Monday, March 17, 2008

CHALLENGE: Nonfiction Five 2008

Hey! We've been at these reading challenges for a while now, since challenges are coming back again. I did this one last year, hosted by the fabulous Joy, and read some great books:

Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Zlato's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Now, the big decision, what to read for the Nonfiction Challenge 2008. The easy way would be to use a lot of the biographies I'm reading for the In Their Shoes Challenge, but Joy is already warning us to read a variety of books. I don't think this will be a problem, here's a little list of potential books:

and I might include a biography or two. The biggest thing that will determine my books is what I haven't read by May 1st. Once I make my list, the books begin to look really interesting and it becomes harder to resist.


  1. Welcome, welcome, welcome! I'm glad you have decided to join us once again in the Non-Fiction Five Challenge! With so many great challenges and blogs to visit, my non-fiction reads have dwindled. I'm looking forward to shaking things up a bit. :)

    I have In Cold Blood on my list of possibilities. I think I'll go now and search your blog for your review.

    Happy Reading, Raidergirl3!

  2. joy - I don't pick up the NF as quickly, so this is perfect. And one per month is a good rate of challenge. And I definitely signed up for this one!
    In Cold Blood was very good.

  3. As much as I would like to sign up for this challenge again, my track record for this year hasn't been so hot already, so I think I'll have to pass. It'll be interesting to see what everyone does read for it though.

  4. wendy - it has to be fun. I find a lot of fun in making the list and picking books I'd like to read. Whether I get them all done is bonus. I think I'll be adding Wild Swans to list after list, because while I'd like to read it, it looks long and I've read mixed reviews, so I always find a reason not to read it.

  5. I just read and reviewed "that book about food" by Barbara Kingsolver, and would definitely recommend it!

    btw, it's called Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. :)

  6. *Sigh* I had just picked out my pile for the Travel around the world challenge, and am deciding on the fairy tale challenge (which I can easily complete!) and then...this one....and i just bought a new non-fiction i've wanted to read since it came out - Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas.....i have to be careful, I'll lose track soon. but they are all really good challenges! do you think we are a wee bit competitive, even with ourselves?? see you in the challenge!! *smile*

  7. nyssaneala - of course, thanks for the title, and glad to hear you liked it a lot.

    susan - I really don't care if I finish a challenge, it's so much fun picking books I want to read. But, yeah, I'm competitive too :)

  8. Hi Raidergirl3 - here's my list:
    and, that's the last challenge I can reasonably join! though, I like your comment - half the fun is picking out the books to read!! Thanks for mentioning all the challenges on your site. Now, for our reviews as we read them. :-) though, a very tiny voice is whispering that joining the Pulitzer Prize, Man Booker Prize open ended challenges - to read all the winners the competition has been going and NO TIME LIMIT- looks really interesting and fun, and I could say I've broadened my reading.....!! I LOVE books!

  9. Wild Swans is long but so worth it. It was my favorite non-fiction book last year. I loved it!


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