - Frances Osborne
  • The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House - Kate Summerscale
  • Dry Store Room No 1 - Richard Fortey
  • The Dragons of Eden - Carl Sagan
  • The Origin of Humankind - Richard Leakey
  • The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters - Charlotte Mosley
  • Works on Paper - Michael Holyroyd
  • Our Hidden Lives - Simon Garfield
  • Bad Science - Ben Goldacre
  • Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich - Alison Owings

Oh dear - and these are just the unread non-fiction books that are on the bookshelves near my computer! Clearly this challenge came at the right time for me.

I have three new bookcases arriving on Friday and that will mean that the last of the "attic books" can come downstairs so I can have a proper rummage for books to read for this challenge - although clearly I have enough to hand to complete the prescribed five!


Jodie said...

I'm very excited about my challenge influencing power! I've also signed up (and the printing press challenge got me and I'm a late joiner to diversity rocks).

Peta said...

It's clearly a power you must only use for Good! ;)

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Thanks for signing up for the challenge! I've been really wanting to read The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher--actually almost picked it up last night! Happy reading.