Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Non-Fiction Adventure: Five Year Plan

  A Non-Fiction

August 10, 2013 - August 10, 2018

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Thanks to Book Dragon over at Book Dragon's Lair, I found yet another challenge.  But this one runs for five plenty of time to work on it.
Here are the guidelines:

  • 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. This is when Michelle began)
  • come back here and post the link to your list in the linky below
  • 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 will be pages posted at the top of the blog for you to link your reviews
  • when you have completed the challenge, come add your link to the Completed Challenges page
  • there will be a blog roll in the sidebar where I will list you/your blog linked to your lists
  • grab the button in the right sidebar and link it back to this blog
  • check out this PAGE which contains links to various online sources with lists of reading ideas
  • I might host a read-a-long from time to time.  If you are hosting one, or an event or challenge surrounding a non-fiction title, post about it at this PAGE
A couple more important details:

  • this challenge can be crossed over with any other challenges
  • your link in the linky below must lead to your list, not just your main blog address.  Any links that are that are blog links only will be delete

My Goal: 50 books Total and average of 10 Books Each Challenge Year (September thru August)

10-Book Goal Met 2013: 12/31/13
10-Book Goal Met 2014: 7/20/14 (23 total over-all)
10-Book Goal Met 2015: 8/7/15 (35 total so far)
10-Book Goal Met 2016: 12/27/16 (45 total so far)
Final Goal Met 2017:  4/17/17 (52 total read) 

Here's a list of my available non-fiction books:
1. RFK: His Life & Death by Editors of American Heritage (4/15/15)
2. The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
3. Nero Wolfe of West Thirty-Fifth Street by William S Baring-Gould (4/4/17)
5. Dorothy L. Sayers by James Brabazon
6. Public Enemies by Bryan Burrough
7. The Book of the Courtier by Castiglione 
8. Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: The First Encounter by James L. Christian (ed) [12/26/13]
9. The Pooh Perplex by Frederick C Crews
10. Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks by John Curran
11. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
12. Exploring the New Testament by Walter M. Dunnett
13. A Treasury of Civil War Tales by Webb Garrison
14. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer & the 19th Century Literary Imagination by Sandra M Gilbert & Susan Gubar
15. Only in Books: Writers, Readers, & Bibliophiles on Their Passion by J. Kevin Graffagnino (ed)
16. Into the Valley: A Skirmish of the Marines by John Hersey [2/28/15]
17. The Mystery Lover's Book of Quotations by Jan Horning (ed) [9/27/13]
18. Great Gambles of the Civil War by Philip Katcher
19. Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books by H. R. F. Keating (12/31/13)
20. Selections from the Essays of Montaigne by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (trans & ed by Donald M. Frame) [7/7/14]
21. Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
22. The Enemy Within by Roberth F. Kennedy
23. The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
24. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis(7/20/14)
25. A Mind Awake by C. S. Lewis
26. Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
27. Alias S. S. Van Dine by John Loughery
28. A Love Worth Giving by Max Lucado
29. And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado
30. Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado
31. No Wonder They Call Him Savior by Max Lucado
32. The Great House of God by Max Lucado
33. Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado
34. When Christ Comes by Max Lucado
35. He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado
36. On the Anvil by Max Lucado
37. Traveling Light by Max Lucado
38. Conundrums for a Long Weekend: England, Dorothy L. Sayers & Lord Peter Wimsey by Robert Kuhn McGregor with Ethan Lewis (8/7/15)
39. Books: a memoir by Larry McMurty (12/22/16)
40. After All by Mary Tyler Moore
41. The Powder of Sympathy by Christopher Morley
42. The Camden Town Murder (Great Murder Trials of the 20th C) by Sir David Napley
43. Wild Enlightenment by Richard Nash
44. The Greatest Book Ever Written by Fulton Oursler
45. The Films of Agatha Christie by Scott Palmer(9/14/16)
46. Crazy Like a Fox by S. J. Perelman
47. James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips
48. Great Cases of Scotland Yard by the Reader's Digest Association (ed)
49. Great True Stories of Crime, Mystery, & Detection by the Reader's Digest Association (ed). 
50. The Wit & Humor of Oscar Wilde by Alvin Redman (ed) [12/29/13]
51. The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers Vol I 1899 to 1936 (The Making of a Detective Novelist) chosen & edited by Barbara Reynolds
52. The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers Vol II 1937 to 1943 (From Novelist to Playwright) chosen & edited by Barbara Reynolds
53. The Complete Making of Indiana Jones by J. W. Rinzler
54. Hold the Roses by Rose Marie
56. The Agatha Christie Companion: The Complete Guide to Agatha Christie's Life & Work by Dennis Sanders & Len Lovallo
57. Hunting for Hope by Scott Russell Sanders
58. Exploring the Old Testament by Samuel J. Schulz & Gary V. Smith
59. Essays on the Eighteenth Century Novel by Robert D. Spector (ed)
60. The Films of Sherlock Holmes by Chris Steinbrunner & Norman Michaels (12/30/14)
61. Esther: A Woman for Such a Time as This by Charles R. Swindoll
62. Thurber's Dogs by James Thurber
63. Laurence Sterne: A Collection of Critical Essays by John Traugott (ed)
64. The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkerson (10/1/13)
65. The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier (10/6/13)
66. Mystery & Crime: NYPL Book of Answers by Jay Pearsall (10/30/13) 
67. By a Woman's Hand by Jean Swanson & Dean James (11/2/13) 
68. Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves (11/7/13)
69. The Armchair Detective Book of Lists by Kate Stine (ed) [12/29/13]
70. The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux [1/20/14]
71. You Can Write a Mystery by Gillian Rogerts (2/9/14) 
72. XCIA's Street Art Project by Hank O'Neal (2/20/14) 
73. It's Not All Flowers & Sausages by Jennifer Scoggin (3/10/14) 
74. Ships of the Line by Doug Drexler & Margaret Clark (5/1/14) 
75. The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw (5/9/14)
76. Beyond Uhura: Star Trek & Other Memories by Nichelle Nichols (5/29/14) 
77. Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (7/30/14) 
78. Zingers, Quips, & One-Liners by Geoff Tibballs, ed (8/25/14) 
79. Book Lovers' London by Lesley Reader (12/30/14)
80. Mystery! A Celebration: Stalking Public Television's Greatest Sleuths by Ron Miller (2/3/15) 
81. I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics by Ritch Shydner & Mark Schiff (2/10/15) 
82. Glenn Ford: A Life by Peter Ford (3/9/15) 
83. The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum (3/22/15)
84. The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (5/5/15) 
85. The Witch & the Hysteric by Alexander Doty & Patricia Clare Ingham (7/14/15) 
86. The British Invasion by Barry Miles (7/20/15)
87. Oh Myyy! by George Takei (1/24/16) 
88. Four Against the Bank of England by Ann Huxley (1/25/16)
89. The Avengers: A Celebration by Marcus Hearn (2/29/16) 
90. A Is for Arsenic by Kathryn Harkup (6/8/16) 
91. The Life & Times of Miss Jane Marple by Anne Hart (11/13/16)
92. The Making of The African Queen by Katharine Hepburn (12/22/16)
93. Keep Laughing by Morey Amsterdam (12/23/16)
94. Those Funny Kids! by Dick Van Dyke (12/27/16)
95. The Black Count by Tom Reiss (1/21/17) 
96. March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (1/26/17)
97. March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (1/27/17)
98. March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (2/16/17)
99. Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo (3/9/17) 
100. The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm by James Napoli (4/14/17) 


Book Dragon said...


great list!

TracyK said...

Sometime last year I considered doing this challenge. I even spent a good deal of my time (and my husband's) coming up with a great list. Just doing that was a lot of fun. But I finally accepted that I am not going to read enough non-fiction to keep up with the challenge, even over five years. I don't read as many books a year as you and realistically I am going to focus on fiction.

I admire your goal and wish I had the energy to join you.

Bev Hankins said...

Thanks, TracyK!

BooksPlease said...

I like this idea - it's similar to The Classics Club, which you also do over five years. I read mainly fiction but have quite a lot(!)of unread non-fiction, so I'm going to make a list (I like doing lists, anyway) and think about joining in. Last year I read 12 non-fiction books so it's a feasible challenge for me.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Bev, welcome to the challenge! I was way behind in checking the link list. I hope you enjoy your non-fiction journey. Thanks for joining us!