Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Non-Fiction Adventure Reading Challenge

I was invited to join the Non-Fiction Adventure Reading Challenge. Here are some of the rules:

  • 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  
  • 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 are more guidelines, but I wanted to get the basics.

Five years out from today will be March 22, 2017.

And now for the list (mostly lifted from my GoodReads TBR pile):

Biographies and Memoirs
Agathe Von Trapp: Memories Before and After the Sound of Music
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation
The Essential Groucho: Writings by, for, and about Groucho Marx
Full service : my adventures in Hollywood and the secret sex lives of the stars
The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank
Louisa May Alcott
My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera
Stories I Only Tell My Friends (Rob Lowe)

Rhode Island
The architectural heritage of Newport, Rhode Island : 1640-1915
Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort
Haunted Rhode Island
The Hurricane of 1938
The Old Stone Bank history of Rhode Island
Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined with Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale
The Providence and Rhode Island cookbook : big recipes from the smallest state
Rhode Island : forgotten leader of the Revolutionary era
Rhode Island, the Ocean State : an illustrated history
Rhode Island: An Explorer's Guide
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty
Wicked Conduct: The Minister, the Mill Girl and the Murder That Captivated Old Rhode Island

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War  

The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America
The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village
The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe
A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke
Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History
The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank
A People's History of the United States
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas
The Great Influenza

Religion and Philosophy
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible & Why We Don't Know About Them 

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible & Why
Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through the Pearly Gates: Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explain Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Between
Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife
The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers
The Hero with a Thousand Faces  (Comparative Mythology & religion)

Social Sciences
How to Win Friends & Influence People  

The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World, and the Way We Live Today
Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do

Food, Recipes and Domestic Arts
Eric Sloane's America An Edible History of Humanity
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution 

Why We Eat What We Eat: How Columbus Changed the Way the World Eats
The perfectly imperfect home : how to decorate & live well
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
Upcycling: Create Beautiful Things with the Stuff You Already Have