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message 1: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Get ready, get set, GO - into our month for reading all those delicious non-fiction/biographical/history and any other qualifying books that you just haven't got around to lately!

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“Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.”
Carol Shields

Lose yourself in some non-fiction this month, immerse yourself in one of those 'fact is stranger than fiction' moments, discover some fascinating lives...enjoy.

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Some links to help your choices of non-fiction:

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/28...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/18...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/73...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/13...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/13...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/82...

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/...

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“Books mean all possibilities. They mean moving out of yourself, losing yourself, dying of thirst and living to your full. They mean everything.”
Ali Smith

LOVE YOUR READING...LIVE YOUR READING!


message 2: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
I'm not sure which one (some) I'll read for this challenge, I have a few.....but I'll add it in when I work it out:)


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) Great challenge Brenda ive already got a few lined up. :D

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir
The Family Law


message 4: by Jessy (last edited Feb 19, 2012 09:55PM) (new)

Jessy (snuggleglooms) | 381 comments Have been wanting to read this for a long time!!

Whateverland Learning to Live Here by Alexis Stewart

It's meant to be a whole book running down Martha Stewart by her daughter like a car crash you can't look away from!!! Gotta read it lol


message 5: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Great challenge Brenda ive already got a few lined up. :D

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir
The Family Law"


The first one sounds good Michael....I'll wait for your review to maybe add it:)


message 6: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Jessy wrote: "Have been wanting to read this for a long time!!

Whateverland Learning to Live Here by Alexis Stewart

It's meant to be a whole book running down Martha Stewart by her daughter like a car cras..."


Sounds interesting Jessy!


message 7: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) It does sound good Brenda. Ive had it for a fair while just never got round to reading it. :D


message 8: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Michael wrote: "It does sound good Brenda. Ive had it for a fair while just never got round to reading it. :D"

It reminds me of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns:)


message 9: by Jessy (new)

Jessy (snuggleglooms) | 381 comments Michael wrote: "Great challenge Brenda ive already got a few lined up. :D

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir
The Family Law"


Gosh they both sound very interesting!! Especially the first one!


message 11: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) Been looking for an excuse to read that one, should be good. :)


message 12: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Maggie wrote: "So many to choose from:

Maybe Aging With Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives, or [book:Biting Anorexia: A Firsthand Accoun..."


See if you can read them all Maggie!!! There's only 7 there (I think...lol)


message 13: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Been looking for an excuse to read that one, should be good. :)"

Good that we could oblige Michael;D


message 14: by Maggie (new)

Maggie | 3 comments Brenda wrote: "Maggie wrote: "So many to choose from:

Maybe Aging With Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives, or [book:Biting Anorexia: A F..."


Seven?? That's only the first few pages...........there's so many more!


message 16: by Michael (new)

Michael (knowledgelost) I'm surprised Brenda isn't taking this opportunity to read Do You Think You're Clever?: The Oxbridge Questions


message 17: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Maggie wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Maggie wrote: "So many to choose from:

Maybe Aging With Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives, or [book:Bitin..."


LOL!!! ;D


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message 19: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Knowledge Lost wrote: "I'm surprised Brenda isn't taking this opportunity to read Do You Think You're Clever?: The Oxbridge Questions"

Hmmmm!!!


message 20: by Jessy (new)

Jessy (snuggleglooms) | 381 comments Brenda why do you think the Ann Frank story is still so popular? Pretty much on all the lists you suggested she was listed. What is it about her story that has captured everybody so much?


message 21: by Kylie (new)

Kylie Got a few lined up for other challenges, will add them as i read them.


message 22: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Jessy wrote: "Brenda why do you think the Ann Frank story is still so popular? Pretty much on all the lists you suggested she was listed. What is it about her story that has captured everybody so much?"

I don't know Jessy...it's always been a heartwarming but tragic story. She was so young, and the fact that she died so close to the end of the war, when she was basically only 2 weeks away from being free. The book I listed I only picked up last week, it was one I hadn't seen before. I think people are just captivated by her courage, and the courage of those around her, her family and the friends who tried to keep them safe, at risk of their own lives, I don't think it will ever not be read!

When my daughter was travelling overseas a few years ago, she actually went to Ann Frank's house, she said it was fascinating, but eerie.


message 23: by Davina (new)

Davina | 154 comments I think I'll read Sh*t My Dad Says because it is something my husband would enjoy too.


message 24: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
I have just read a blog post by Bronwyn Parry...I have now added http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13... to the GR database, added it to my TBR list, and reserved it from the library:D

If I receive it in time, I will read it for this challenge:)


message 25: by Jessy (new)

Jessy (snuggleglooms) | 381 comments Brenda wrote: "Jessy wrote: "Brenda why do you think the Ann Frank story is still so popular? Pretty much on all the lists you suggested she was listed. What is it about her story that has captured everybody so m..."

I think your right. I read The Diary of Anne Frank when I was young. I think to because it captures in the face of true evil the human spirit can still shine through. All the risks the friends and family took are an example of that.

But I also think maybe it puts a human face onto something that the sheer size of the atrocities that were happening can be overwhelming and it shrinks it down into something that is more personal if that makes it sense.


message 26: by Sally906 (new)

Sally906 I have a couple of non-fiction that I need to read for various year-long challenges - so will read either

The Good Life Up the Yukon Without a Paddle by Dorian Amos The Good Life: Up the Yukon Without a Paddleby Dorian Amos

or

The Exact Same Moon Fifty Acres and a Family by Jeanne Marie Laskas The Exact Same Moon: Fifty Acres and a Family by Jeanne Marie Laskas

I may even read both :)


message 27: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Jessy wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Jessy wrote: "Brenda why do you think the Ann Frank story is still so popular? Pretty much on all the lists you suggested she was listed. What is it about her story that has captured..."

That's exactly right Jessy...it's something that I think will always be interesting to whatever generation of people want to read about Anne Frank and the horrors of the war.


message 28: by Maggie (new)

Maggie | 3 comments Jessy wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Jessy wrote: "Brenda why do you think the Ann Frank story is still so popular? Pretty much on all the lists you suggested she was listed. What is it about her story that has captured..."

Jessy I think you've nailed it on the head. The scope of a world war reduces the appalling conflict to numbers, dates, battles. However when looked at from a more personal view it allows us to realise the truth - how it affects people, often and usually innocent. It helps us understand how it was, and allows us to wonder how we would cope in similar circumstances.


message 29: by Maggie (new)

Maggie | 3 comments Brenda: When my daughter was travelling overseas a few years ago, she actually went to Ann Frank's house, she said it was fascinating, but eerie.

I can imagine it would have been. When I have visited areas / places where appalling events have occurred there is definitely a sense of history mixed with unease. My sister tells me that birds will not fly over Auschwitz - does anyone know if this is true?


message 30: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Maggie wrote: "Brenda: When my daughter was travelling overseas a few years ago, she actually went to Ann Frank's house, she said it was fascinating, but eerie.

I can imagine it would have been. When I have vis..."


My daughter went to both Auschwitz and Birkenau...she said Birkenau was deathly silent, no birds or anything..so eerie, ghostly, just something she had a lot of trouble explaining, but she said it gave her goosebumps. The friend she was with couldn't get out of there soon enough.


message 31: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments I've got a few to read for this challenge

The Romantic
Melbourne
Affection


message 32: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Feb 20, 2012 05:22PM) (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Mish wrote: "I've got a few to read for this challenge

The Romantic
Melbourne
Affection"


Looks good Mish! I've looked at Melbourne myself, (it's on my TBR list) and wondered what it'd be like....I'll wait to hear from you:)


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April Fool's Day - Bryce Courtenay.


message 34: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Tanvi wrote: "April Fool's Day - Bryce Courtenay."

Excellent choice Tanvi! A very sad, but extremely worthwhile read:)


message 35: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments No problem Brenda.

They've also got one on Sydney by Delia Falconer....it's part of the 'City Series'

The others are In Search of Hobart by Peter Timms and Brisbane by Matthew Condon


message 36: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Mish wrote: "No problem Brenda.

They've also got one on Sydney by Delia Falconer....it's part of the 'City Series'

The others are In Search of Hobart by [aut..."


I didn't realize all those others were out too, thanks Mish!


message 37: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

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Brenda wrote: "Mish wrote: "No problem Brenda.

They've also got one on Sydney by Delia Falconer....it's part of the 'City Series'

The others are [book:In Search of Hobart|13420291..."


Just added them to my TBR list!!


message 38: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Yeah I think it's a great series to read. There's a book for 'Adelaide' by Kerryn Goldsworthy...but can't find it here on GR


message 39: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Mish wrote: "Yeah I think it's a great series to read. There's a book for 'Adelaide' by Kerryn Goldsworthy...but can't find it here on GR"

I'll see if I can locate it, and add it, thanks Mish:)


message 40: by Jessy (new)

Jessy (snuggleglooms) | 381 comments I wonder if I re-read The Diary of Anne Frank again now would it have a different impact on me now I am older and alot more aware of what went on and alot less naive about the world??


message 41: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Feb 20, 2012 06:01PM) (new)

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Brenda wrote: "Mish wrote: "Yeah I think it's a great series to read. There's a book for 'Adelaide' by Kerryn Goldsworthy...but can't find it here on GR"

I'll see if I can locate it, and add it, thanks Mish:)"


Adelaide by Kerryn Goldsworthy:)


message 42: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Great...you found it. I'll added it to mine too :)

Thanks


message 43: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Jessy wrote: "I wonder if I re-read The Diary of Anne Frank again now would it have a different impact on me now I am older and alot more aware of what went on and alot less naive about the world??"

I'd say probably..you views often change when you get older.


message 44: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Mish wrote: "Great...you found it. I'll added it to mine too :)

Thanks"


No problem:)


message 45: by Jessy (last edited Feb 20, 2012 06:35PM) (new)

Jessy (snuggleglooms) | 381 comments I'm going to add a couple more books to my Non-fiction list:

Postsecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (PostSecret)
by Frank Warren

Postsecret Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren


We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever
by Benjamin Mee

We Bought a Zoo The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever by Benjamin Mee


Alien Interview
by Lawrence R. Spencer, Lawrence Spencer (Editor)

Alien Interview by Lawrence R. Spencer

They all look really interesting I have never really thought about non-fiction before but once I went a looking I have found so many books I would love to read.


message 46: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Feb 20, 2012 06:34PM) (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Jessy wrote: "I'm going to add a couple more books to my Non-fiction list:

Postsecret Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren

[bookcover:We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Yo..."


They sound good Jessy...particularly like the idea of the 'zoo' one...love you to let me know what you think when you're done, please:) It's the one the movie was made from I think....


message 47: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Yeah, I like the sound of the Zoo one too :)


message 48: by Jessy (new)

Jessy (snuggleglooms) | 381 comments Ahhhhh I need to stop or I will be adding like 5 or more books to my list and I already have 10 for the Autumn Challenge lol


message 49: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 70492 comments Mod
Jessy wrote: "Ahhhhh I need to stop or I will be adding like 5 or more books to my list and I already have 10 for the Autumn Challenge lol"

Hahahahah!!!!


message 50: by Jessy (new)

Jessy (snuggleglooms) | 381 comments I had to add this one to the list:

Is It Just Me or Is It Nuts Out There?

Is It Just Me? Or is it nuts out there? by Whoopi Goldberg


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