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message 1: by Kadijah Michelle (last edited Dec 18, 2017 04:37PM) (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments RECOMMENDED NONFICTION CHALLENGE
Duration January 1 to December 31, 2018


How many times have you said to yourself, “I would love to read more nonfiction!” but then had no idea what to read? How do you know if the book will be good, or if you will be reading something as dry as a text book? This year, we decided that for our non-fiction challenge, we would bring you the best that non-fiction has to offer...recommended lists from those that love to read non-fiction. Dr. Google has helped us out and given you some lists to jump off from, but feel free to explore the internet and research nonfiction books that will interest YOU (and please share what you find with the rest of us).

The Modern Library’s 100 Best Nonfiction
72 Great Nonfiction Titles for Book Clubs
The Guardian’s Best Nonfiction Books of All Time
Amazon’s Most Sold Nonfiction Books
Nonfiction Listopias

And if you can’t find it on any of these lists, that’s fine, as long as it’s nonfiction and it interests you! Maybe you could even start your own list!


message 2: by Kadijah Michelle (last edited Apr 11, 2018 01:08PM) (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments How to Participate

1. Post here telling the challenge leader that you'd like to join the challenge. You can choose your books for the challenge at the beginning, or add them as you go. You can join a challenge at any time, as long as the challenge is still active.

2. Whenever you finish a book for the challenge, post here and let the challenge leader know so they can update your progress.

Some members choose to update their original post with their progress to keep track of their challenge more easily, but make sure to also post a new message so the challenge leader knows to go look at your original post. You can look at how other members report their progress to find a strategy that works well for you.

For more information about how challenges work, check out this thread or ask your challenge leader.


Participants

Amanda (m. 10) - 2 /15
Amanda (m. 18) - 1 /5
Amycheng - 0 /12
Arushi - 0 /12
Ben - 2 /20
Berit - 6 /15
Betsy - 4 /20
Bibliophile Britt - 0 /20
Blagica - 0 /7
Cait - 2 /12
Candiss - 1 /4
Caraina - 10 /12
Carment - 0 /5
Carri - 0 /10
Carrie - 0 /5
Charity - 0 /5
Chrissy (m. 19) - 6 /12
Chrissy (m. 37) - 2 /15
Cindy lll - 0 /5
Claire - 0 /6
Clare - 0 /6
Daniel - 17 /50
Debra - 1 /4
Doris - 13 /24
Elaine - 1 /10
Elise - 1 /8
Emily - 5 /20
Fatma - 0 /10
FV - 0 /4
Gem - 0 /6
Geralyn - 2 /6
Hafsa Z.U - 3 /15
Heather - 11 /12
Ilona - 0 /5
Irene - 0 /10
Jane - 0 /10
jb - 0 /12
Jenn - 2 /15
Jennifer (m. 107) - 12 /24
Jennifer (m. 13) - 0 /12
Jenny - 4 /22
Kadijah Michelle - 2 /12
Kara - 0 /6
Kat - 10 /12
Katherine - 0 /12
Kiwi Begs2Differ - 16 /18
Kylie - 0 /6
Laura Jane - 0 /20
Lauren - 20 /20
Lauri - 0 /12
Laurie - 4 /12
Leah - 0 /5
Leona - 0 /5
Lindsay - 2 /4
Lois - 0 /?
Loulou - 4 /6
Martha - 9 /15
Maxine - 0 /12
Megan - 0 /10
Pamela - 1 /6
Patricia - 0 /6
Paula - 6 /10
Q - 0 /4
Rachelnyc - 6 /24
Ranmali - 4 /12
Rebecca - 1 /4
Richelle - 2 /12
Rina - 8 /10
Ronja - 0 /5
Sabrina - 0 /5
Simply Kristin - 0 /6
Stefani - SpelingExpirt - 1 /12
Susy - 4 /12
Vicki - 2 /12
Wolf (Alpha) - 0 /20
ZaraS - 0 /12

As of message 187 on April 11.


message 3: by Susy (new)

Susy (susysstories) I'm going to join this one. Don't know if I'll make it but I want to try and read 12 non fiction books.....


message 5: by Jenn (last edited Dec 16, 2018 10:30PM) (new)

Jenn (thebiracialbookdragon) | 61 comments I am going to try for 15

1. This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
2. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
3. Hidden by Cathy Glass
4. The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
5. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
6. Bad Dogs Have More Fun by John Grogan
7. The Blood of Emmett Till
8. The Tao Made Easy: Timeless Wisdom to Navigate a Changing World by Alan Cohen
9.Sickened: The True Story of A Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory
10. I am Nujood Age 10 and Divorced Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui
11. They Cage the Animals at Night
12. Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston
13.The Privilege of Youth by Dave Pelzer
14. The Secret Holocaust Diaries
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14/15


message 6: by Gem (new)

Gem  Paullin | 184 comments I'll try for 6.

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message 9: by Berit (last edited Nov 26, 2018 02:21PM) (new)

Berit Lundqvist | 1000 comments I’m in for 25.
Challenge completed 25/25.

1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - READ
2. Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad - READ
3. Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End... - READ
4. The Bookseller of Kabul - READ
5. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need - READ
6. One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway - READ
7. My European Family: A Genetic Adventure Across 54,000 Years - READ
8. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - READ
9. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- READ
10. I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic - READ
11. Modern Romance - READ
12. The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan - READ
13. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? - READ
14. Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War - READ
15. Eating Animals - READ
16. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think - READ
17. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - READ
18. What Happened - READ
19. Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency - READ
20. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House - READ
21. Penguins - READ
22. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - READ
23. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - READ
24. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - READ
25. The Elephant Whisperer - READ


message 15: by Candiss (last edited Dec 22, 2018 06:45PM) (new)

Candiss (tantara) | 996 comments Please put me down for 4.

I will read nonfiction recommended by NPR.

1. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
2. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
3. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
4. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? - Jeanette Winterson


Read: 4/4 - COMPLETED!


message 16: by Irene (new)

Irene | 52 comments I'm in! I'm not sure yet what my plan of attack will be, either I'll do it the Dewey Decimal way, or I'll choose a couple of books from the Modern Library list. Either way, put me down for 10 and I'll see how far I get.


message 18: by Amanda (last edited Aug 22, 2018 08:32AM) (new)

Amanda R (fairyteapot) | 1474 comments Recommended Non-Fiction Lists Challenge
Duration: January 1 – December 31, 2018


1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Completed 6/3/18 Rating 5 stars
2. Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage. by Elizabeth Gilbert Completed 11/4/18 Rating 3 stars
3. How To Launch A Freelance Copywriting Business: Creative Writing For A Living by Jules Horne
Completed 21/5/18 Rating 4 stars
4. Sane New World: Taming The Mind by Ruby Wax
Completed 28/7/18 Rating 4 stars
5. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
Completed 20/8/18 Rating 4 stars


5/5

Challenge completed


message 19: by Chrissy (last edited Dec 09, 2018 08:42PM) (new)

Chrissy | 248 comments I'm in - let's say 12.

Finished:
1. Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times finished Jan 15 ★★★★
2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind finished Jan 25 ★★★1/2
3. What Happened finished Jan 30 ★★★★★
4. This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare Feb 1 ★★★
5. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst March 29 ★★★★★
6. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman April ★★★★★
7. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary April 21 ★★★
8. Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir April 24 ★★★★
9. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics June 14 ★★★
10. The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century July 24 ★★★★
11. The View From Flyover Country: Essays by Sarah Kendzior August 18 ★★★★
12. So You Want to Talk About Race September 11 ★★★★
13. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World September 22 ★★★★
14. Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness October 11 ★★★★★
15. Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam October 19 ★★★
16. This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today October 20 ★★★
17. H is for Hawk November 18 ★★★
18. An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States ★★★1/2
19. Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

TBR:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Land
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine


message 20: by Jenny (last edited Aug 26, 2018 03:41AM) (new)

Jenny (jennywilliams88) I'll try for 22 please (created my own list from books that were on other challenges)

Recommended Non Fiction Challenge 2018

8/22

1. The Devil & Sherlock Holmes
2. Race: Vintage Minis
3. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
4. The Two Princes of Calabar

5. Tracing Your West Country Ancestors
6. City of Light, City of Poison
7. Men Explain Things to Me
8. I am Malala

9. The King in Love
10. The Last Royal Rebel
11. The Bad Boys of Brexit
12. The Victorian City
13. The Undesirables
14. The Affair
15. The Mapmaker's Wife
16. Rumrunners
17. Wedlock
18. Mary Queen of Scots
19. Let This Be Our Secret
20. Queer City
21. Georgiana
22. A Charmed Life


message 21: by Elaine (last edited Jan 30, 2018 09:13AM) (new)

Elaine | 36 comments Recommended Nonfiction Challenge

Challenge Accepted: January 1, 2018
Challenge (hopefully) Completed: December 31, 2018

I am in for 10 books.

1. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande 1-24-18
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message 22: by Wolf (Alpha) (new)

Wolf (Alpha) | 257 comments I'm in for 20 books.


message 24: by Blagica (new)

Blagica  | 12049 comments i'm in for 7


message 25: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments ZaraS wrote: "I was intending on restricting the number of challenges to 1 this year and then you come up with this one! I generally love non-fiction!

I'll choose my books as I go. Thanks"


Zara, you know me, I have to have my nonfiction!!!


message 26: by Kadijah Michelle (last edited Mar 17, 2018 01:19PM) (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments I will go for 12 from the Guardian's List.

The Guardian's List

1. A Brief History of Time
2. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

2/12


message 27: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Everyone is updated. Welcome to the challenge!


message 28: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer | 2365 comments Kadijah I totally agree with you about needing to have non-fiction. I'm finding that as I'm getting older I'm leaning more and more to reading non-fiction than fiction.


message 29: by Lauren (last edited Apr 08, 2018 04:22PM) (new)

Lauren Cottrell (lcottrell14) | 68 comments I finished!!!

1. The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research by Stephen D. Krashen (01/20/18)
2. Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Wise (02/08/18)
3. Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery by William Miller (02/09/18)
4. March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (02/11/18)
5. March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (02/12/18)
6. March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (02/14/18)
7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (02/15/18)
8. Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School (02/15/18)
9. A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror by Howard Zinn (02/19/18)
10. Malala: Activist for Girls' Education by Raphaële Frier (02/19/18)
11. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin (02/19/18)
12. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki (02/20/18)
13. Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson (02/20/18)
14. Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Cindy Trumbore (02/21/18)
15. The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore (02/21/18)
16. They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (02/26/18)
17. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (03/04/18)
18. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick (03/09/18)
19. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle (04/07/18)
20. #Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (04/08/18)


message 31: by Cindy III (last edited Mar 29, 2018 10:40PM) (new)

Cindy III | 332 comments I'm in for 5

RECOMMENDED NONFICTION CHALLENGE
Duration January 1 to December 31, 2018
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message 32: by Claire (new)

Claire (proud-mum) | 278 comments RECOMMENDED NONFICTION CHALLENGE
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message 34: by Emily (last edited Aug 07, 2018 11:18AM) (new)

Emily (emilyesears) | 532 comments I'm in to read 20 nonfiction books at least. I've read 36 so far this year.

1. Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters completed 1/9
2. The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember completed 1/31
3. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption completed 2/3
4. The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer completed 2/14
5. The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes completed 3/15
6. Going Solo completed 4/6
7. BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google completed 4/14
8. Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters completed 5/5
9. Teaching the New Library completed 5/31
10. Florence Harding: The First Lady, the Jazz Age, and the Death of America's Most Scandalous President completed 6/2
11. All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know about Getting and Spending completed 6/9
12. Adult Programs in the Library completed 6/13
13. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously completed 6/21
14. Margaret Fuller: A New American Life completed 6/26
15. The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia completed 7/4
16. Disciple: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study: Study Manual completed 7/22
17. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth completed 7/25
18. An Age of License: A Travelogue completed 7/26
19. French Milk completed 7/28
20. The Princess Saves Herself in this One completed 7/29
21. The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter's Notebook completed 8/6
22. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race completed 8/7


message 35: by Richelle (last edited Jan 13, 2018 09:46PM) (new)


message 36: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Johnson | 81 comments Sign me up for 12. 1 book per month - I need to read more non-fiction.


message 38: by Lauri (last edited Dec 28, 2017 12:34AM) (new)

Lauri (otwlauri) | 148 comments I'd like to try 1 per month -- so 12 total.

1. I am Malala
2. Conversations With Isabel Allende
3. Stephen King's the Craft
4. In Cold Blood
5. Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee
6. The Glass Castle
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
8. Meet Me in Atlantis
9. My Invented Country
10. Whatever You Do, Don't Run
11. The Feminine Face of God
12. Scrappy Little Nobody


message 39: by Pamela (last edited Jan 07, 2018 02:10AM) (new)

Pamela | 91 comments I have several nonfiction books that I have been wanting to get to; so put me down for 6.

1. The One Week Budget Learn to Create Your Money Management System in 7 Days or Less! by Tiffany 'The Budgetnista' Aliche The One Week Budget: Learn to Create Your Money Management System in 7 Days or Less!
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message 40: by Laura Jane (new)

Laura Jane (loopylulaura) | 175 comments I seem to have started collecting more and more nonfiction books and then not getting round to reading them so I'll try for 20.


message 41: by Q (new)

Q | 94 comments Put me down for 4 please.

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message 42: by Ronja (new)

Ronja (roszanen) | 24 comments I’m in for five.


message 43: by Kristen (new)

Kristen  | 11 comments I would love to join this challenge at 6 books :-)


message 44: by Kylie (new)

Kylie Cantwell | 633 comments I'm up for 6 too.


message 45: by Leona (new)

Leona (mnleona) | 113 comments I would like to be in for 5.


message 46: by Carri (last edited Jan 04, 2018 10:24PM) (new)

Carri | 316 comments I am in for 10
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message 47: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Welcome to the challenge everyone!


message 48: by Carrie (new)

Carrie | 310 comments Ok, I'll give this a try. I have multiple shelves of Non-fiction books that I really should read, so I'm in for 5. :)

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message 49: by Overbooked ✎ (new)

Overbooked  ✎ (kiwi_fruit) | 2194 comments Count me in, please, I'll start with 18.


message 50: by Maxine (new)

Maxine Munro (PurpleThistles) | 5 comments I would like to join in. Please put me down for 12 books, one per month.

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